Garden of the Gods, Colorado

After leaving Rachel at the airport, I headed south from Denver trying to get away from the rain. I was heartened as the dawn fog burned off and the morning quickly became sunny.… Continue reading

Denver Days: Downtown Aquarium and the Denver Art Museum

After determining that we wouldn’t be able to both outrun the widespread storm and the flooding – which had shut down an incredible number of roads, including interstates – and be able to… 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

Redstone Coke Ovens and the Georgetown Bighorn Sheep Viewing Area: The Drive to Rocky Mountain National Park

One of my favorite things on this trip has been the liberty to make unplanned stops. Sometimes it’s a point of interest I see marked in my atlas as I check my route… 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

Sego Canyon: Petroglyphs and Pictographs

Driving on I-70 from Moab, we decided to stop at Thompson Springs, Utah to check out the petroglyphs of Sego Canyon. Located within 5 miles of the highway, the canyon has examples of… 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

Arches National Park, Part 2: Devil’s Garden, Tower Arch, and Landscape Arch. Or, Those Dogs Look Like Pigs.

We started the next day at Devil’s Garden, the 7+ mile loop trail that includes 8 arches and a 150 foot spire. Relatively flat at first, the trail gets interesting after passing Landscape… Continue reading

Arches National Park, Part 1: An Introduction to the Incredible

I didn’t do a whole lot of route planning or destination-related research prior to this trip other than a general idea to stay ahead of the cold weather by starting off in the… Continue reading

Canyonlands, Part 3: The Rest of Needles. And Newspaper Rock.

The rest of our time in Needles was full of beautiful sights just slightly less amazing than the Chesler Park/Joint Trail hike. We did a number of short hikes and overlooks along the… Continue reading