Desert

Mary on May 4th, 2011

Yes, that’s right.  This town claims the title “too tough to die”.  Tombstone, Arizona.  It rose as a boom town during the heyday of mining in the United States.  In the 1870s and 1880s…Tombstone came to fame as silver was discovered, and later as the site of the infamous 30-second gunfight at the OK Corral. […]

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Mary on May 1st, 2011

The giant sequoias and tall redwoods had my interest since I was growing up. I was once asked to define my dream vacation, and I quickly responded “The Redwood Forest”. Not the beach, not the mountains….but trees. Well, I haven’t made it to see the redwoods *yet*, but I have taken advantage of an opportunity […]

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Death Valley, one of the strangest places on earth. There are stark variations in the geology here. Mountains, desert, volcanic craters, salt flats, alluvial fans, badlands, canyons, sand dunes, and so much more.

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We’re exploring the southern part of Death Valley National Park. A journey through northern Death Valley will be coming up in Part 2 of this series, which will also include some off-road adventures in the park. Subscribe via email, RSS, and/or iTunes so that you’ll know when the new episode is released. Also comment below […]

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Mary on September 5th, 2010

Death Valley National Park offers a lot of variety for those who like to explore geological wonders and discover unique bits of American history. You can hike into the back country, but you can also have a very full experience without hiking at all. Climb sand dunes, experience amazingly cool breezes over the Ubehebe Crater, discover a variety of geologic creations, and visit the lowest inland elevation in North America (Badwater…282 feet below sea level). Explore the history of Mustard Canyon, where Chinese laborers harvested long-standing deposits of Borax until this natural resource was fully depleted. Form your own opinion of the legend of Scotty’s Castle. You may even see some wildlife in this intriguing place with the unfortunate name of Death Valley.

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We all know about the canyon itself, and the mighty Colorado River that formed it.  We’ve seen the common pictures, like these: But there is so much more to see, do, and explore. I didn’t get any pics of the estimated 1000 caves, but here are a few shots from the south rim. You can […]

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Mary on June 29th, 2010

We’re taking a road trip in Northern Arizona!  Starting in Flagstaff, heading north to the Grand Canyon, then east through the Navajo nation. On the way back to Flagstaff, we have the opportunity to visit the pueblos at Wupatki National Monument, and a big crater at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument.  Monument Valley and Canyon […]

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Mary on March 26th, 2010

Road-tripping Arizona is a treat for the curious traveler. There are the Catholic missions (active and abandoned), caverns (wet and dry), cities, desert, canyons, amazing geology, and the influences of many cultures. Arriving in late May, we were treated with blossoms on many of the desert plants during our 9 day trek across the state. […]

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Mary on October 21st, 2008

I was feeling especially adventurous during a two month assignment in Las Vegas in the fall of 2007. Most likely, the exploration bug was active because of my love of the American Southwest, and my surprising attraction to the city of Las Vegas. A visit to Spring Mountain National Recreation Area was among my many […]

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