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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 […]

Fall Foliage on Fire

fall foliage

Fall is the best season, wouldn’t you agree?  I was raised in southern Louisiana where we have two and a half seasons: hot, a little less hot, and sometimes cold. In the winter, we receive a brief break from the unbearable heat, and it may freeze a handful of nights.  The leaves change from green […]

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