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North America » United States » Utah » Bryce Canyon November 27th 2013

It really was one of the best Thanksgivings ever. Wednesday night we arrived at our accommodations in Tropic, Utah. The cabin was perfect, with a king bed and little kitchen corner, and our own front porch (although we didn't get to use the porch, since it was cold and snowy outside). The whole town was closed, so for dinner we picnicked on a few goodies we packed for the road. After dinner we took a stroll through the neighborhood. There were few street lamps to light our way, but the stars were so bright we didn't event need flashlights. The Milky Way was so prominent; it truly was amazing. The next morning we woke up to see an untouched snowy covered landscape. Aside from a bus of Japanese tourists, we were the only ones in the ... read more
Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon

North America » United States » Utah » Zion National Park October 23rd 2013

Zion is one of the few escapes within an easy distance of Las Vegas. It was the perfect time to go - the weather was cool, the trees were turning color, and the late summer rain had fueled the waterfalls. I hiked the lower Emerald Pools trail and the Grotto trail together, then the Ridervise Walk, for about 2-1/2 miles total. St. George was the source for lunch and dinner. It was by far one of the funnest day trips I've taken in a while.... read more
Zion in the Fall
Zion in the Fall
Zion in the Fall


No doubt about it, this is a strenuous hike. While I was perfectly comfortable on Tahquitz Peak the day after hiking, it took three days to recover from Vivian Creek, primarily due to the steep downhill trek the second day. The pack added a lot of extra downward force, and I constantly felt like I was going to be pushed forward and down the side of the mountain. It was only five miles each day, but with a 2,300 ft elevation gain. Not sure if this is a trail I will want to do again. On day one, the hike up the mountain was quite pleasant. After the first mile of steep switchbacks, it was pretty easy going. I was physically and mentally prepared to move swiftly into camp and then head up for the summit. ... read more
Happy camper
View of a mountian, but not "the" mountain
A celebrated flat part of the trail

North America » United States » California » Idyllwild May 18th 2013

Twenty nine pounds. That’s what I carried on my back up a mountain. And then I slept in the woods. This season, our hiking group made two expeditions to Tahquitz Peak. At 8,846 feet in elevation, the trek is about 9-10 miles round trip. Both hikes were made from Humber Park and the Devil's Side Trail. Our first summit was on May 4, just a day trip. It was surprisingly easy compared to our hikes from last summer. Our second summit was on May 18, where we made our way to a campground just beyond Saddle Junction and set up camp. After an hour of downtime, we scurried up to the summit and back to camp. One of our group members actually made lemon drop shooters for everyone. Luxury, indeed. I was incredibly cold, but ... read more
Backpacking
"You are here"
Hiking views


It was a great day for a 6-mile hike in the Mojave National preserve. Getting there was something of an adventure too, since I managed to miss my first exit and assumed all roads would eventually lead to Rome. Following the signs from Baker, Califnornia, I drove on a rutted dirt road for miles and miles and miles. It seemed to take forever, although I could only reasonably manage 10-15 miles per hour. It was a very scenic drive though, and one I might not have been inclined to take otherwise. Nearing the visitors center, there was snow lightly blanketing the landscape. I wondered how much now the desert got in the peak of winter. The visitors center was a little ranch building in the middle of nowhere and was still closed when I arrived. The ... read more
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My greatly anticipated day trip into Death Valley began at 2:30 in the morning. I travelled through Pahrump and past the “Amargosa Opera House” sign. It may have been an interesting drive, had it not been before dawn. For most of the drive, I could see the artificial glow of Las Vegas in the distance. When I arrived at the Badwater Basin parking lot three hours later, I found no one else there. It was an exciting surreal moment, being the only human for miles and miles, shrouded in thick silence and darkness. The sky was full of stars and it did not take long for my eyes to adjust to their light. I didn’t even need my head lamp. Walking out into the salt flats, I watched a couple stars shoot across the sky and ... read more
Badwater Basin at Sunrise
Badwater Basin at Sunrise
Badwater Basin at Sunrise

North America » United States » Nevada » Las Vegas January 20th 2013

January 20-22, 2013 Jennifer Comes to Visit After some travel complications, my little sister arrived in Las Vegas on Sunday morning. We went to breakfast at a busy local spot and then took off for Oatman, Arizona. Our path was not entirely direct, but the two and a half hour drive was filled with interesting desert scenery and endless chatter. To get to the little town, we drove on a segment of old Historic Route 66. I’ve always wanted to drive on part of this road, though not for any particular reason. It was unkept and windy and we pondered at the idea that this was THE road that carried countless travelers before the smooth interstate freeways were constructed. At last we arrived at our destination. What can I really say about Oatman? It is advertised ... read more
Historic Route 66, Arizona
Historic Route 66, Arizona
Historic Route 66, Arizona

North America » United States » Nevada » Las Vegas January 1st 2013

About an hour north of Las Vegas, the Valley of Fire State Park is a pleasant get-away day trip. Similar to Red Rock Canyon to the southwest of town, Valley of Fire comprises of multi-toned red sandstone and jagged basalt. Hiking trails are marked well enough to get around, and it’s hardly ever crowded. I spent a handful of hours roaming around the park and checking out some of the shorter trails. There is much left to be explored. Definitely recommended for those looking to get out of the neon jungle and stretch their legs, and especially great for families. Just turn the kids loose to scramble up the rocks to their hearts’ content. I stayed until the sun began to set, intending to capture some great sunset shots. My plan was foiled when a winter ... read more
Valley of Fire
Valley of Fire
Beehive formations

North America » United States » Nevada » Las Vegas November 24th 2012

Making the rounds of the various resorts in town to see their holiday decorations. For free! Being a tourist doesn't have to cost money. Take your car to the roof of the casino parking structures for a nearly unobstructed view of the Strip, also free.... read more
Palazzo
Palazzo
Palazzo

North America » United States » Utah » Zion National Park September 3rd 2012

We needed to get back to Las Vegas, so we just took the shuttle tour through the park. Definitely will need to return to fully explore.... read more
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