Visiting Arches: Arch Enemy #1

Christina 5-3-09 061Arches National Park is a great place to go when the mountains are still covered in snow and ice. This red, arid desert just outside of Moab, Utah is amazing.

Here you will find odd shaped sandstone formations, fins, pinnacles, spires, balanced rocks and, or course…arches (duh)—it has over 2,000 of them.

We met some relatives here for spring break a couple years ago. Having left a relatively warm Idaho, we expected nice warm weather farther south…but that’s not what we got. Continue reading

Chasing Storms in Zion

2005 zion flood3Zion National Park is probably my favorite place on earth.  I know there are places bigger and grander (like Yosemite and Yellowstone), but Zion, even though small compared to those, has more CONCENTRATED beauty jammed into that little area of southern Utah than any other place I know.

My grandparents lived in a little town half an hour from Zion.  I went there all the time as a kid…so I’m a little biased.  Zion is heaven to me…and if you want to be my friend, you’ll agree.  Once when we drove through, one of my young kids asked, “Why do you like this place, Mom?  It’s just a desert.”

I was flabbergasted and wondered if my child had been switched with another at birth…for MY children should LOVE Zion.

I forgave her for her insensitive thoughts…and over the years, I’m happy to say, she has matured and now LOVES Zion.  Little kids sometimes say the darnedest things. Continue reading

Red Rock Canyon & Laughing Burros

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I love camping and hiking…but it’s hard to do in the winter here in Idaho.  It’s too cold…or snowy…or cold…or wet…or cold.

So I thought I’d post about a great place that you can hike and explore during the winter.  This is Red Rock Canyon.  It’s just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.  The weather usually switches between 2 seasons:  sunny and brisk or sunny and scorching.  Sunny is pretty consistent…even in the winter.  My suggestion is to explore Red Rock Canyon anytime but Summer.   The heat is brutal then! Continue reading