Broken Arch Trail

An added bonus at the Sand Dune Arch is the Broken Arch Loop Trail, a 1.8 easy, flat trek through a beautiful meadow to this formation that looks pretty intact, although park officials claim that it is in a state of erosion, which is true for all arches!  That’s a fascinating thought; this national park … More Broken Arch Trail

Sand Dune Arch

The trail and the area surrounding the Sand Dune Arch has got to be one of the most enjoyable places to visit in Arches National Park.  At less than one mile round trip, this easy trek takes hikers into a slot canyon…. through which some fantastic rock formations are stoically planted! A sandy beach-type terrain … More Sand Dune Arch

Delicate Arch

When Kurt suggested that we hike the Delicate Arch Trail, I truly didn’t realize the significance of this sandstone structure.  However, as we entered the practically full parking lot, and gazed upon numerous visitors embarking on the 1.5 mile uphill trek, the anticipation of observing something pretty incredible took hold! Since it was mid afternoon, … More Delicate Arch

Crystal, Colorado

We tore ourselves away from the beauty of Crystal Mill to hike an extra quarter-ish of a mile on the trail that continues past the mill….. the ghost town of Crystal. Settled in the 1860’s and incorporated in 1893, Crystal was a town that developed due to silver, zinc, and lead mining in the … More Crystal, Colorado


There Are Times When Nature Beckons An Irresistible Force Commanding One To Stop For Just A Moment Give Up The Agenda And Choose To Wander Aimlessly Celebrating Life With The Trees

Sam’s Throne

Historical anecdotes are abundant and rich in these parts, and the story behind Sam’s Throne is no exception.  This area, a hot spot for rock climbers, was once a natural pulpit for self proclaimed preacher, Sam Davis. Born around 1795 in Mississippi, Sam began a journey north in search of his sister, a victim of … More Sam’s Throne

Flash Back Friday – Snow Day at Cedar Falls

In an effort to tackle a research project on waterfalls, Austin asked his dad to be his guide. Of course, Kurt gladly acquiesced, venturing out with him to Cedar Falls at Petit Jean State Park early one frosty morning. A blanket of snow covered the River Valley, a chilly detour for most hikers; however, Austin was … More Flash Back Friday – Snow Day at Cedar Falls