Tag Archives: hiking

Virginia Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive

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We are in Virginia this week traveling along the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive.

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From the South just West of Lynchburg, mile marker 65 is the Natural Bridge.

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At mile marker 30 is Crabtree Falls, 2 mile hike round trip.

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Down the road from Crabtree Falls the Appalachian Trail crosses the Tye River with a suspension bridge.

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At the end of the Blue Ridge Parkway the road continues into the Shenandoah National Park and becomes the Skyline Drive. Just before you enter Skyline Drive, standing alone off the side road, an abandon Howard Johnson’s, sad kind-of…va-skd

Around Mile Marker 50 on the Skyline Drive is the Dark Hollow Falls, 4 mile hike round trip…

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Fall is coming and the leaves are just starting to turn, one more week and it will be at it’s peak, i’ll try and capture some of that beauty if i can…

Zion

This week We are in the Zion National Park, Utah. A beautiful punishing place if you hike Angles Landing, not for the faint of heart…welcome-to-zion-national-park

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Our mission is to climb this beast… Angles Landing….zion-3

It’s not easy….

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It took us 6 hours up and back, five people have fallen to their death in the past 10 years but if you go slow and steady it’s a piece of “well …. be careful” . A wonderful hike …

 

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Next, westward to Valley of Fire in Nevada …

Grand Canyon – South Rim

Just outside of the Grand Canyon National Park, Maria waits for tourist to stop and buy her turquoise and silver jewelry, we oblige. I ask the obvious questions I’m sure she has heard all her life. With her hair held up by a Bic pen she tells me she is Navajo (American Indian), and her family has been here since the beginning of time, such a lovely woman, I wish I had more time to spend with her…GrandCanyon-2 GrandCanyon-3 GrandCanyon-6

We are on our 6th day traveling around Arizona and Utah and today we are at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon…

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Next Flagstaff and Phoenix Arizona…

Glen Canyon Utah

We are on day four traveling around Arizona and Utah. Yesterday we were finding pot on our hike in Sedona, today we are on a boat motoring up Lake Powell making our way through Glen Canyon to reach the tallest natural bridge in the world, RAINBOW BRIDGE.

The boat comes close enough to the canyon wall you can touch it.GlenCanyon-9

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Once the boat docks it’s a short hike to the monument. 234 feet (71 m) tall Rainbow Bridge was not known to the outside world until 1909.

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Next, The Grand Canyon…

Smoking Pot on the trail

We are traveling around Arizona and Utah this week, first stop Sedona Arizona.

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A local told us of a great hike that tourist rarely get to and that I could get a good shot from behind Cathedral Rock. Once there I sit in the shade and take this shot.

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This is the spot to “Zin-out” because next to me is a bag of pot and a pipe, I look around and no one is in sight, no one … “Hmmm”, I take a picture of it, pick it up, smell it. “Hmmm”, I look around again, not a soul except my partner Ms. E. Well… I put it back ;) where I found it, maybe the next hiker will enjoy it…Pot on trail

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Next Glen Canyon Utah

NC Mountains USA Day one of two…

We are in the Pisgah National Forest of Western North Carolina. Crabtree Falls. This hike is about one mile round trip.

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We came across a mother bear and her three cubs raiding a dumpster. Do not get out of the car or run from the bear if you encounter them…

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Day two next….