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Zion’s South Campground Mayoral Address

By     |    Jun 6, 2012
Posted in: Parks, Utah     |    1 Comment

People of Zion’s South Campground, this is your mayor speaking. There are going to be some changes. Yes, the campground will stay first come, first served. However, we’re going to stick to the letter of that law instead of rewarding those that are most persistent, annoying, and rude. Effective immediately, there will be no more trolling for spots at 7:00AM. We’re just going to ban that. If you want to […]

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Sol Foods Chili Dog, Springdale, UT.

Zion Park Food Deals: Margaritas and Hot Dogs

By     |    Jun 5, 2012
Posted in: Food, Parks, Utah     |    No Comments

Zion National Park is in the boons. Closest town is Springdale, and stuff ain’t cheap. Natural Light, the 3.2 Utah version, was  priced $29 for a 30-pack at the local grocery store, Sol Foods. We’d paid $8 for a twelver only a couple days before! We skipped the booze at Sol Foods and opted for lunch. Their chili dog is worth every penny ($4.99). My only suggestion: dry out the […]

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Paul on the West Rim Trail. See, plenty scary!

Hiking in Zion National Park

By     |    Jun 5, 2012
Posted in: Hikes, Parks, Utah     |    2 Comments

Zion National Park is my favorite place in the country, beating out even Death Valley. The trails and vistas in the park are so fantastic that they sometimes defy belief. These trails wouldn’t be built today, and I live in fear that they’ll finally be closed down one day. In addition to maintained trails, there are entire slickrock sections of backcountry where you can explore to your heart’s (and compass’) content. This […]

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Edward Abbey

Transcript of Edward Abbey’s Zion Park Ranger Program

By     |    Jun 4, 2012
Posted in: Parks, Utah     |    No Comments

A few nights ago, we went to a ranger program at Zion about its wilderness areas. We left wondering what Edward Abbey would have said at one of these ranger programs. So we asked him. Hi, my name’s Edward Abbey. I was born in the east, fought in the second world war, and once worked as a ranger at Arches National Park. I’ve written a handful of books on the […]

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The meanders -- they're deep. Three loops are near the viewing area, but it's impossible to get them all in the frame.

Goosenecks State Park in Utah

By     |    May 30, 2012
Posted in: Parks, Utah     |    2 Comments

If we hadn’t been screwed in Monument Valley, we would have never stumbled upon Goosenecks State Park. There’s not much to the park, really, just a pit toilet and a parking lot you can camp in (for free). No water, no real trails, just the “goosenecks” of the San Juan River. However, the park has been written up somewhere, because there’s a constant trickle of tourists that drive in, snap […]

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Lies, damn lies, and out-of-date websites.

Monument Valley Navajo Park Campground is Closed. Now Update Your Website!

By     |    May 30, 2012
Posted in: Arizona, Parks, Utah     |    1 Comment

One of the toughest things to deal with on the trip is outdated information. We have this camping guidebook from 2007, and its prices are sometimes off by a factor of 3x (ahem, California), sometimes still spot-on. It’s still useful when we don’t have internet service or phone service. We’ve learned to live with prices changing. That’s fine, we understand that they go up. But if something is closed, and […]

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The big ladder at Balcony House.

Returning to Mesa Verde 20ish Years Later

By     |    May 29, 2012
Posted in: Colorado, Parks     |    No Comments

I’m unsure now of the chronology of it, but somewhere between Wall Drug, the Corn Palace, and the Four Corners, we visited Mesa Verde on one of the road trips of my childhood. I also remember stopping to visit a friend of my parents in Newport Beach, California. They had their own copy machine, which made me think they lived in terrific wealth, but they lived in a duplex, which made me wonder […]

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A tour group in Cliff Palace.

The Palaces of Mesa Verde National Park

By     |    May 29, 2012
Posted in: Colorado, Parks     |    1 Comment

I first visited Mesa Verde as a kid and I loved it. I wasn’t sure it would be worthwhile to return, but we’ve got the time and the campground has free showers, so we decided to go for it. Visiting a place as an adult that you loved as a child is almost always going to be rewarding. OK, maybe not if the place is Disneyland, but a return visit […]

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Our first hike started out sunny and welcoming...

A Perfect Day in Guadalupe Mountains National Park

By     |    May 22, 2012
Posted in: Parks, Texas     |    1 Comment

After surviving our epic trip across Texas, we finally arrived in the dark of night at Guadalupe Mountains National Park, escorted by swarms of bats that we imagined were from nearby Carlsbad Cavern. The last time we were here, we got snowed out. We’ve been looking forward to returning ever since. So what does the perfect day involve? Well, first you wake up early, before the campground construction workers get started […]

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Our long trek down the beach.

Heaven is St. Joseph Peninsula, FL

By     |    May 10, 2012
Posted in: Florida, Parks     |    1 Comment

Heaven is located about an hour from Panama City, FL (aka the Redneck Riviera). Heaven is the State Park on St. Joseph Peninsula, a tiny sandbar that juts into the Gulf of Mexico near the middle of nowhere. This area calls itself the forgotten coast. I can’t decide if they’re happy or unhappy that they seem to have been forgotten by the partiers that patronize Panama City or the oldsters […]

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