Another Unheralded Gem of the National Park System

Teddy Roosevelt National Park *This post continues the mining of old photographs taken in the pre-digital era. We therefore apologize in advance that the quality of the pictures is not quite up to the usual standards. Today we’re again going back into the vault, to the days when photographs were printed on paper, phones didn’t …

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Looking to Get Off the Beaten Path? Try the Lone Star State

Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas Looking for a great American National Park experience? Our suggestion is to look off the beaten path. As far as the outdoor recreation community is concerned, that perfectly describes the dang ole Great State of Texas. No one thinks of Texas as being a hiking mecca. But …

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Tough times for Zion National Park

Angels Landing reopens...but now the Narrows is indefinitely closed. A lot of unfortunate news coming out of Zion National Park these days. First, due to damage resulting from a severe storm earlier this year, the Angels Landing Trail – the most popular in the park – was closed for months. Then, just days after Angel’s …

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Canyon at the Edge of a Neon City

Day 4: Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas With regrets we said goodbye Zion Canyon. We had done what we had set out to...explore the great canyon and do as much hiking as was possible. But we still had a LOT of unfinished business here, enough for at least one more trip. We departed, vowing to …

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Observation (exclamation) Point

Day 3: Observation Point, Zion Canyon *We have added Observation Point to BecauseItzThere's list of Great Hikes in The US and Canada. It's hard to believe a hike could get much better...yet the almost universal consensus is that this hike ranks below Angels Landing and The Narrows,  both of which are Bucketlist Hikes. Need any …

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The Bowl Full of Wonders

Day 2: Bryce Canyon *Located less than 90 minutes north of Zion National Park is much less visited Bryce Canyon National Park. Though less epic in scale than Zion, it is photogenically AT LEAST as pleasing and a worthy place to to visit all by itself. If you are visiting Zion anyway and have time, …

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Zion: A Canyon of Biblical Proportions

Day 1: Zion Canyon *Note that Brian and Sylvia made the pilgrimage to Zion Canyon some five years ago. During this time, Brian, then a man of a 'certain age', has become a man of a certain age plus five years. Therefore, a few minor dramatic liberties have been taken with the account that follows...IE, …

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