Tag Archives: Vacation

Needles, Arches & Snakes


A couple of weeks ago, we again found the opportunity between semesters to enjoy a family vacation. Once again, our destination was the great State of Utah. We enjoy short backpacking excursions and day hikes. In early/mid May, many of … Continue reading

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Hiking the Grand Canyon: South Kaibab/Tonto/Bright Angel Loop


Eileen and I just got back from a brief hiking vacation at the Grand Canyon. We stayed at El Tovar, that historic lodge perched on the edge of the South Rim, every night except the one where we camped half … Continue reading

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Day Hiking Mount Rainier National Park


This summer, our family schedules coalesced such that we were able to get away for a week in mid-August. Our destination: Mount Rainier National Park. Our objective: time together and idyllic day hiking. We flew in to Portland and drove … Continue reading

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Sand in Our Shoes: Hiking the Escalante, Day 7


Day: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Our final day had us depart Escalante and head back down to St. George via Zion NP. We love Zion and spent most of the day there wandering around. At the East … Continue reading

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Sand in Our Shoes: Hiking the Escalante, Day 6


Day: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 After several days of hiking, the itinerary today allowed for pure relaxation: A car tour of some of the more interesting roads in the area. After breakfast, we gassed up and headed … Continue reading

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Sand in Our Shoes: Hiking the Escalante, Day 5


Day: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 We had gone to bed early the prior evening after wading through the river and trudging up and over multiple sand embankments all afternoon. Even though our tent was set on a … Continue reading

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Sand in Our Shoes: Hiking the Escalante, Day 4


Day: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 After the prior day’s experience at Dry Fork, I was fully expecting the crew to stage an early and decisive mutiny with respect to our itinerary for the next two days. To … Continue reading

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Sand in Our Shoes: Hiking the Escalante, Day 3


Day: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 For many years, I’ve wanted to explore the famous Peekaboo and Spooky slot canyons. But my limited schedule and weather conditions had always prevented me from getting anywhere near the area. Now, with … Continue reading

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Sand in Our Shoes: Hiking the Escalante, Day 2


Day: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 I got up early and drove up the hill to Bryce Lodge to pick up sack lunches we had ordered the night before. It was 28 degrees on top of Bryce, much colder … Continue reading

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Sand in Our Shoes: Hiking the Escalante


Day: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 With our son Daniel freshly home from college and hoping for optimal weather conditions, we packed our hiking gear and headed off to South Central Utah for a week of adventure. We’d … Continue reading

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