A Fall Hike Above Mammoth Cave, KY

We arrived at Mammoth Cave National Park in the late afternoon and setup our tent at the camp site. We had missed the last cave tour so we bought tickets for the first one the next morning and then headed out for a short hike. We took the Green River Bluffs Trail which led us […]

Cave Spring Camp, Canyonlands, UT

In the late 1800s, the most important industry in the Western United States was the cattle and sheep business. Ranchers would roam the countryside looking for pastures where their livestock to graze. Around 1890, they began bringing their herds into Canyonlands National Park (though it wasn’t a park at the time). Since the area was […]

Hiking Canyonlands’ Needles District

The last park we visited in Utah was Canyonlands National Park (recently made famous by the great movie 127 Hours) . This park is HUGE and is split up into three districts: Island in the Sky, The Maze, and The Needles. I had read that The Needles offered the best hiking so that was where […]

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 […]

Hike to Scout Lookout in Zion

On our last day in Zion, the weather was still preventing us from heading up The Narrows so we opted for one of the more strenuous hikes instead. Trey and I headed up the West Rim Trail towards a peak called Angel’s Landing (the peak on the left in the image above). Angel’s Landing is […]

Climbing Joshua Tree’s Cap Rock

Here are some more photos from our time in Joshua Tree National Park. On this day we hiked around the Cap Rock area and Trey and I did some boulder climbing/scrambling up to the top. Click for a larger view of this panorama

Forty-Nine Palms Oasis

On September 23rd, Heidi’s birthday, we decided to hike to the Forty Nine Palms Oasis, one of 5 Desert Fan Palm oases in Joshua Tree National Park. It was a 3.3 mile hike up and down the desert mountain side to a nicely shaded oasis. Interestingly, an oasis forms where the tectonic plates have shifted […]

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA

After leaving San Diego, Trey and I headed for the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. It is California’s largest state park and the only one that allows open camping – basically pitch your tent wherever you want. We found a nice secluded location near Borrego, CA and setup tent. Throughout the night bands of coyotes were […]

Doe Mountain Hike near Sedona, AZ

Sedona, Arizona is kind of like the rich man’s, liberal version of Gatlinburg, TN. For every “God Bless America” themed sign in Gatlinburg, Sedona has a “New Age Healer” sign. They’re so new-agey there that the hiking map I got at a visitor center had “energy vortexes” marked on it. We had a bit of a […]

Hiking in the Guadelupe Mountains

You could spend a good two weeks hiking this National Park and not cover half the ground. The park is close enough to Carlsbad Caverns (just across the state line in New Mexico) that we could drive there for the bat flight and then return to camp. The next morning we did the 4-mile Devil’s […]