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One of Nat Geo’s Favorite Hikes- Bryce’s Queen’s Garden Navajo Loop: A Photo Essay

Nat Geo’s Favorite Hikes Three national parks. Four trails. Four days. The Queens Garden-Peekaboo-Navajo Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon was definitely our favorite. National Geographic includes the three mile Queens Garden/Navajo Loop Trail in their 20 best hikes in national parks. Per the pony-tailed, grizzly bearded park ranger’s suggestion (he was groovy), we added the […]

Bryce Canyon: Hoodoo, Will You Do?

Bryce Canyon, not a canyon at all, is actually a series of massive, natural amphitheaters lining the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Located 50 miles northeast of Zion, it’s also 1,000 feet higher- and much cooler- than Zion National Park. Driving along the 18-mile main park road, we stopped at lookouts claiming over 9,100 feet […]

Zion’s Secret Petroglyph Canyon


There was a look of consternation on his face as he focused intently on his iPhone screen. I continued to babble off quotes about how amazing Angel’s Landing, The Narrows, Observation Point, and Hidden Canyon were. “I think we could squeeze the Emerald Pools in after Angel’s Landing,” I announced, but Alan wasn’t really listening. […]

Angel’s Landing or Devil Falls?

Angel's Landing

Trudging through the ice-cold river, in the constant shade of The Narrows‘ slot canyon walls, my mind kept wandering to the sun-drenched peak of Angel’s Landing- the next day’s hike. On our recent trip to Utah, we started our outdoor adventures with one of the park’s most popular and unique trails, which also happened to […]

Hiking Zion’s “The Narrows”

Zion is one of those iconic American national parks. According to National Geographic, it’s one of the ten most visited national parks in the U.S. It’s also the oldest and most popular (most visited) park in Utah. We decided that we needed at least two nights there. I wouldn’t recommend any less. We wanted to do […]

Hiking in the Highlands, North Carolina


The Highlands and the surrounding areas in North Carolina (Cashiers, Brevard) have always been one of my favorite places in the U.S. Growing up with unbearably hot and sticky summers in Southern Louisiana, my family almost always escaped to the cool reprieve of the Appalachian Mountains during the three month school break. Mom chose the […]

Fourth of July on Fox Glacier New Zealand

Making vacation plans for July 4th? Why not opt for something completely unconventional and clamber up New Zealand’s epic Fox Glacier. Don’t worry, you can include totally American activities like hot-dog eating and beer drinking. (Reading this and thinking, but I’m not American…? Well, I still think it’s a good idea for any nationality to hike […]

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