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A Tourist in New York City

A Tourist in New York City

I went into to full on tourist mode this weekend in New York City.  There are so many things to do in the Big Apple, and I just never tire of visiting NYC!  It was great to reconnect with my friend Kristin too. Continue reading “A Tourist in New York City”

Colorado, The Rockies

4 Great Snowshoeing Trails in Rocky Mountain National Park

Super Snowshoeing Trails in Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is a wonderful place to visit anytime of year, but the ability to avoid the ski traffic on I-70 makes it a great place to snowshoe in the winter.  Below are three great snowshoeing trails.

Mills Lake Trail

This 5.3 mile trail in Rocky Mountain National Park is spectacular.  We had actually planned to hike farther than Mills Lake, but the sunny forecast was far from accurate.  Instead, a 40 mph sustained wind blew a stingy fresh snow into our face!  So much so, that when we laid eyes on the amazing lake and surrounding peaks, we were happy to stop at the lake and enjoy the scenery. Continue reading “4 Great Snowshoeing Trails in Rocky Mountain National Park”

hurricane michael closes parks, st. marks national wildlife refuge
Florida

Hurricane Michael Closes Parks in Florida

Hurricane Michael Closes Parks in Florida’s Panhandle

Hurricane Michael closed three of my favorite Florida Panhandle Parks.  As of late-October, they remained closed or are opened with limited services. Continue reading “Hurricane Michael Closes Parks in Florida”

Utah

Visiting Best Friends Animal Society

Visiting Best Friends Animal Society

The Society

The Best Friends Animal Society operates the largest no kill animal sanctuary in the USA.  Its headquarters and sanctuary are located in Kanab, Utah on 20,700 acres of which 3,700 acres are owned by the organization and the rest of the land is leased from State and Federal agencies.

Best Friends Animal Society is the number one attraction to visit in Kanab, UT according to TripAdvisor, thus it peaked my interest enough to join a scheduled 1.5 hour tour.  I learned so much about the organization while I was there.  Best Friends Animal Society’s mission is to make the entire USA no kill by 2025.  It is on its way…the state of Utah will be no kill by next year!  Continue reading “Visiting Best Friends Animal Society”

Utah

Hikes Near Kanab, Utah

Kanab is an outdoor lovers paradise.  There are several hikes near Kanab through slot canyons on Federal land, in National Parks and in State Parks.  A hiked a handful of trails while in the area.

Easy Hikes Near Kanab

Water Canyon Trail

Water Canyon Trail is located off of Kanab Canyon Road across from the Best Friend Animal Sanctuary’s Welcome Center only about five miles outside of Kanab.  It is available to the public.  The Water Canyon Trail is only 1.5 miles roundtrip.  It starts on a road that descends to Kanab Creek. Before getting to the creek, several roads disperse in different directions past pet cemeteries.  To follow the trail go to the left.

The path crosses the Kanab Creek lined with willow trees for which it is appropriately named (the Paiute word kawnuv means willow).  The trail climbs from the creek up through the desert terrain passing cacti, juniper and sandstone cliffs.  The interpretive signs point out a few cool things like the holes in the sandstone that used to be wasps nests!  Also, the Sacred Datura plant, which blooms a lovely purple and white trumpet flower, is extremely toxic! Continue reading “Hikes Near Kanab, Utah”

Colorado, The Colorado Trail, The Rockies

Segment 25 of the Colorado Trail Closed Due to Wildfires This Summer

Views From Segment 25 of the Colorado Trail (Summer 2017)

So I took four summers to complete the Colorado Trail which I finished a little over a year ago.  This was a very big accomplishment for me and at times I wondered why in the heck I was doing it.  Especially during the final summer when all it did was RAIN!  During these CONSTANT storms last year, we slogged through rain and sleet, took cover from lightning and even aborted one camping trip.  At the same time, we enjoyed SPECTACULAR scenery and wonderful wildflowers.  Some of my favorite segments were in the San Juan Mountain Range.  Segments 24 and 25 were awe-inspiring! Continue reading “Segment 25 of the Colorado Trail Closed Due to Wildfires This Summer”

Colorado

7 Great Snowshoeing Trails at Ski Resorts Nearby Denver

It seems winter has come early in Denver, so I thought it would be appropriate to post some great snowshoe trails near Ski Resorts close to Denver.

Snowshoe Trails Near Winter Park

Jim Creek Trail

Jim Creek Trail is a 5.3 mile trail that ascends about 1,000 feet.  The trailhead is located at Bonfils Station Outdoor Center in Winter Park.  The trail winds through an evergreen forest before it climbs via switchbacks to a high alpine meadow for a view of surrounding snow-capped mountains.   Continue reading “7 Great Snowshoeing Trails at Ski Resorts Nearby Denver”

Alaska, gpsmycity

Alaska Posts Now Available with Offline GPS Map on GPSMyCity

I’M PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE FOLLOWING POSTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE ON GPSMYCITY!

Three Days in Homer

From Cooper Landing to Homer

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You may wonder, “What’s the big deal? I can read the travel post on your blog.”

Well, yes, assuming you have access to the internet, you can read my article on my blog.

But what if you don’t have access to the internet? Or you don’t have a good data plan in country you are visiting?  How do you find those famous sites or the corner pub?  With GPSMyCity, look no further.  You will have access to all kinds of walks around thousands of cities.

Want to try different restaurants in Malaga, Spain?  There’s an app for that. Continue reading “Alaska Posts Now Available with Offline GPS Map on GPSMyCity”

Colorado, The Rockies, USA

Roadtrip to the Rockies: From Telluride to Durango

Always in search of beautiful fall colors, I set out toward the Southwestern part of the state with nary a plan.  I wasn’t sure where I was going to stay, where I was going to eat, or where I was going to hike.  Armed with my tent and sleeping bag, upon arrival in Telluride, I went in search of some dispersed camping and headed up to Alta Lakes. Continue reading “Roadtrip to the Rockies: From Telluride to Durango”

Colorado, The Rockies

Road Trip to the Rockies: A Weekend in Aspen

Tanya and I spent a weekend in Aspen to enjoy the fall colors.  Interestingly, all the aspen at 10,000 feet and above were at their peak, while trees at a lower elevation had yet to change.  Since we hiked a bunch, we lucked out and stumbled across amazing color.  Had we been doing a lot of scenic driving, I think the best time for leaf peeping would be this up coming weekend. Continue reading “Road Trip to the Rockies: A Weekend in Aspen”