Drawn Back to the “Deserted Valley”
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Drawn Back to the “Deserted Valley”

Have you ever been to a place that immediately whisk you away into mystical serenity?  That’s what you experience at Hovenweep National Monument.   I first visited this magical spot right after my brother passed away in late May 2016.  I guess a stop at a place with “weep” in the name on a trip … Continue reading

A Delicate Hike
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A Delicate Hike

I’ve hike to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park before, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to hike it again on Earth Day.  I’d planned to do a sunrise hike, but when the alarm went off, I hit snooze for a bit longer, but still managed to make it to the trailhead before the … Continue reading

Sunset From Below Sea Level
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Sunset From Below Sea Level

Magical, stunning, spectacular, mesmerizing, fantastic, breathtaking – all wonderful ways to describe a sunset in Death Valley National Park.  But, watching sunset from 282 feet below sea level in Badwater Basin will leave you speechless. Standing in the lowest spot in North America and watching the sky turn from shades of yellow to pink and … Continue reading

Hike inside Capulin Crater
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Hike inside Capulin Crater

Ever wanted to venture into the crater of a volcano?  In Northeast New Mexico, you can do just that in Capulin Volcano National Monument. Capulin is in the heart of the 8,000-square-mile Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field.  Capulin Volcano rises more than 1,300 feet above the shortgrass prairie.  The first time I saw it was at sunset … Continue reading

Hike to Fortynine Palms Oasis
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Hike to Fortynine Palms Oasis

Joshua trees are known for their spiky leafed, branches reaching for the heavens are ubiquitous in most of Joshua Tree National Park, but not on this trail.  The elevation is too low for the yuccas (Joshua trees don’t have rings so they are not really trees).  Instead, you’ll find palm trees in this secluded oasis … Continue reading