I had formed an impression of Sedona before I got there. A beautiful natural setting, a stodgy retirement community that exudes money, a place that’s touristy and over-hyped. My impression was only partly right. Continue reading Surprising Sedona
Quite simply, it’s grand. The scale of the canyon is hard to grasp. When early explorers first saw the canyon, they thought it was about a mile across. In fact, it’s ten miles across.
There’s nothing quite like the first sight of it. Continue reading Grand Canyon
What do you get when you’ve spent eight nights camping, mostly in scenic national parks, and you suddenly find yourself on the Las Vegas Strip? Culture shock. Continue reading Culture shock and a happy surprise in Las Vegas
The most popular hike in Zion Nation Park is Angels Landing. It’s a strenuous 8.7 km (5.4 miles) hike with an altitude change of 453 m (1488 ft). It has long drop-offs. The last section is along a steep, narrow ridge with chains set up as handrails. That’s not the trail we did. Continue reading Hiking in Zion
We had no camping reservations in Zion National Park, one of the busiest parks in the United States. Continue reading Adventures in camping – Zion style
Traveling is about getting out of your comfort zone and doing new things. I had never gone canyoneering and what better place to start than in the famous slot canyons of southern Utah. Continue reading Canyoneering in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument
Goblin Valley State Park is like a little secret. Hidden at the end of a 16 km (10 miles) road off Utah state road 1016, it feels completely remote, as though events in the rest of the world could never affect this little gem.
We went there for two reasons: Continue reading The night Goblins blew into our tent