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Hiking the North Rim

January 22nd 2013 8:18 am
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Kanab is a charming little town in southern Utah. Dad and I camped in the national forest outside of town and spent a few days hiking trails on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon which is nearby. The North Rim is more remote and higher than the South Rim. It is also heavily forested and trails there lead out to stunning viewpoints. Some pix with descriptions follow.

North Rim Grand Canyon

 

Bryce Canyon

January 18th 2013 12:42 pm
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Crossing into Utah,we headed for Bryce Canyon National Park. Along the way,we passed the old Frisco mining site near Milford. This is the location of the Horn Silver mine. The mine is now abandoned,but the maze of underground tunnels here invite exploration! Dad and I ventured into one but were careful not to go too far back as there are many branching tunnels and getting lost underground would be a horrific even fatal experience. We camped near Cedar City Utah that night then arrived at Bryce Canyon National Park the next day. Bryce is a colorful wonderland of rock spires and folded hills. We spent a few days hiking the trails there. Pix of our journeys at Bryce with descriptions follow.

Bryce Canyon

 

Nevada---US version of the Australian Outback

January 11th 2013 2:04 pm
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Dad and I passed thru Nevada after leaving California and we spent a few days exploring places there. The state is largely empty desert but it has a remote beauty. In the words of Ed Aldrin,2nd man on the moon, "Magnificent Desolation" Nevada reminded my Dad of the Australian Outback,a place we hope to visit one day. We hiked in the remote Black Rock Desert and explored Lunar Crater. Some pix with descriptions follow.

Nevada

 

Snow at Donner Lake

January 10th 2013 2:38 pm
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More updates from our West trip last fall. Dad and I exited California via Interstate 80 after leaving the coast. Rain in the lower elevations quickly changed to snow as the highway climbed towards Donner Pass in the Sierra Nevada mts. The highway passes by Donner Lake here and we stopped to take a hike in the snow. We hiked thru Donner State Park---this is the area where the Donner Party succumbed to starvation and cannibalism in the 1840`s---and then around the lake. Many nice cabins are located here and they were even prettier in the snow! Some pix with descriptions follow.

Snow at Donner Lake

 

Exploring the California coast

January 8th 2013 1:41 pm
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After hiking in Yosemite last fall,Dad and I traveled on to the coast arriving there near the town of Ft Bragg. We spent a few days driving and hiking along SR-1 here. The rugged nature of the coastline is breathtaking! Some pix with descriptions are in the link.

California Coast

 

Yosemite National Park---Oct 2012

January 3rd 2013 12:54 pm
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Dad and I continued our explorations in California after leaving Death Valley. We went on to Yosemite and spent several days hiking amongst the soaring granite spires and domes there. Some pix with descriptions follow.


Hiking in Yosemite

 

California Desert and Death Valley

December 27th 2012 3:47 pm
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After our hiking in the Grand Canyon and Flagstaff areas,my dad and I journeyed on to California. We entered via the Mojave Desert stopping to raft on Lake Havasu then traveled thru the desert to Death Valley National Park which had lots of neat places to explore. Some pix with descriptions follow.


California Desert and Death Valley

 

Kachina Peaks hiking

December 26th 2012 8:20 am
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Just another update from our fall trip. After hiking the rim trail at the Grand Canyon,my dad and I spent the next day hiking in the mountains near Flagstaff,AZ. This area is known as the Kachina Peaks wilderness and offers spectacular mountain hiking. Some pix with descriptions follow.


Kachina Peaks hiking

 

Hiking the Rim Trail

December 21st 2012 1:33 pm
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Dogs are not allowed below the rim of Grand Canyon due to the heat and harsh desert terrain. Thus I had to stay in a kennel for the week that Dad was backpacking down there. Dad exited the Canyon,picked me up,and the next day I got to stretch my legs with a 12 mile hike along the Rim Trail. This trail follows the south rim from Grand Canyon Village out to Hermit`s Rest and back---6 miles each way. It is a mostly level trail and affords stunning views down into the canyon.

Hiking the Rim Trail

 

Hiking out to Clear Creek

December 21st 2012 9:11 am
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Clear Creek is a scenic side canyon in the Grand Canyon. On the second part of his backpacking trip,my dad hiked on out there. The link goes to pix with descriptions.

Hiking out to Clear Creek

 
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