Category Archives: Nature

Bryce Canyon Pictorial

December 4th, 2020 After yesterday’s geology lesson about hoodoos, today we’re finally entering Bryce Canyon! My pictorial takes us from Sunrise Point to Queen’s Garden Trail, up the west side of Peekaboo Loop to the trail leading up to Bryce Point (last photo) with return to Sunrise Point on the Rim Trail overlooking the canyon (about 10 miles/16 km in

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Into the Slot Canyons, Part 2

November 15th, 2020 Yesterday, we navigated through Dry Fork Slot Canyon in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah. Today, we’re continuing on the trail through Peek-a-Boo and Spooky slot canyons. Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon starts with a 12-foot climb at its entrance. Shallow depressions in the sandstone can be used as hand and foot holds but they’re so smooth, they’re of little

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Yellowstone’s Old Faithful

November 13th, 2020 Old Faithful has captivated audiences for decades. When we arrived to view it last month, several hundred people were sitting in its half-circle amphitheater (socially distanced, for the most part) awaiting its eruption, which happens reliably about 20 times per day — hence the name Old Faithful. Lucky for us, our timing was fortuitous — we only

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Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic Spring

November 12th, 2020 Picking up from yesterday’s daily post, today we’re taking a walk around Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic Spring. To understand what an anomaly the spring is in the context of the surrounding landscape, it’s helpful to look at the aerial map view: The spectrum of colors catches the eye, and the white deposits of the silica-rich water extend all

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