Take a Trip to the Moon

Craters of the Moon in IdahoTake a trip to the moon right here on Earth. Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in West Central Idaho was formed by a series of volcanic eruptions and massive lava flows between 15,000 and 2,000 years ago. The 618 square mile park so similarly resembles the moons surface that astronauts for Nasa, Alan Sheperd, Edgar Mitchell, Eugene Cernan, and Joe Engle, trained in the park for their missions in 1969. Although the area appears benign, activity along the fault lines and historical eruptions approximately every 2,000 years indicate the area is due for another eruption very soon. [Read more…]

The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon in Arizona is a popular attraction in the Southwest that everyone should go see. The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is located about 230 miles north of Phoenix and 80 miles north of Flagstaff. The North Rim is located 352 miles north of Phoenix and 210 miles north of Flagstaff. Approximately 4 million people a year get to experience the Grand Canyon and all of its many activities. The Canyon is close to 300 miles long with the river going through it, it gets 18 miles wide and it is about a mile deep.Grand Canyon South Rim [Read more…]

Ultralight Backpacking Gear

Eric the Black's Backpacking BlogAlthough I do a lot of hiking and backpacking myself, sometimes it’s nice to hear what other experience hikers have to say about their favorite gear. My husband and I went to the Gardenschwartz Extravaganza here in Durango today to pick up a new tent and sleeping back for him, as well as a new backpacking pack. They have big sales 2 or 3 times a year, so we wait for one to come around to update our gear. [Read more…]