Archives for August 2013

Finding the Flowers In Yosemite

Yosemite National Park is all about grandeur, and soaring granite cliffs are around every bend in the trail.  It's a natural reaction to be drawn to the inspiring face of Half Dome and the other jagged peaks that line the horizon, looking like … [Read more...]

Devils Tower – Hiking the Tower Trail

It was a totally unplanned trip to Devils Tower from the homestead in north central Wyoming. You know how those trips come about. Third cup of coffee. Someone hatches a bright idea. And when you're on vacation there's very little if anything that … [Read more...]

The Watchtower at Desert View – Grand Canyon National Park

I'm a sucker for great architecture.  Many of the older parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon have some amazing legacy architecture that gives a lot of character to the park. On the last trip to Grand Canyon National Park we chose to … [Read more...]

Crater Lake – Sometimes looking is enough

It’s not easy for a hiker during winter at Crater Lake National Park. Depending on conditions, you can’t access much by hiking boots alone from October through May. Rim Village facilities, including the visitor center and lodge, are closed during … [Read more...]

The antler arches of Jackson Hole

If you've been fortunate enough to visit Grand Teton National Park, then you've undoubtedly seen the famous antler arches in Jackson.  Everyone stops to snap a photo with these iconic symbols of the town. Originally constructed in 1953, these antler … [Read more...]

Land’s End – Angel’s Landing at Zion National Park

When I mentioned I was going to be visiting Zion National Park for the first time, nearly everyone said "You HAVE to hike Angel's Landing".  When enough people had recommended it I did a quick online search and found pictures of the trail.  Awesome! … [Read more...]

Joshua Tree National Park: The Ghosts of Lost Horse Mine

Given the right frame of mind, one can feel the presence of ghosts in Joshua Tree National Park. The evidence of past, some very distant, human activity is easily found throughout the park. Early Native American petroglyphs, pictographs and ancient … [Read more...]

Tonto National Monument

I am Jabon of Jabon Eagar Photography and I specialize in portrait and landscape photography. When I get the exploring bug, my compass is usually pointing towards some lost in time Indian Ruin or some rugged landscape too difficult to simply step out … [Read more...]

12 Things NOT to do in the National Parks

Our National Parks are a travel destination for people from all over the world.  They are home to some of the most amazing and unique natural environments our country has to offer.  They are a national showcase and we should be proud to show them … [Read more...]

Emerald Pools: Zion National Park – Elusive Solitude

Given the opportunity, I will sit with you and explain, at length, why I love Zion National Park above all others. Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Sequoia and Arches are all incredibly beautiful, wild and wonderful. I love them with a deep abiding passion. … [Read more...]