Walnut Canyon National Monument

Walnut Canyon National Monument

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Never stop exploring!  That needs to be my motto, because every time I think I know what I will see when out hiking, I am surprised by what I find. Case in point, Walnut Canyon,  I have been to the  city of Flagstaff, Arizona  area numerous times and yet this unbelievable ancient settlement was just over 10 miles from the city.  I decided to check it out on a whim while I was picking out high altitude training spots.  I am so glad I chose this amazing place! Continue reading “Walnut Canyon National Monument”

Angels Landing & Facing Fears

Angels Landing & Facing Fears

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If you have followed my blog for a while, you have probably noticed  that I like to mix up fashion with some really fun hiking adventures.  What you may not know is that I am the least likely person to begin a serious hiking hobby at the age of 57 then most people. Continue reading “Angels Landing & Facing Fears”

HIKING Advice from the Experts

HIKING Advice from the Experts

There is nothing like a big hiking trip with a looming deadline to motivate me to get back into prime hiking shape.  To be honest, I really slacked off during the holidays and once I realized my trip to Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon in Utah was a few short weeks away, I knew it was time to get serious.  I needed  to consult experts to help me update my equipment and plan my training schedule. Continue reading “HIKING Advice from the Experts”

A Beginners Guide to Hiking Gear

A Beginners Guide to Hiking Gear
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This lightweight backpack is perfect for day hikes

During the last few months I have gotten a number of messages asking me questions about what kind of gear is needed to start hiking.   The simple truth is not much!  When I started I really had no idea what I was doing and  managed to wander around some local trails with just my regular sneakers.

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Easy Day Hikes: Moab, Utah

Easy Day Hikes: Moab, Utah

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Earlier this summer I had the thrill of driving through Moab, Utah on my way back from Colorado.   I had a day to explore and that was not enough time!   This place is famous for hiking, jeeping, biking and river rafting.  It is the gateway to Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park.  What a gateway it is!

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Havasu Falls, A True Treasure of the Southwest

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Havasu Falls plunges into a deep blue-green pool, with Cataract Canyon behind lit by the morning sun, on Havasupai Indian Reservation in the Grand Canyon.

Hiking to see the waterfalls of Havasu was one of the toughest yet  most amazing experiences of my life.  The waterfalls are located deep in the Grand Canyon and are part of the Havasupi Tribal Lands.  Havasupi is  translated as “people of the blue-green water.”  The water is a beautiful turquoise, unlike anything I have ever seen.

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