Upheaval Dome, Canyonlands National Park, Utah | 52 Hike Challenge – Hike 29

Upheaval Dome, Canyonlands National Park, Utah | 52 Hike Challenge – Hike 29

When deciding which hikes to do with our limited time at Canyonlands National Park, we couldn’t pass up a quick walk out to the rim of the Upheaval Dome. Scientists and geologists debate what actually caused this geologic anomaly in the relatively stable area and it became my Hike 29. The Upheaval Dome The showstopper feature that is this hike’s namesake is a 3-mile diameter dome that you can overlook from various viewpoints. This geologic feature has an interesting greenish-white tint…

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Grand View Point, Canyonlands National Park, Utah | 52 Hike Challenge – Hike 28

Grand View Point, Canyonlands National Park, Utah | 52 Hike Challenge – Hike 28

If the Grand View Point Trail doesn’t knock your socks off, I believe you’re bound to be bored with everything else on earth. This was Hike 27 of my 52 Hike Challenge, and what a great way to kick off the second half of this project. The day started with an incredible sunrise that I enjoyed from my comfy tent. Canyonlands National Park – Island in the Sky District The previous day we had hiked a bit in Canyonlands, but…

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Campfire Hair

Campfire Hair

OK, I need the internet to solve my internal conflict for me. Upon return from a recent camping trip, I took my ponytail down before getting into the shower and was overwhelmed by the smell of campfire that had soaked into my hair. I have conflicting feelings about this. First I think “Ahhhh…what a great smell”, and then I think “Oh man, that’s kinda gross”, and then I flip flop between the two until I’ve washed out any remaining whisp…

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Roadside Ruin & Cave Spring Trails, Canyonlands National Park, Utah | 52 Hike Challenge – Hike 27

Roadside Ruin & Cave Spring Trails, Canyonlands National Park, Utah | 52 Hike Challenge – Hike 27

These Canyonlands hikes were both pretty short, so I’m combining them into Hike 26 of my 52 Hike Challenge – the halfway point!! Roadside Ruin We arrived in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park and since the Visitor’s Center was closed and the closest town was an hour away, we hit the trails right away! First, we did the short Roadside Ruin Trail. This simple, flat path leads to an ancient granary, where grains and other foods were stored…

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Lake Mary Trail, Utah | 52 Hike Challenge – Hike 26

Lake Mary Trail, Utah | 52 Hike Challenge – Hike 26

Oh, Lake Mary. I suppose it’s only fair that right around the halfway point of the 52 Hike Challenge (Hike 26) I get slapped with a big dose of hiking reality. Consider this my midway contemplative hike of the Adventure Series, because boy did it make me think. So here’s the deal. I used to pick hikes that had a big pay off at the turn-around or midway. Apparently I felt the need to reward myself. This hike changed all of that….

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Capitol Reef National Park Grand Wash Scenic Drive

Capitol Reef National Park Grand Wash Scenic Drive

Capitol Reef National Park is an impressive park that really doesn’t get enough air time. I suppose when you’re competing with Zion that will happen. However, I think that Capitol Reef is a can’t-miss southern Utah destination that offers some similar attractions as Zion but without the crowds. About the Park Capitol Reef’s headlining attraction is the 100 mile Waterpocket Fold – basically a wrinkle on the surface of the earth. A really, really big rock wrinkle. There seems to…

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Sulphur Creek, Capitol Reef National Park

Sulphur Creek, Capitol Reef National Park

Hike 25 of my 52 Hike Challenge was a day full of firsts. This experience was unlike anything I had ever done before, and I can’t wait to revisit Capitol Reef National Park. About the Park Capitol Reef was, admittedly, just somewhere I wanted to go to check off all of Utah’s “Mighty 5” National Parks. In the end, it turned out to be my favorite of the five! Although I expect someday Zion will eclipse Capitol Reef, for now…

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