Wednesday, February 25, 2015

{Moab, UT} Desert Camping


It has been crazy warm this winter here in Utah and with the low snow pack and mediocre ski season, it gave Heinz and I an excuse to get out of town and do a little hiking and camping in the desert. When you think of camping you might think of a favorite family past time that was usually held in the midst of the summer heat, surrounded by bugs and people. Camping during the winter time may seem like a daunting task but when you head to the desert, it can give you a whole new view. From the scarce amount of people, the mild temperatures during the day, and two National Parks so close together, getting down to Moab just made sense.

H & I opted to camp in one of our favorite spots in Moab, which is the Sandflats Recreation Area . It's really close to town but also far enough away that gives you plenty of peace and solitude. We had a few freezing nights and a crazy sand storm that nearly blew our tent down, but other than those little miss-hap's, it was a good time. One thing to note is that once the sun went down it was super cold (sometimes freezing with the windchill) and we were bundled to the gills. A hot fire kept us comfortable and made everything more enjoyable. I highly recommend getting in a little winter camping, specially with the warm winter temps.

Happy Trekkin'!

{Arches N.P.} Fiery Furnace


The Fiery Furnace is a favorite spot for Heinz & I to explore in Arches National Park. An endless maze of red rock pillars with nooks and crannies to climb over, under and through, it's a place for the wanderer at heart. 
In order to get off the beaten path and into the furnace you must obtain a hiking permit at the visitor center. It may seem like a hassle but it's nothing more than a few dollars and well worth it. Unlike other hikes and lookouts in Arches, the Fiery Furnace does not have one specific and straightforward trail and their are several spots that require rope and a little more experience than a simple out and back hiking trail. The park also offers guided tours of the Fiery Furnace which can be a great way to get your feet wet. For more info - check it out here.

Shot by Heinz Grunendahl

Shot by Heinz Grunendahl

Shot by Heinz Grunendahl

Shot by Heinz Grunendahl

 Shot by Heinz Grunendahl


Shot by Heinz Grunendahl
One of my favorites from the bunch.

Happy Trekkin'!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

{Canyonlands N.P.} Mesa Arch


There are so many beautiful things to see in Canyonlands National Park. From long, all day hikes and backpacking adventures to short little walks that have incredible views. Mesa Arch is one of those short little walks that gives you breath taking beauty. We did this as a little cool down from our hike on the Alcove Spring Trail. A must see if cruising in Canyonlands.

A sweet view with the La Sal mountains in the distance.


Happy Trekkin'!

{Canyonlands N.P.} Alcove Spring Trail to Zeus and Moses

A look at Zeus and Moses from afar.

Heinz & I had the opportunity to make a quick trip to Moab, UT and explore some of the awesome terrain in a few of our National Parks. 

The Alcove Spring Trail was a really fun hike that my cousin recommended to us (Thanks Jess!) in Canyonlands National Park, Island in the Sky. A good portion of this trail was in a dry river bed that spits you out in a gorgeous valley where Zeus and Moses stand tall in the sky. These majestic rocks are awesome to see after meandering through a long wash. A great reward.

At 12.8 miles (give or take a little mileage depending on how much exploring you do) the trail itself was well marked and made for a great trail runner at different points in the hike. We were also blessed with almost perfect weather minus the mini blizzard that kicked up the last few miles. 
All in all a great day and a hike I would highly recommend.

Shot by Heinz Grunendahl

Shot by Heinz Grunendahl

Shot by Heinz Grunendahl

Shot by Heinz Grunendahl

Shot by Heinz Grunendahl

Happy Trekkin'!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

{Nevada Desert} Valley of Fire


Valley of Fire State Park is another must-see area that resides about an hour or so drive, north of Las Vegas. It's tucked away on the east side of the Nevada desert and the views will not leave you disappointed. Well worth the detour. We arrived at Valley of Fire, again on another time crunch, so we picked out a couple smaller hikes and tried to get the most out of this beautiful area. At first glace, Valley of Fire may seem a little ordinary and then all of a sudden these rich, red rocks seem to explode out of the mountains. The rich pigment in the rocks with the epic blue of the sky make for some colorful photo's.

Heinz & I ended up running down to the Fire Wave as well as walk the White Domes loop. Each trip was very easy walking (or running) and very short distances. One of my favorite parts was all of the amazing color in the rock. I bet we saw each color of the rainbow that was naturally in this beautiful sand stone. A great way to spend the afternoon or even camp for a night or two.


Can't wait to go back.

Happy Trekkin'!