Red Canyon, Utah – September 2022 – Arches Trail

Just west of Bryce is an area known as Red Canyon. Managed by the Forest Service, Red Canyon has a number of trails that take the hiker for scenic views. We chose to take the Arches Trail.

From this vantage point you could see further west across the Servier River valley.

Much like Willis Creek Slot Canyon since it is not a National Park there are no crowds. On our mile hike we saw 2 other people.

The trail is named for the 15 small to medium arches scattered throughout.

The hike has a vertical rise of almost 200′ on it’s stated 0.6 mile route. We ended up going a bit longer wander off on side trails.

Red Canyon make an excellent side trip if time permits in the Bryce/Zion National Parks area.

Faywood, New Mexico – September 2022 – City of Rocks State Park

Approximately 35 million years ago a volcano erupted in what is now western New Mexico. Thanks to the soft compound of the rocks, and millions of years of erosion, what is left is an amazing square mile of large sculpted rocks, some 40′ high.

Since 1953 this unique place has been the City of Rock State Park.

The size becomes apparent when compared to the cars, trucks and campers in the park.

One daring tent resident has taken up residence directly underneath a suspended boulder.

Nearby Table Mountain dominates the horizon to the east.

City of Rocks is a great place to spend a couple of hours wandering around between the rocks.

Kanab, Utah – June 2022 – Coral Pink Sand Dunes

The Coral Pink Sand Dunes in far southern Utah is a result of wind caused erosion of the Navajo Sandstone and pushing it through a pass in the Moquith and Moccasin mountains.

Over the 10,000 years this has been occurring it has piled up some impressive dunes. While much of the dunes is used for off road activities, some impressive little beetles survive in the sand, leaving distinctive trails behind as they make their way across.

The dunes cover over 3,000 acres along the mountain.

The winds continue to reshape the dunes.

Surfing or sledding down the dunes is a popular activity.

Southern Idaho – May 2022 – What Out For That First Step, It’s a Doozie

The day started out in Boise, with a tour around town to check out some of the architectural highlights.

The Boise Depot is a former train station that is now used for special events.

We then left town, headed for Twin Falls. Along the way we made a stop at Bruneau Sand Dunes.

After climbing on the dunes for a while, we continued across the southern Idaho countryside.

As we arrived in Twin Falls we crossed the Perrine Memorial Bridge. This bridge is 486′ above the Snake River. It is also the only place in the country where people can BASE jump without a permit at any time.

Also in town is Shoshone Falls.

Madera Canyon, Arizona – December 2021 – Nature At It’s Finest

Madera Canyon is less than an hour south of Tucson, but a world away from an ecological perspective. While the base of the canyon is around 3500′ elevation, you can easily and quickly drive to over 5000′, and if you are energetic (I was not), you can hike to the top of 9456′ high Mt Wrightson.

We chose to hike around the lower areas of the canyon, which were beautiful, offer views from desert to fall tree colors.

Central Ohio – May 2021 – Weekend Wanderings

With minimal travel we had a weekend hiking close to home that gave a few photo ops of downtown Columbus, as well as nearby Licking County.

The trip to Licking County included a hike in Blackhand Gorge Park. Named for a (now long gone) Native American petroglyph the hike goes through a small ravine along a creek. The sandstone cliffs have a variety of vegetation growing on them.

The rest of the afternoon was spent wandering the backroads of the county.

We came across this fantastic abandoned schoolhouse. As I approached for a closer look the bird came flying out adding to the excitement.

Lancaster, Ohio – May 2021 – A Historic Town With a Big Hill (or Small Mountain)

Lancaster is a town 30 miles southeast of Columbus. As one of the earliest settlements in Ohio, it has a number of historic buildings.

This site was chosen where the Zane Trace Trail crossed the Hocking River near a 250′ high sandstone hill. Now known as Mt Pleasant , a hike up offers great views of the area.

Lancaster is the birthplace of a number of famous people, none more than Civil War General William Sherman.

Central Ohio – October 2020 – Views From Above Part 3

The drone tour of Central Ohio continues….

Highbanks Metro Park, with the first tree changing colors for fall

Big Meadows in Highbanks

The sheep farm across the road from Highbanks Park is the last bastion of the former rural atmosphere. The entire area around it is now suburbia.

The largest office building in Ohio – a horizontal skyscraper. The Chase offices in Polaris has 2 million square feet of office space. To compare the tallest building in the state is Key Tower in Cleveland (947’/289m) only has 1.5 million square feet.

Note the entire roof is covered in solar panels and the parking lots and garages to the right are being covered in solar panels.

Ohio gets cold, Ohio gets snow, but alas – no mountains, so this qualifies as a ski resort. Snowtrails near Mansfield.

Mansfield Reservoir

A covered bridge in Union County.

Just down the road from the covered bridge is this corn maze (Maize maze?)

A berry field with a pumpkin sales.

A grain elevator in Urbana, Ohio.

Literally turning to the right you get a view of the old train station, the vacant factory and the rest of the town.

A massive shrub nursery surrounds the town of New Carlisle.

Deceased people and cars.

This view of Madison County shows Interstate 70 along the upper right, US 40 (The National Road) through the left middle, and an airport runway running along side – all in perfect East-West orientations.

Scioto Downs Horse Race Track and Casino (newer building on the left)

The 105,000 seat Ohio Stadium. The GPS in the drone would not allow me to fly any closer without seriously violating FAA rules (which I did not!)

Franklin Park Conservatory

A view along East Broad Street in Columbus

New apartments surrounding Columbus Commons Park.

We end this tour with a view of downtown Columbus, including the State Capitol surrounded by 30 to 40 floor buildings.