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Utah Part II: Bryce and Arches

Utah Part II: Bryce and Arches

This is the second post in a series about spectacular places in Utah based on my recent trip in March, 2019. In the first post, I talked about Zion National Park. This post will focus on two other highlights of the trip: Bryce Canyon and Arches National Parks. After leaving Zion, we drove north toward Bryce on highway 89, covering a distance of about 75 miles. Bryce Canyon National Park Bryce Canyon is known for its large concentration of hoodoos,…

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Utah Part I: Zion

Utah Part I: Zion

I visited Southern Utah recently. My route started in Las Vegas and took me through Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, and Arches National Parks. This is my first post in a series about some very beautiful places in Utah. This post will focus on Zion National Park and surrounding areas. I’ve seen Utah three times before, but I am always wanting to go back. When I hear the word “vacation,” I immediately picture myself scrambling on the slickrock and…

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Zion National Park: Observation Point After a Snowstorm

Zion National Park: Observation Point After a Snowstorm

Although my trip to Angel’s Landing was cloudy without too much of a view, the skies cleared on the next day for a hike to Observation Point. The trail starts from the Weeping Rock Trailhead in Zion Valley. Observation Point is an 8-mile round-trip hike with steep switchbacks, stream-seamed canyons, seasonal stream crossings, soaring cliffs, and some flatter areas. It is absolutely my favorite hike in the park. Figure on at least five hours or more to do this in…

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Zion National Park in the Winter: Angel’s Landing and What I Wore

Zion National Park in the Winter: Angel’s Landing and What I Wore

I had the good fortune to ascend to Scout Lookout on the Angel’s Landing┬átrail in Zion National Park on Christmas Day. A snowstorm had arrived the night before and was continuing on and off throughout the morning and afternoon, making for a very beautiful and surreal landscape. Locals said this much snow was unusual, although Zion has experienced four white Christmases in a row as of this year. From the Grotto Trailhead in the valley, the Angel’s Landing trail is…

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Life Is a Balance

Life Is a Balance

Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed . . . . Without any remaining wilderness we are committed wholly, without chance for even momentary reflection and rest, to a headlong drive into our technological termite-life, the Brave New World of a completely man-controlled environment. -Wallace Stegner, Wilderness Letter I started backpacking in my early 30s. It was something I had always wanted to do, but never found the…

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