american west, Camping, Hiking, national parks, outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized

Hiking the Narrows

Have you ever hiked in a river? I don't mean a stream or river crossing, I mean an actual hike in a river flowing through a massive slot canyon. The Narrows is the most well-known slot canyon in Zion National Park and possibly throughout the southwest. And no wonder: thousand-foot high walls of rock surround… Continue reading Hiking the Narrows

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Science Gone to the Dogs

If you’re in So Cal, need a weekend activity, and love dogs, head over to the California Science Center in Los Angeles to check out ‘Dogs! A Science Tail.’ This new featured exhibit opened this past Saturday, March 16, 2019, and will run through January 2020. With the boys gone over the weekend for a campout, a… Continue reading Science Gone to the Dogs

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Petrified Forest National Park

It's probably difficult to imagine, but hundreds of millions of years ago, Arizona was a tropical rainforest, rich in greenery and trees.  Over time, the geology of the earth shifted and changed, eventually becoming the Arizona we know today. Over the course of that time, stream and river deposits formed the Chinle Formation in what… Continue reading Petrified Forest National Park

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White Sands National Monument

We continued our Southwest Spring Break adventure at White Sands National Monument and the surrounding areas of Alamogordo and Cloudcroft. Alamogordo is home to pistachio orchards and wineries, such as PistachioLand which boasts the 'world's largest pistachio.' We made a stop here on the way to the national monument for some wine-tasting and window shopping.… Continue reading White Sands National Monument

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Another Fun Hike… and Easy Camping

About two weeks ago, a small brush fire at Eaton Canyon disrupted our usual Monday night hike up to Henninger Flats with our Boy Scout troop. Fortunately, our awesome L.A. County and Pasadena firefighters were quickly able to extinguish the wind-fueled blaze before it got more than about an acre. The bad news was that… Continue reading Another Fun Hike… and Easy Camping