Red Butte Garden Natural Area Hike

While in Salt Lake City back in July I also took a day to hike Red Butte Garden’s Natural Area. Beautiful hike in spite of daytime highs at 100+ degrees. Highly recommend checking it out if you’re ever in the area.

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Schaar’s Bluff – November 2016

And another better late than never photoblog. While in Minnesota we hiked one of my favorite trails as a kid, Schaar’s Bluff, located within Spring Lake Park Reserve in Hastings. Park of the hiking trail runs along a bluff with views of one of the widest points of the entire Mississippi River. Continue reading

Blue Mounds State Park – November 2016

My better late than never photoblog on Blue Mounds State Park, visited back in November.

Blue Mounds State Park is located in the southwestern corner of Minnesota, near the city of Luverne (hometown of National Geographic photographer Jim Brandenburg!) A huge feature in the park is a 100 foot Sioux quartzite cliff rising from the open prairie. The cliff appeared blue to settlers going west in the 1860s and 1870s, which is how the park got it’s name.

At the Mound’s southern end is a 1,250 foot line of rocks aligned in a east-west direction. Who built it and why is unknown, but on the first day of spring and fall the sunrise and sunset are lined up on this stone alignment.

There is also a small herd of bison living within the park boundaries. Local rumors say that the Plains Indians used to stampede the bison off of the park’s cliff, though no evidence exists today to prove this claim. Sadly I did not see any of the park’s bison on my visit.

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Mount Roosevelt Memorial

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While in Deadwood last week I decided to check out Mount Roosevelt Memorial.  To get to the trailhead take US highway 85 northbound out of Deadwood.  In a couple miles you’ll take a left onto Mt Roosevelt Road, which is the same turn for The Lodge at Deadwood. About two and a half miles up this gravel road you’ll find the sign for Mount Roosevelt Memorial & Picnic Ground.

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Crazy Horse Spring Volksmarch 2016

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Hiked the 10k Crazy Horse Volksmarch this weekend! A Volksmarch is an organized hike typically 10k (6.2 miles) or 5k (3.1 miles) in length. At the Crazy Horse Volksmarch hikers follow dirt trails and gravel roads all the way up to the arm of Crazy Horse directly in front of his nine-story-high face. The elevation of Crazy Horse is 6,740 feet, just 500 feet lower than Harney Peak which is the highest point in South Dakota. The Crazy Horse Volksmarch is the most popular organized hike in the United States, with 15,000 walkers in a record year. Continue reading