Monthly Archives: April 2013

Watch Your Step!

A few weeks ago, my friend Devin and I drove six hours out of our way so Devin could meet the Grand Canyon and so I could see it for the sixth time. We walked up to the South Rim at Mather … Continue reading

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Free National Park Week!

In all my Earth Day revelry, I totally forgot to post a reminder that this week, April 22-26, is a free National Park week! The entry fee waiver also includes National Monuments (like Tent Rocks), National Seashores (Assateague Island), and National Historical … Continue reading

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Earth Day in the Garden of the Gods

It should come as no surprise that Earth Day is my favorite holiday. These last couple of years I seem to be working on an Earth Day tradition: exploring New Mexico’s bizarre and beautiful rocks! Last year, I took a friend … Continue reading

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Grand Canyon: Surviving Supai

Havasu is not a place for solitude. People have been living here for over a thousand years and the human presence is palpable, even downstream, past End Falls and Beaver Falls, on the little-used trail that runs down to the … Continue reading

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Grand Canyon: Day of Rest in Havasu

On day 3, we rested. We had hiked 23 miles from the canyon rim down to the Colorado and back up to our campsite at the edge of Mooney Falls in two days and I awoke on the third as … Continue reading

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Grand Canyon: Down Havasu to the Colorado

End Falls is marvelous. At 196-feet high, it’s taller than Niagara and although it only spouts a single jet, the travertine-laced water is almost supernaturally bright blue. For centuries, End Falls marked the northern edge of the Havasupai homelands, since … Continue reading

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Grand Canyon: Havasu!

Last year, dragging my feet through a snowstorm on my way out of the Grand Canyon, I made a deal with myself: I would leave the canyon willingly on the condition that I’d come back every year for another hike. … Continue reading

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Grand Canyon Retrospective: Day 5- Bright Angel Snowstorm!

In September 2011, I visited the Grand Canyon for the second time in my life and a wintertime postcard in the North Rim gift shop convinced me I needed to see the Canyon in the snow. On the fifth and last … Continue reading

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Grand Canyon Retrospective: Day 4- Ravens at Plateau Point

After three sunny, dreamy days in the Threshold Zone of the Grand Canyon, on Day 4 we hiked into the Corridor Zone and saw the first sign of civilization since leaving the rim: Crossing the Tonto Platform, we had gone … Continue reading

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Grand Canyon Retrospective: Day 3- Crossing the Tonto Bench

After a day spent detouring down to the shores of the Colorado, on Day 3, we had a long hike back up and across the Tonto Bench to our next campsite at Horn Creek. The Tonto Bench is a wide, … Continue reading

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