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In Utah/ Zion National Park

Hiking Zion National Park: I Survived Angel’s Landing!

November 16, 2016

Teetering on the edge of a slippery sandstone cliff, I wait patiently for the lady in front of me who was looking rather green in the gills. Her husband offers some friendly encouragement as she turns around and apologizes for being slow. “No worries,” I say. “Take your time. I’m not in a rush.” And why would I be? Zion Canyon looks especially picturesque this morning. Being able to look down…

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In California/ Hiking/ Sequoia National Park/ Uncategorized

Hiking to Lower Monarch Lake in Mineral King Valley

October 9, 2016

Hiking to Lower Monarch Lake really rewards you for climbing nearly 5 miles uphill. Even though there is the option to travel further to Upper Monarch Lake and Sawtooth Pass, I didn't feel like I was missing out on anything, and let me say - my fear of missing out on any hike is pretty substantial. Lower Monarch Lake was spectacular enough to call it a final…

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The Last Supper (Albert Szukalski, 1984) (Rhyolite, NV)
In Nevada/ Places to see

The Real “Last Supper” Was in a Ghost Town Called Rhyolite

July 27, 2016

The Last Supper sculpture was my main reason for wanting to visit Rhyolite, and it did not disappoint. It's weird, makes no sense and then starts making sense after you notice the visual contrast with the surrounding environment. It was created by a Belgian artist named Albert Szukalski. As I followed, I learn that Mr. Szukalski happened upon the area when he was visiting Northern California.…

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Racetrack Valley
In California/ Death Valley National Park

Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Visiting Racetrack Valley

March 7, 2016

Despite the name, Racetrack Valley sees far less action in Death Valley National Park because it’s so far remote. While it's only ~90 miles from Furnace Creek, 27 miles require driving down Racetrack Valley Road - a rough, washboard, off-road-only ordeal that makes visiting kind of tricky. However, that’s not the half of it. You need to drive a little further if you want to see those…

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