Tibetan Music at Arches

One of the interesting things we saw heard at Arches National Park was a young man playing music on Tibetan “singing bowls” at the base of the Double Arch. The notes that reverberated from the steel bowls made a really beautiful ambient melody that echoed around the natural cove created by the arches. Trey was quite fascinated […]

Trey in Arches National Park

We spent 2 1/2 days in Arches National Park and did a fair amount of hiking. Though you can see a lot of the landmarks from your car, the best ones (and the best views) are obtained by hiking. The longest hike we did was 4.2 mile round-trip trek to see Double O Arch. Here […]

Sunset in Zion

We ended our first day in Zion National Park with a leisurely stroll down Pa’rus Trail, a paved path that follows the river down to the campgrounds. Even though it is the most trafficked trail, we still saw some wildlife – a buck who was just chillin’ in the grass and a tarantula scurrying his […]

Exploring Zion’s Temple of Sinawava

It rained during most of our stay at Zion National Park. As a result, there were flash flood advisories and it wasn’t wise to hike up the famous Narrows. It was a bit of a disappointment but we still made the best of our 2 days there (we were originally going to stay 3-4). We […]

Valley of Fire Videos

Some short video clips from our time at Valley of Fire in Nevada. First off, is Trey playing his harmonica at sunrise. Next is just one of the many rock formations we climbed – Trey loved climbing rocks. Finally, a cool little slot canyon we found. Trey calls all slot canyons and caves his “rock […]

Salt Flats in Southern California

While driving from Joshua Tree National Park to the Mojave National Preserve, we passed an area that looked really interesting on Google Maps. I wasn’t sure what it was so I decided we would stop when we got there. It turned out to be salt flats – large reservoirs that are filled with salt water […]

Mojave Desert Lava Beds

In the northeast corner of the Mojave National Preserve you leave the vast Kelso Dunes and come across a low ridge of black lava rock that seems to stretch on forever (check it out on Google Maps). We parked and hiked about a mile to the edge of the lava beds. I was impressed that […]