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Grand Canyon: Colorado River Back to the Rim

December 12th, 2020 After yesterday’s lunch by the water, we’ve resumed our hike along the bottom of the Grand Canyon. The Bright Angel Trail leads across the next bridge, back to the south shore of the Colorado River. Looking left, we see horses and riders moving slowly along a narrow lip of the canyon wall.  Sunlight hits Bright Angel Gorge

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Grand Canyon: Skeleton Point to the Tipoff

December 10th, 2020 Yesterday we continued on the South Kaibab Trail to this precipice below Skeleton Point. I love this view not only because of its dramatic location but because it’s another moment where the length of the day’s route comes back into focus. A dozen switchbacks etch the slope below. They only take you as far as the next

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Afternoon at Zion

November 28th, 2020 Just around the corner from yesterday’s plain view, the road to Zion National Park descends into a canyon while the surrounding landscape protrudes suddenly in sedimentary peaks. The geology of Zion spans up to 270 million years, connecting with Bryce Canyon to the north and the Grand Canyon to the south. While researching this, I finally came

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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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