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On the Trail

North Fork of the Provo River

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North Fork of the Provo River

Beauty in the Uinta Mountains The boardwalk is cracked and faded, rotten in places to a point you believe beyond repair.  Just as worn is the path, broken and sometimes diminished beyond recognition.  I can see sign of horses traveling this route, certainly more gracefully than I do.  My journey is not about looking at the path, rather, the surrounding area, ahead, to the side, and on occasion behind, the experience.  The trail moves tightly through tall trees and then opens into small meadows, some with small ponds and beaver huts, all with excellent opportunities to sling my hammock. The...

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How About a Sweaty Hot Corona... Arch

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How About a Sweaty Hot Corona... Arch

Where do I begin?  Yes, I snugged up my Haggard™ no tie elastic shoe laces, but you already know that.  So, let me start with where I am at, Moab Utah.  It is a close friend’s birthday and we wandered the families south for a bit of R&R.  Today we visited the Dinosaur Museum north of town, well worth BTW and a future subject for the blog.  We had lunch at Pasta Jay’s, again totally worth and a future blog subject.  However, my favorite part of the day was a quick walk to Corona Arch, a fitting trek for all...

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These Boots Were Made for Walking...

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These Boots Were Made for Walking...

I love my Boots... Every fall, as the brilliant greens fade from the leaves giving way to bursts of orange, red, and yellow, my pulse quickens and anticipation grows.  Screeching tubular calls echo in the canyons when ghosts of the forest enter the rut.  Finding the source of the call becomes an obsession.  Wapiti move silent, surprisingly so when you consider the sheer mass of these magnificent creatures.  Their screams betray location and intent, fueling my desire to track and harvest arguably the world's tastiest protein.   I usually wait until the traffic of the mountains has settled, the main...

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Wool in the Baaaaaaack-Country.

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Wool in the Baaaaaaack-Country.

An Oldie But A Goodie. Cool weather is coming and fall is upon us.  As I prepare my gear, unpacking last year’s high-tech, ultra-science clothing made from “super fabrics”, I happen across my trusty wool cap, vest, gloves, and long johns.  Neatly packed and cared for before placed in storage for the summer, these low-tech but highly evolved articles of clothing are still among my favorites.  Wool has been used throughout the centuries because of its many unique strengths.  There is nothing quite like an afternoon “hammock nap” covered with a rugged wool blanket.  When preparing for your next cool-weather...

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Not Your Typical Hike.

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Not Your Typical Hike.

But I Am Not Your Typical Hiker... While it isn't the typical afternoon hike I take through green foliage and whispering Canyon breezes, I cinch up my grip tight locking elastic laces and meander on.  Black asphalt and the stereotypical aircraft hangar rise from the El Paso desert with only a few small signs leading you to your final destination. Dedicated to collecting, storing, and displaying historic aircraft, the War Eagles Air Museum possesses a large and unique collection of World War II and Korean conflict era aircraft. Displays include literature, pictures, and models supporting the pilots, crews, and the...

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