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[Park City / Salt Lake City, UT, Oct 6, 2019] Our flight back to LA was not until 5 pm, so we had an almost full day to explore. We decided to split our time between the mountains in the city. First, we headed east of Park City towards the Uinta Mountain range. The Uinta Mountains are a subrange of the Rocky Mountains and run east-west. Peaks range from 11,000 ft (3,500… Read More

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[Manzanita / Cannon Beach, OR, Jul 5, 2019] Trying to figure out what to do with a couple of free days in the Portland area was not hard at all. I’ve been to Portland a couple of times before, so this time I was expanding to good day trips outside of town. The Columbia River Gorge is an excellent such trip, but I had done that in the Fall of 2013. One… Read More

[Tucson, AZ] Today, I headed to the East side of Saguaro National Park today in the Rincon mountains. My hike there did not disappoint. I hiked a few miles of the Tanque Verde Rdige Trail, which is a back-country trail that goes way into the Saguaro National Park wilderness. I liked this trail better than yesterday’s; there were many more types of vegetation around, the climb wasn’t as steep, and I got… Read More