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Travel Destination: Canyonlands National Park-The Needles

I’ve always wanted to go there! Thank you for posting!

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The next step in our Utah National Parks adventure last May was to visit The Needles, a section of Canyonlands. Canyonlands is divided into three parts by the Green and Colorado rivers. The most visited part, Islands in the Sky, we visited the following day. The Maze, a much more remote area, we did not visit. For me, The Needles was remote enough!

Unless you choose to camp, the most convenient area to stay is in Moab. There is plenty of lodging there and we chose a location near Arches, and not too far from Islands in the Sky.

The drive to The Needles was about one and a half hours. Once we left the main road, we had quite a drive into the park and cell services were limited or non-existent. This always makes me a bit nervous, but fortunately all went well. We saw an occasional vehicle along…

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Winter Hiking Advice

Useful advice for winter hikers/outdoors enthusiasts.

from the other side

By: Julie Midura

𝐒𝐨 𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐖𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐇𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫?

“This is stupid! I have no intention of dying up here just to bag another peak!” my husband Tom yelled in an attempt to be heard over the cacophony of howling wind and blowingsnow.

We were three tenths of a mile from the summit of 4,170 foot Mt. Cabot in the White Mountains of New Hampshire when nature unleashed 40 mile per hour winds and wind chills in the negative thirties. We waded through snowdrifts that were up to our thighs in an attempt to find any sign of a trail. All was lost in the endless sea of white.

Crossing Signal Ridge, Mt. Carrigain, NH

Tomand I were in the process of attempting to become members of the AMC 4,000 Footer Club by climbing all 48 four thousand foot mountains in the White Mountains. Although we had already climbed…

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Hiking: A History Lesson

Hiking, wilderness, and history! You can’t go wrong here!

Exploring Michigan and other cool places

My roots as a history nerd run deep, probably from the time my mom began reading me the Little House series, when I was a child. Because my parents’ idea of a vacation often involved sailing or cross-country skiing, we saw a lot of Michigan, and often our destinations had historical significance, such as the lumberman’s camp at Hartwick Pines where we would ski, or the historic village in Fayette, which once housed an iron smelting operation and today is a very well-preserved ghost town, where we got weathered in on our sailboat for three days. As a kid, I loved these places for both their natural beauty, and that hallowed sense of something big having happened there.

Medicine bottle found near an artesian spring near a homestead ruin on North Manitou Island.

Tea kettle found near an artesian spring near a homestead ruin on North Manitou Island.

As a…

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Will I Ever Get in the Woods Again?

I need it.  Badly.  The state of the world requires it.  I need to get away. Quickly.  Away from others.  I need my sanity back.  I need to get back into the woods.

I spend all week dealing with people in an ever-changing and extremely fast paced environment.  And that is before the pandemic.  Expectations, deadlines, crazy behavior from others dominates my week.  Technology is wonderful but it only enhances the expectations.  Everywhere I turn, someone expects something of me.  And the cold, honest truth is I can only provide a fraction of what they want.

So, the week is shot, leaving the weekend as my time to regroup and refuel.  The woods provide that respite for me.  Only I can’t get out there!  The past four weekends have bit us with either a blizzard or temperatures in the single digits.  I’m sorry, but as much as I love the trees, I do not wish to freeze up like one!

I miss the solitude that only the forest can give me.  I miss the fluffy snow that masks my footfalls.  I miss the squirrels chattering as I approach their space.  Give me the white deer tails, bounding away as I get closer.  Let me hear the songbirds.  Give me the ability to collect my thoughts.  Perhaps I can even come up with a solution to a problem that plagues me during the week, as long as I can form a single thought without interruption.    

It’s the woods where I come to my senses.  It’s where I understand that the noisiness of the week will pass, and everything will work out.  The woods give me back my confidence, my mojo, at least until about 8:15 Monday morning.   

Top 10 Hikes in 2021

Some ideas for folks…….

Live and Let Hike

Evolution Lake, John Muir Trail, Kings Canyon National Park, August 2021

The past year brought new milestones for Live and Let Hike, with the Covid-era bump in traffic continuing for a second year. In fact, annual viewership rose by more than 50 percent compared to 2020 and more than 100 percent relative to 2019—Live and Let Hike had 225,080 site visitors and 338,581 page views in 2021.

In the past 12 months, I added 42 new blog posts, mostly from hikes in California but also a handful of trails in Arizona, Oregon, and Utah. A short trip in January brought us to coastal northern California and southwest Oregon, where we discovered some spectacular, lush landscapes at Redwood National Park and Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor. In addition to somelocalhikesin theBay Area, the spring was spent training for summer long-distance…

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How Hiking Trails Are Made

Interesting read here…….

Really Good Hiking

Hiking trails are an integral part of hiking. They provide a way to safely get from one place to another without getting lost or running into any dangerous obstacles on the trail. There are many different types of hiking trails, but they all have some things in common-they need to be well designed and constructed for safety purposes, they should blend with the natural environment that surrounds them, and they should be sustainable so that future generations can enjoy hiking too.

Hiking trails are an important part of hiking, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Some hiking trails can be very dangerous because there is no clear path for hikers to follow through the terrain.

There were times when I was hiking that I had to stop hiking altogether just so that I could figure out where we should go because it was not clear and obvious. This…

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Will Hiking Help You Lose Weight?

Interesting article! I only wish!

Really Good Hiking

Are you ready to start your weight loss journey, or looking to shed a few pounds? You may wonder if hiking is a good way to lose weight. Some people think that hiking is too slow paced to get good cardio or fat burn, but that is far from the truth. Hiking is a great way to get your heart rate up and is an amazing form of exercise!

There are many different types of hiking, so there’s something for everyone regardless of your fitness level or goal. There are trails that challenge an experienced hiker like climbing Mt Everest and easier family friendly hikes.

I prefer hiking as a form of exercise over going to the gym any day! You don’t get to explore nature and all its beauty while on the treadmill or stair master. Plus, hiking provides extra benefits that you cannot get on a treadmill. The…

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Road tripping in Vermont – hiking and the Vermont Country Store

Came across this. Not far from where I am. A great place to get lost in the wilderness!

Nancy Loderick's Blog

So the Wednesday Vermont adventure involved hiking at Lowell Lake in Vermont.

Ken hiking

The hike around the pretty lake was nice, but it was especially interesting to come across this old cemetery.

old cemetery

Not only did we know it was old because of the condition of the gravestones, but because several graves had Revolutionary War Medals on them!

revolutionary war medal

After the hike, we were starving. Luckily there is a good deli close by. Except the deli featured all organic food. Hah, only in Vermont would you have an organic deli. Shhh, don’t tell Mr. Ken that it was organic. 🙂

We then did the quintessential Vermont experience by visiting the Vermont Country Store.

Vermont Country Store

This store is filled with all sorts of items from the past. Do you recognize any of these items?

Charles Chips

old-fashioned lantern

bubble Christmas lights

Driving home from the Vermont Country Store, we hit a thunderstorm. Boy, there is nothing like experiencing a thunderstorm in the…

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