Category Archives: The West

Look up, look down: The highs and lows at Canyonlands

When friends knew we were embarking on a tour of Utah’s national parks, several told us, “Each park is different!”  And we remember thinking that red rocks are red rocks, so surely that’s not true.  But one mile into Canyonlands … Continue reading

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Save Double Arch for Sundown: Arches National Park, Utah

Sometimes seeing a national park means prioritizing sites rather than just driving from Point A to Point B.  And that’s certainly true for Arches National Park.  Rangers at visitor centers know how to deal with us tourists and amateur photographers, … Continue reading

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Layer cakes and windows: Arches National Park, Utah

If Utah is blessed with one thing, it would certainly be national parks. And one of them, Arches National Park, is known for sandstone layers, wind-and-water erosions, and structures that make you want to park your car and move in for … Continue reading

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Fall is for travel — and here we go again!

With all good intentions, we wanted to write extensive blog posts commending the National Park Service and God for creating glorious parks around incredible natural scenery. But fall is for travel, and we’re finding we’re not adept at posting while … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Dark

Sometimes — well, a lot of times — we don’t have a particular place to see.  Sometimes we just roam, looking for adventures and interesting photo ops to present themselves.  And that’s how it was after dinner one evening in … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Hills

After returning from a week exploring Utah’s national parks (Now, that’s a glorious experience!), we saw that Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack had selected the theme of Hills for this week’s Travel theme.  Although we’re working on a series of blogs highlighting … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Dried — Pueblo of Acoma

Pueblo of Acoma is a mesa community that may have been inhabitated even before the time of Christ. It’s a place where adobe homes are inhabited by strong people, who have managed to live without running water or electricity even during modern times. The … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Stillness

Whenever we travel beside a stream, stillness is usually not attainable.  The flow of the water, duck paddling along, or the rustle of trees nearby keep life moving. But on this day in 2013, we stopped along the Lewis and … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Landscape of the Palouse

Although it’s been two years, our memories of the rolling landscapes of the Palouse, the wheat/lentil/quinoa growing region that overlaps the state boundaries of Washington and Idaho, remain vivid even today.  It’s pretty any time, but our first impressions were formed … Continue reading

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Timely tips for enjoying Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta

As I write this, the official countdown on the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2015 website reads: 0 days, 23 hours, 12 minutes, and 12 seconds remaining before lift-off on October 3, 2015.  What an exciting time for balloonists, fiesta organizers, and … Continue reading

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