PHX to Raleigh - Part 4: Southeastern Utah, May 11th

July 24, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
I woke up when the torrential rain ended around 5 am and packed up my very wet campsite. I hit the road early with the plan to visit both the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park by the end of the day. The drive out of the Needles District was beautiful as the rising sun tried to burn off the remaining cl...
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PHX to Raleigh - Part 3: Southeastern Utah, May 10th

June 29, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
After visiting the north rim of Canyon de Chelly in the morning, I headed north toward the Utah border and Monument Valley. After getting lunch and gas in Kayenta, AZ, I started north along Highway 163. Moments after crossing into Utah, I headed into the Monument Valley Tribal Park run by the Navajo Nation. The view from the visitor center is an i...
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PHX to Raleigh Road Trip - Part 2: Canyon de Chelly, May 9-10

June 28, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
After leaving the Grand Canyon around noon, I started to drive east across northern Arizona. My destination was Canyon de Chelly National Monument in the northeast corner of the state. Despite multiple cross-country road trips through the Southwest in the past, I had not previously been to Canyon de Chelly before because it is a in a rather isolate...
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PHX to Raleigh Road Trip - Part 1: Grand Canyon, May 8-9

June 27, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
My fellowship at Arizona State ended early last month and I hit the road for a week traveling back home to North Carolina. First stop on the itinerary was the Grand Canyon. It was a brief stay but I was able to catch a sunset, a sunrise, and a short morning hike into the canyon. After arriving in the late afternoon and setting up my campsite at De...
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Saguaro National Park and the Santa Catalina Mountains

April 27, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
Last Sunday, I took a drive toward Tucson and visited Saguaro National Park. The desert was in full bloom as I took a 6 mile morning hike along the Hugh Norris trail ridgeline in the western section of the park. The first set of photos shows the white flowers of the massive saguaro cacti. Further up the trail, I came to some prickly pear cacti....
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