Barclay Lake – Baring, WA


After last week’s 10 mile hike, a 5 mile out and back to Barclay Lake seemed like nothing. Although the WTA site claims there’s only a 225 foot elevation gain, it seemed like a lot more since there were a lot of ups and downs on the path out to the lake. The scenery on the way out was amazing, as were the mountains ...

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Otter Falls – North Bend, WA


After spending the past several months nurturing a Taco Bell baby in my belly, it’s finally time to shed my pear shaped physique and start hiking again. Being the brilliant man that I am, I determined that a 10 mile hike out to Otter Falls was the way to go right out of the gates. Unfortunately my body has been telling me that ...

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Chichen Itza – Yucatán, Mexico


While in Cancun I opted to take the day trip out to Chichen Itza, one of the largest Mayan ruins in the world. The bus trip takes about 3-4 hours, and there’s a pit stop at the Sacred Cenote, which was amazing. If the water level is high enough you can actually swim in it, although I’m not sure I ...

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Tombstone, AZ


Tombstone has been my favorite movie for years, so I can’t begin to express how disappointed I was in this town. It is the epitome of tourist traps. I understand that this is a legit town where people live, but they have blown up one of the most historic areas in US history and turned it into avenues of knick-knack stores ...

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Saguaro National Park & Desert Museum – Tucson, AZ


To be honest, I only went to Saguaro National Park so that I could say that I went to Saguaro National Park. The entire park is just a bunch of dirt, rocks, and cacti. Sure, a cool cactus here and there are totally as neato as a burrito, but my idea of a good time does not include wondering around ...

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Sedona, AZ


I attempted to do the Call of the Canyon hike in Sedona, but unfortunately there was a huge rainfall the week before that resulted in a ton of flooding. After hiking about a half mile in there was a “small creek crossing” had turned into a damn lake that I didn’t exactly plan for. So instead of swimming across and ...

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Grand Canyon National Park – Arizona


I had flown over the Grand Canyon several times over the years, so I almost decided to take a pass on this national park since I had “already seen it.” Trust me when I say that flying over it or seeing pictures of it does not do it justice at all. It’s absolutely overwhelming when you actually see it in ...

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Montezuma Castle & Well – Camp Verde, AZ


I made a pit stop at Montezuma’s Castle & Well on the drive out to the Grand Canyon and was amazed at how well preserved the cliff-dwellings were, considering they were constructed back in 700AD. Apparently it took 5 centuries to build, and there are 5 stories worth of “apartments” inside. Although I’m not entirely sure I would be willing ...

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Grinnell Glacier Hike – Glacier National Park, MT


I decided to hike Grinnell Glacier on the morning I was leaving the park, and really wish I had done it on one of the previous days when I had more time. You can either hike 8 miles out to the glacier from the trailhead, or you can take a couple of shuttle boats over Swiftcurrent Lake and Lake Josephine ...

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