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Bryce Canyon National Park

This post will be another hike up memory lane, inspired by an article I saw on Facebook about the most beautiful national parks to visit in winter.  Bryce Canyon National Park was of course on the list, with photos of snow-covered hoodoos and bright blue skies. We visited in summer a few years ago, and… Continue reading Bryce Canyon National Park

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Hiking Mt. Baden-Powell

Last year, Emily and I had the opportunity to complete what could be considered a Scout rite of passage.  We hiked from Vincent Gap, up forty unrelenting switchbacks, and made it to the peak of Mt. Baden-Powell in the Angeles National Forest in Southern California. Named for Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the British Army officer who… Continue reading Hiking Mt. Baden-Powell

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Flight of the Butterflies

I was driving to Pasadena from work two weeks ago and in the air were hundreds of butterflies. Even in the suburban jungle I call home, California butterflies from the sweet Cabbage white to the majestic Western swallowtail are fairly common. But the swarm of butterflies heading west was a sight that I had never… Continue reading Flight of the Butterflies

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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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Lincoln County, New Mexico Historic Sites

After two days in a row exploring our national monuments with many miles of driving, we kept the Thursday before leaving for Flagstaff 'local.' We used the day as a low-key rest day, but one with visits to the surrounding villages and their historic sites. Our first stop was to the town of Capitan. After… Continue reading Lincoln County, New Mexico Historic Sites