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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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Grand Canyon Retrospective: Day 2- Monument Creek to the Colorado River

Every year for the past five years, I have climbed a mountain on my birthday. Last year,  I tackled the inverted mountain that is the Grand Canyon, where 5,000 vertical feet separate the rim from the river. I arrived at … Continue reading

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Grand Canyon Retrospective: Day 1 Down the Hermit Trail

The Seven Wonders of the Natural World – the Grand Canyon, the Great Barrier Reef, the Harbor of Rio de Janeiro, Mount Everest, the Aurora, Paricutin Volcano and Victoria Falls – are not ranked in any particular order, but after … Continue reading

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Packing for Backpacking: Southern Virginia!

This weekend I’m going backpacking in southern Virginia! I had backpacking plans the past two weekends, but I canceled both trips to be with my family. This weekend I’ll be making up for lost trail time (I’m still trying to hit … Continue reading

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Packing for Backpacking: Shenandoah!

This weekend I’m going backpacking in Shenandoah National Park! Shenandoah is the first place I ever went backpacking and one of the loveliest places on Earth. Today, in between learning all about Mercury (the planet, not the element) and interviewing … Continue reading

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This Time, Last Year: Collegiate Peaks & Mount Yale!

Last year, over the long Labor Day weekend, my friend Sarah and I and our three dogs hiked a four-day, 30-mile loop around Colorado’s Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. Now, I’m driving east and Sarah’s navigating the wilderness of New York City. My how time flies! That post … Continue reading

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Grand Canyon: Day 4- 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: Day 3- Tonto Bench & the Weight of Water

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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Grand Canyon: Day 2- Monument Creek to the Colorado River

Every year for the past five years, I have climbed a mountain on my birthday. This year,  I tackled the inverted mountain that is the Grand Canyon, where 5,000 vertical feet separate the rim from the river. I arrived at … Continue reading

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