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San Rafael Swell, Utah

The San Rafael Swell is a really neat area that happens to be bisected by Interstate 70, meaning lots of people get to see it even if they don’t realize what they are driving through. The San Rafael Swell, 2,000 … Continue reading

Valley of Fire - storm really on its way

Valley of Fire, Nevada

A quick trip through the Valley of Fire. A beautiful place, made even more amazing by the storm that decided to pay us a visit. Lots of good hiking here, as well as a campsite if you can get in … Continue reading

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Desert Wildflowers

Many of the deserts treasures can be seen from afar – a beautiful Joshua Tree, an Ocotillo in flower, even an agave reaching for the sky with bright yellow flowers.  But even more of the deserts best kept secrets are … Continue reading

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Sonoran Desert, Arizona

Just a brief trip through the desert in March, 2007.  

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Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Utah

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Favorite Desert Camping Spots

Zion National Park   Mojave in the winter The campgrounds we found was somewhere off Cima Road, south of I-15. Death Valley Joshua Tree  

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Arizona – mountain hiking

A lovely road trip to Arizona in 2011.  I cannot remember why we decided to go, other than that I think we wanted to see the trees and do some hiking.  We hiked Bill Williams Peak, another peak near Flagstaff … Continue reading

Mt Baldy summit

Hiking Mt. Baldy (San Ysidro)

Mt. Baldy is also know as San Ysidro Peak, which stands at 11,000’.  It’s a good hike, but don’t start late in the day like we did.  It’s a long way down too.

Beautiful Shot of Zion Narrows

Hiking the Narrows in Zion National Park

The Narrows refers to an 18-mile stretch of the Virgin River in Utah, within Zion National Park.  It is typically a 2-day hike with an overnight sleeping on the river bank about halfway. While 18 miles can be done in … Continue reading

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Calf Creek, Utah

Southwestern Utah is dry, but the rivers and canyons are lush and beautiful.  Nothing like a summer camping trip to a peaceful litte area called Calf Creek. Calf Creek is located in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, a bit off … Continue reading