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Zion Trip, March 1-3, 2008

June 29th, 2009 by

Getting to the top of Observation Point

Glenn invited everybody up to Zion for his birthday from March 1-3, 2008. I drove up with Ryan, Danny and Erin, and we got ourselves to the cabins of the Zion Mountain Ranch, which is just outside of the park’s east entrance. They have buffalo there, which was really pretty cool.

We played games both that first night and the next night, and during the days most of us went and played outdoors a bit.

The Trip: Observation Point, Coral Pink Sand Dunes

Sequoia Snowshoeing, Jan 25-27, 2008

June 10th, 2009 by

Just messing around for a bit. Outside is big! Yellow speck in the middle is Erin

Ever since I had gone snowshoeing on a Tahoe trip, I had wanted to do it again. While we do get snow down here in Southern California, it just isn’t all that much, and it’s precious and fleeting. And also, I don’t own snow shoes 🙂 But I wanted to get both a chance to try out some winter camping with a chance to go snowshoeing, so I took a weekend , Jan 25-27, 2008 to go up to Sequoia National Park with Erin and Gretchen. We spent the first night at Potwisha campground, the second at Lodgepole, and snowshoed the Tokopah Falls Trail from Lodgepole while we were there.

The Trip

Two Brief Interludes – December 2, 2007 Walk, and Jan 5-6 Brief Camping

June 8th, 2009 by

looking east, taking in the view

A couple brief excursions. I took a walk up Route 2 from where it was closed at Islip Saddle with Ben, Erin, Kendra, and Alexis on December 2, 2007. January 5-6 , 2008 I took a *very* brief winter camping trip with Peter and Helen. It snowed.

A walk up past Islip Saddle and A brief test of our emergency snow system

Thanksgiving 2007 in Utah – Part 2/2 – leaving Zion, and Bryce

June 7th, 2009 by

the skies were seriously nothing like this when I was young.

We did way less the last day, mostly involving driving and taking some pictures at some truly gorgeous places. But there were enough that I wanted to break it up a bit 🙂 These photos, by the way, look seriously better with some color management. So get on that.

leaving Zion / Bryce Nat’l Park

Thanksgiving 2007 in Utah – Part 1/2 – Zion National Park

June 7th, 2009 by


Jenn convinced me to go out to Utah and check out some national parks over Thanksgiving weekend, 2007. We were planning to hit up Zion, Bryce, and Capitol Reef but we only ended up making it to the first two.

Jenn and myself and her dad drove out from Pasadena on the evening of November 20, 2007. We got as far as Las Vegas, and staked out in a motel. We got a pretty early start the next morning and poured a mostly sleeping Jenn into the car, and headed off towards Utah. My first time! Well, other than a layover in SLC, which just doesn’t count.

We got to the park around noon on the 21st, and set up camp at Watchman Campground, conveniently open year round. Anyway, I’d like to preface this with the simple fact that Zion is gorgeous.

Emerald Pools / Angels Landing / River Walk

Everglades National Park, November 11, 2007.

June 6th, 2009 by


On our Miami FnL trip, I took the opportunity to go out to Everglades National Park on November 11, 2007. Erin, Dave, Emily, Beth and Alex decided to come as well. This was really awesome overall, but was less “hiking” than “driving through the park and checking out all the nature trails.” That said, it was still pretty cool. Anyway, we came in from the east entrance to the park, and drove all the way to where that road ended, at Flamingo. To my shame, I forgot my camera, but to my utter bafflement and pleasure, Emily lent me hers.

Anhinga Trail, Gumbo-Limbo Trail / Pineland Trail / Pahayokee Overlook / Mahogany Hammock Trail / West Lake Trail and Eco Pond Trail