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Tai Chi photography and a gent posing.

Yellowstone Wildlife, Human Edition

By     |    Jun 27, 2012
Posted in: Montana, Parks, Wyoming     |    1 Comment

Yellowstone is a zoo without fences. People treat it like a zoo too. They’re crazy here. They’ll walk right up to a buffalo almost, assuming it’s tame, gentle, pet-able. Insanity indeed. Here’s what we saw.

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Beautiful, beautiful Lower Yellowstone Falls. Always an amazing sight.

Yellowstone National Park: Beautiful Insanity

By     |    Jun 27, 2012
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There’s no place on earth like Yellowstone National Park. I love the smell of sulfur drifting from the geysers, hot springs, and mudpots. I love walking around the geyser basins’ alien landscape. The stinky steam has a calming effect on me, like a spa trip. Which is a good thing, because Yellowstone is insane. Way too many people. Each day I had a tolerance that steadily wore away, until I wanted […]

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I know it's just a regular old squirrel, but it's pretty damn cute.

Spring Babies in the Tetons and Yellowstone

By     |    Jun 26, 2012
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June is spring in the Tetons and Yellowstone. There’s still plenty of snow on the ground and new snow threatens regularly. Night temps dip into the 30s. There are spring flowers, fresh green tips on pine trees, and squirrels shoving as much food into their faces as they possibly can. And there are babies, baby animals everywhere! Paul says the Tetons and Yellowstone are zoos without fences. It’s true. These […]

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Buffalo, barn, (base of) Tetons.

Grand Tetons Photography: Easier Than We Thought

By     |    Jun 25, 2012
Posted in: Parks, Wyoming     |    1 Comment

There are so many awesome photos of the Grand Tetons. They’re amazing mountains. And then there are the ones with that barn, that perfectly shaped and aged bar in the foreground. Others have snow and fog and buffalo as well. There are a lot of fantastic pictures of the park … because it’s fantastically easy to get a good photo. The place is just photogenic. All the beautiful stuff is […]

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Full body workout.

Highlights from Arches National Park — The Fiery Furnaces and Delicate Arch

By     |    Jun 18, 2012
Posted in: Hikes, Parks, Utah     |    2 Comments

After a few visits, we’d exhausted all there is to do in Arches National Park, but since we were in the area, we couldn’t resist stopping again for a scramble around the Fiery Furnaces and a Delicate Arch revisit. Hiking in the Fiery Furnaces is an ordeal. You first must stop at the visitor’s center, watch an instructional video, be quizzed by a Ranger (Ranger: “Now, tell me how to […]

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After 4.4 miles, confirmation that we're on the right trail.

Hiking and Camping in Canyonlands National Park’s Needles District

By     |    Jun 13, 2012
Posted in: Parks, Utah     |    1 Comment

A typical visit to Canyonlands National Park is like a typical visit to the Grand Canyon: drive up, get out of car, stand on rim, look in, get in car, drive away. Nothing wrong with that, but I wanted to get into the land of the canyons and walk around a little. So we headed to the Needles District of the park, located about 60 miles south of the more-often-visited […]

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A lone goblin.

Don’t Chase the Lizards in Goblin Valley

By     |    Jun 12, 2012
Posted in: Parks, Utah     |    No Comments

It’s weird — every park is a bit different. They all have different signs, warning about different things. Some seem to guarantee you’ll be attacked by a mountain lion if you dare to tread on the trails, other are totally blasé about it. Mountain lions? Just don’t try to ride them. Parks warn you about ravens stealing your food or rodents or bears or ringtails or raccoons. Every park seems […]

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Livestock gate.

Hiking in Capitol Reef National Park

By     |    Jun 11, 2012
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After our haphazard trip across mid-central-south Utah, we ended up in Capitol Reef National Park and wanted to chill for a few days in the relative warmth. Much to our surprise, so did a few hundred other people. Capitol Reef is always listed as one of the least visited, quietest National Parks. What happened? Was it becoming a victim of its own success, like the North Rim of the Grand Canyon? […]

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My favorite kind of sign.

Bryce Canyon Does Not Stand Alone

By     |    Jun 7, 2012
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Bryce Canyon is really cool. Super gorgeous scenery, fun hiking, good wildlife. It’s a place you have to visit in your lifetime. But it’s busy, busy, busy, so we were planning to avoid it this time around. Instead, we focused on all the places around Bryce that are overlooked because they aren’t National Parks. NPS says: Did You Know? The difference between a National Monument and a National Park is the way […]

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The view of Zion Canyon from Lava Point.

The Day We Almost Froze

By     |    Jun 6, 2012
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We try to keep an eye on the forecast as we’re traveling, but we’ve been hit with some weird stuff that we weren’t expecting — blizzards, haboobs, massive thunderstorms and windstorms, and plain old too hot and too cold temps. Most of the time we just leave things up to chance. We started heating up for real in Zion, where the daily temps were always in the mid-90s. The day […]

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