Tag Archives: Hiking

Top activities in Swaziland

I had heard of Swaziland before receiving my Peace Corps country placement, but I did not know anything about this tiny kingdom in Southern Africa. You might be traveling to Swaziland for the first time because you know PCV here … Continue reading

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Photo essay: Slot canyons in Robbers Roost Country

My grand introduction to technical canyooneering took place in Robbers Roost Country in southeastern Utah in an area west of Canyonlands National Park and east of Goblin Valley State Park. The area is called Robbers Roost because it is where … Continue reading

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Learning to grow

Without Jon, I would not be where I am today on many levels. He turned my eyes from the salty city I love in Austria to look west, past the Mississippi River that I had not crossed before 2010, to … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Utah wildflowers

Wildflower season is lengthy in Utah thanks to the constantly changing elevation. Flowers at a lower elevation bloom earlier, of course, than flowers high up in canyons. Blooms were varied at in the foothills around Salt Lake City in mid-May, … Continue reading

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A return to travel blogging with no apologies

Not blogging here for the past seven months here has been easy, truly too easy. I arrived in Salt Lake City on Halloween and I have posted two “Wednesday photos” since then. But I am not sorry about that. The … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo(s): Sunrise at Bryce Canyon National Park

In one week I was up before sunrise on two days. This is pretty much unheard of in my life. But when there are worthy causes, getting up when it is still dark out it isn’t too difficult. I was … Continue reading

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Left looking for more at Garden of the Gods

Don’t get me wrong. Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs is lovely with sandstone “hogbacks,” ridges of stone that has been tilted from a horizontal layer to a vertical layer and then sticks up from the ground. It is … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: BGSU Firelands arboretum

Another spot in Ohio that I have seen the signs for many times and never stopped is the Bowling Green State University Firelands campus in Huron. Last summer, upon learning there is an arboretum on the grounds, I decided to … Continue reading

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My first night on sand and under stars

After spending the day hiking the sand dunes of Colorado, which I wrote about on Friday, I had to decide if I could make a second hike, this time to backcountry camp on the dunes. After not making it as … Continue reading

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A day hiking the sand dunes of Colorado

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is home to quite a bit of sand – more sand than I could have imagined, really. I had seen pictures, read an article or two, and checked out guidebooks and the National … Continue reading

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