Category Archive: hiking

The Government Shutdown: Hanging Out Around Dixie National Forest

With the government shutdown closing all the parks and monuments I was a bit stuck being in Southern Utah. Without any indication of how long it was going to last and because I… Continue reading

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Part 3: Coyote Buttes and The Wave

An extraordinary set of circumstances occurred when I returned to the trailhead from my morning in Wire Pass and Buckskin Gulch. I had decided to drive to a different trailhead for an afternoon… Continue reading

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Part 2: Wire Pass Buckskin Gulch. Or A Tale of Coordination and Disaster.

I arrived bright and early at Wire Pass Trailhead the morning of October 1st, the day of the government shutdown. As I was looking at the trail map a ranger pulled up and… Continue reading

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Part 1 and Horseshoe Bend

After leaving Grand Canyon I headed to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Arriving after midday, I started with some shorter hikes and excursions, the first of which was a drive out to the old… Continue reading

The Grand Canyon: North Rim

Well, the Grand Canyon is certainly impressive. The canyon is massive, an echoing void in the earth that constantly forces air – almost silently – from its depths. The Cape Royal Road was… Continue reading

Chaco Canyon, Part 2: Pueblo Alto Trail, the Famous Pueblo Bonito, and a Moonlight Tour

Chaco Canyon, in addition to being the home of some amazing ruins, also happens to be a fantastically beautiful place. The Ancestral Puebloan people believed that this was their “center place,” a sacred… Continue reading

Great Sand Dunes National Park. Or, Sand in My Shoes. And My Pack. And My Shorts (?).

The National Park Service takes their resource stewardship very, very seriously and reminds visitors through ample signage not to remove or tamper with any objects, animals, or property. So I owe the NPS… Continue reading

Rocky Mountain National Park

We had scheduled 4 days in Rocky Mountain before Rachel had to fly back home but our trip coincided with the beginnings of the thousand year storm that, as you may have heard,… Continue reading

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is not entirely black; the gneiss and schist layers are really more a grayish hue and are liberally dissected by veins of rose and white pegmatite. But… Continue reading

Arches National Park, Part 3: Fiery Furnace!

The Fiery Furnace is described by the Park Service as a “mazelike labyrinth,” a description that I find very apt. Both Rachel and I were very eager to see this but as luck… Continue reading