Fire Danger for Travellers

Drought MonitorAs temperatures rise to record levels and water tables drop to record lows in the Western United States, adventurers and tourists alike must factor potential fire danger into their travel plans. The cozy campfire and smores you might have been imagining for your backpacking trip may be banned in the area you planned to explore. [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…]

Catalina Island

Beach on Catalina IslandCatalina Island off the coast of California is picturesque and ripe for adventurers. It is 22 miles long and 8 miles across at its widest point, so not very big- but full of activities. Visitors can go zip lining, take scenic horseback rides, hike, scuba dive, snorkel, parasail, camp, kayak, and so much more. The bright blue waters, small town feel, and pristine wilderness draw people from all over the world. [Read more…]

Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National MonumentDinosaur National Monument along the Colorado and Utah border contains many dinosaur fossils embedded in the sandstone. Presumably the dinosaurs were washed to the area in massive floods many millenia ago and got stuck in the sediment, which eventually lithified into rock. [Read more…]

Hang Gliding in California

Tandem hang gliding in California near San Francisco is a great way for Hang glidingfirst timers to experience the thrill of soaring like a bird with the security of a professional at the helm. Or, if you’re brave, you can take a series of solo lessons to fly on your own!

Imagine yourself running towards the edge of a cliff, then launching out over the ocean to fly with the seagulls and pelicans, carried only by the wind! Ahhh, adrenaline rush! [Read more…]

Hiking the John Muir Trail

John Muir WildernessThe John Muir Trail is a 221 mile trail through the high Sierra Nevada’s in California, starting in Yosemite National Park in Yosemite Valley and  ending on top of Mount Whitney at 14,505 feet. Mount Whitney is the highest summit in the United States, and throughout the 221 mile trail you will summit and descend several 13,000 and 14,000 foot peaks in preparation for this final climb. The trail follows along with the Pacific Crest Trail most of it’s length, and travels through some of the most scenic untainted land in the United States: Yosemite, the John Muir Wilderness, the Ansel Adams Wilderness, Kings Canyon National Park, and finally the Sequoia National Park. [Read more…]

Upper Antelope Canyon – Arizona

Upper Antelope CanyonUpper Antelope Canyon near Page, Arizona is located on Navajo Land and just South of Lake Powell. Created by the erosion of the desert sandstone by flashfloods over many centuries, the canyon walls are extremely smooth and curved with the flow of the water. The bed of the canyon is a steep 120 feet below [Read more…]

Emerald Lake Hike – Colorado

Emerald LakeThe Emerald Lake hike starts at the Pine River trailhead in Vallecito, Colorado. Stop in to The General Store on your way for locally made beef jerky and last minute supplies. There is a campground at the trailhead if you want to stay the night and get an early start. Emerald Lake is about 13 miles into the Weminuche Wilderness from the trailhead, so it wouldn’t be a bad idea. The first several miles are relatively flat over a well traveled trail. Be aware that hikers must yield to horses (donkeys and alpacas too), of which there are many in the summer and early fall. The grassy pastures through which the Pine River flows and a couple of private ranches will be your view for only the first couple of miles until you reach the wilderness area. The trail here starts to climb slowly. By the time you [Read more…]

Best Beaches to Surf – West Coast USA

Every surfer will have their own opinion about which beach is best to surf depending on whether they like cold water or warm, reef breakers or sand barrels, short boards or long. One thing is certain- there are a handful of beach towns on the mainland USA that consistently provide great surf. If you live on the West Coast or plan to visit and are looking for great surf stoke, these four towns are a must for your itinerary.
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