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- 07.18.21 : The most unique summer hike was probably our watery trek through the Zion Narrows. 1: Making our way upstream in “Wall Street.” 2: Map and statistics. 3: Flash flood meter at the trailhead. 4: Neil entering the river. 5&6 Nick navigating ankle deep and then waist deep water.07.17.21 : From the east edge of the park, we hiked round trip 7.1 miles to Observation Point overlooking Zion Canyon. 1: Looking south along the canyon walls. 2: Map and statistics. 3: Looking north toward the Zion narrows. 4: East Mesa Trailhead accessible via North Fork County Road. 5: Trail friend.07.16.21 : One of our favorite summer hikes was the 4.5 mile loop connecting Peek-a-Boo and Spooky slot canyons south of Escalante, Utah. 1: Climbing to enter Peek-a-Boo slot. 2: Route map and statistics. 3: Entering Spooky. 4: Getting really spooky.Taking a look back at some of our best summer hikes. 07.12.21 : Standing atop Cerro Grande, the highest point in Bandelier National Monunent, looking down into Valles Caldera National Preserve, New Mexico. This was the first real hike of the trip. Swipe to see a map and some stats.Happy 105th birthday to the National Park Service!07.23.21 : Our rental Toyota Tacoma, AKA “Tacotruck,” in repose near Lee’s Ferry, AZ. We drove 186 miles (7.5% of the trip) on rough gravel, dirt, sand and mud, and this thing never flinched. The trip would not have been possible without it. Swipe for a few maps I made of the most memorable unpaved routes.
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Known for its world-class red wines, the Colchagua Wine Valley in central Chile is home to over 30 wineries. Tourism is relatively new to the area, giving the experience an authentic feel, with most dining and hotel options in and around … Continue reading