Exploring The Dunes And Canyons Of Death Valley

Sand Dunes of Death Valley

Welcome to part two of our two-day visit in Death Valley, CA. There was so much for us to do and we only had one full day left so we set out early to try to squeeze in as many activities as possible before the sun retreated. We began by visiting a slot canyon a few hours north of Furnace Creek. While driving by, we saw vast yellow sand dunes and decided to explore those next. Finally we planned on driving south on Badwater Road to attempt a 2.5 mile roundtrip hike through ridiculously colored badlands. We packed our backpacks, grabbed as much water as we could carry and headed out.

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Hiking The Majestic Yosemite Falls

Hike To Yosemite Falls

Some people think if you’ve seen one waterfall, you’ve seen them all. Well I beg to differ. If you’ve had the pleasure of witnessing the majesty of Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park, then you know what I’m talking about. At 2,425 feet in elevation, Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in North America. And it is awesome! The power of the falls can be felt from the trail at the base where most people can take gorgeous pictures. However, if your feeling adventurous, you can hike to the very top of the falls! That’s what we did on a couple of occasions, once when the waterfall was flowing strong and another time when the waterfall was bone dry. I’ll describe both of those experiences for you and show you some pointers so you can reach the top too!

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Getting Vertical Hiking Angels Landing In Zion National Park

Angels Landing in Zion NP

WHOA! If you wind up hiking Angels Landing in Zion National Park, I guarantee you will repeat this phrase more than once. And I’ll tell you why. Because Angels Landing has some of the most amazing and mind-blowing drop-offs on both sides of the trail up to the summit. How steep is it? Let’s just say this is NOT a hike for anyone with a fear of heights. If you look over the edge you might get a touch of vertigo. Than what the heck was I doing hiking it? I have a slight fear of heights, but my curiosity for new hiking experiences will usually trump my fears. Angels Landing is one of the best trails in the US and one of the most adventurous hikes in Zion National Park and I did not want to miss out.

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Boulder Scrambling in Joshua Tree National Park

Boulder scrambling in Joshua Tree

Boulders! Lots and lots of boulders. Huge round sandstone objects that come in endless interesting shapes and sizes. Some are small and some are gigantic. They come in all shades of colors like red, pink, grey and even yellow. Some are stacked one on top of another and some sit quietly by themselves. Where oh where could one find a place with boulders like this? In Joshua Tree National Park that’s where you’ll find them. Oh and the best thing is that you can climb all over them to your hearts content! Just like a little kid on a playground gym. Under, over, around and through! Come with me, I’ll show you.

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Surviving The Half Dome Challenge

Half Dome in Yosemite, CA

Hiking to the top of Half Dome is definitely a bucket list adventure that can be accomplished by the average hiker. All it takes is planning, maybe some endurance training, and a whole lot of mental motivation. Caution! This is an extremely difficult hike that will challenge your physical abilities. That being said, it is still extremely doable and an incredible experience to accomplish. In this story I’ll guide you through some first hand knowledge to help you make it to the top successfully!

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Discovering The Zion Narrows Along The Virgin River

Sometimes adventures can occur that are totally unplanned and of a complete surprise to us. These are usually spur-of-the-moment events that you can neither plan for nor predict when they will occur. An experience like this will usually catch us off guard, but if executed safely can fill our wonderful thirst for adventure, spark our imaginations and ignite our desires to continue exploring. This happened when two friends of mine and I were on the last day of a 3-day visit to Zion National Park in Utah.

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Hiking In Valley Of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park

Sure, everyone loves Las Vegas. But sometimes the noisy slot machines, stuff your face buffets, and dizzying nightclubs can wear you down. You might go for a jog or a quick dip in the pool to help break up the monotony of gambling, but what if you’re looking for something a little more outdoorsy? I found a place where you can get all the nature time you want and it’s less than an hours drive from the Vegas Strip. I’m talking about a place called the Valley of Fire, Nevada’s oldest and largest state park.

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