Sedona

Sedona is breathtaking. My words fail to describe the beauty of the place. Here are some photos from the 3-day hiking trip with Maggie.

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First day’s hike–Devil’s Bridge. We started hiking before 6 am in pitch darkness, using our headlamps to find our way. We were rewarded with having no one else on the trail, and got to Devil’s Bridge before anyone else that day.

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At Devil’s Bridge

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Cacti everywhere

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Pick your poison. Neither sounded really appealing to me. Good thing that was for mountain bikers, and I don’t mountain bike.

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The signs for mountain bikers are plenty

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I named this the “chocolate cake rock”. Maggie was not impressed with my creativity.

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We were getting pelted by hail here, but who’s complaining when you get this kind of view?

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Plenty of interesting plants

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This just takes my breath away.

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Day two started with a scramble up Cathedral Rock. Best part of the trip!

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The view from the top of Cathedral Rock trail.

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What the walls of Cathedral Rock looks like.

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Half this branch is smooth and brown, and the other half is bark-y and dried. So weird!

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Funky bark.

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Seriously twisted tree branch

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Day three, we hiked to Devil’s Kitchen. It’s a giant sink hole with huge slabs of rocks fallen into the sink hole. Pretty awesome. Also pretty hard to demonstrate in a photo.

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Last interesting plant

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Since everyone talks about the vortex, Maggie and I decided to give it a try on the top of Ant Hill. We sat, breathed deeply, and hummed. Ok, maybe it was just making fun of the vortex seekers, but we got a photo to prove that we tried it and did not find the vortex.

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Death Valley hiking trip

I have always loved deserts after my Joshua Tree trip years ago. I find the stark beauty of it amazing. To start off the year right, a hiking trip to Death Valley is just the ticket! Death Valley in California has the highest recorded temperature on earth (62 Celsius) in the summertime. It is dry, hot, desolate, and beautiful. The starry sky at night is unbeatable here, with the milky way clearly visible.

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Hiking in Utah

First and foremost, I’m sorry. I can’t seem to be able to cut back the number of photos in the post.

For a few years now, I’ve been wanting to go hiking in Utah to see Zion and Bryce National Park. It didn’t take too much to convince two friends to go too. We flew into Vegas, hiked half day in Zion, a full day in Bryce, and another half day in Bryce.

Zion is gorgeous, huge, and commercialized. Bryce on the other hand, is much smaller but the hikes and views are breathtaking!

Day 1: Zion National Park

Day 1: Zion National Park

Day 1: Zion National Park

Day 1: Zion National Park

Day 1: Zion National Park

Day 1: Zion National Park

Day 1: Zion National Park, flowering cactus

Day 1: Zion National Park, flowering cactus

Day 1: Zion National Park, flowering cactus

Day 1: Zion National Park, flowering cactus

Day 1: Zion National Park

Day 1: Zion National Park

Day 1: Zion National Park

Day 1: Zion National Park

Day 1: Zion National Park

Day 1: Zion National Park

Day 1: Zion National Park

Day 1: Zion National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park, the start of the Peek-a-Boo Trail

Day 2: Bryce National Park, the start of the Peek-a-Boo Trail

Day 2: Bryce National Park, selfie

Day 2: Bryce National Park, selfie

Day 2: Bryce National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park, storm approaching

Day 2: Bryce National Park, storm approaching

Day 2: Bryce National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park, pano view

Day 2: Bryce National Park, pano view

Day 2: on our way back to Panguitch

Day 2: on our way back to Panguitch

Day 2: on our way back to Panguitch

Day 2: on our way back to Panguitch

Day 2: on our way back to Panguitch

Day 2: on our way back to Panguitch

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop

Day 3: Bryce National Park, the switch-back that almost murdered me

Day 3: Bryce National Park, the switch-back that almost murdered me

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop--the Wall Street section

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop–the Wall Street section

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop--the Wall Street section

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop–the Wall Street section

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop--the Wall Street section

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop–the Wall Street section

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop--the Wall Street section

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop–the Wall Street section

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop--the Wall Street section

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop–the Wall Street section

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Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop