Itinerary to Valley of Fire, Zion, Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, Grand Canyon, and Havasupai Falls

April 12-19, 2015
Valley of Fire State Park (Nevada)http://parks.nv.gov/parks/valley-of-fire-state-park/
  • Map: http://www.nps.gov/glca/planyourvisit/upload/Horseshoe%20Bend2.pdf
  • Approximately 5 miles south of the Carl Hayden Visitor Center on U.S. Hwy 89, just south of highway marker 545, turn west on the dirt road which ascends the small hill. Drive a short distance west on the dirt road and park at the base of the hill. Climb up and down sandy hill.
    1.5 mile (2.4km) round-trip
    Easy
OTHER IDEAS
Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point

This 10.7-mile out-and-back dives more than 3,000 feet to a photogenic perch offering five-star views of the Colorado River and the second deepest canyon in the United States.

South Kaibab Trail to Bright Angel Trail

Trek to the bottom of the Grand Canyon on this 13.7-mile shuttle hike that tours rugged canyons, visits the Colorado River, and features stunning cliffside views.

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Valley of fire and Zion National Park

Saturday evening took the 9:30p train from San Diego to LA’s union station. It was a very pleasant rise and put me in LA around midnight. 

   

 

After that, drove with a friend to Valley of the Fire. 


Valley of Fire State Park (Nevada)http://parks.nv.gov/parks/valley-of-fire-state-park/

   

 

After a quick exploration, we headed to zion. We got there around 11am and checked into our campsite in Watchman.   On to Angels Landing! Roughly a 2.5 mile out and back (so 5 miles total) with incredible views and a steep elevation gain. 
 Young and old alike were on the trail looking for a challenge. 
   

  

This is a truly wonderful hike that I would recommend. It’s tough, so go at your own pace. 

We grabbed a bite at Meme’s cafe and then grabbed some groceries and gear for The Narrows tomorrow. The water temp is 45 degrees.  I am extremely exhausted!

Tanzanian Journey! #kilimanjaro #tanzania #zanzibar #africa

Fri, Jan 30

I’m packed and ready to go!  This trip was booked back in November (almost 3 months ago)…and it’s finally here!

What I’m taking (I can’t believe it fits in a 46L pack and a 55L pack!):
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Packing list:

Post-call –> That means I spent 24 hours in the hospital.  So now, I’m exhausted, but super excited to get the trip started!!

What’s in store for today….
It’s already been a crazy day bc the flights were changed. Multiple times. What can ya do? I’m too tired to hoot an holler. Apparently there’s a bad storm in Amsterdam.

10:03A DL 5689: SAN → LAX 11A

13:50P KLM602  LAX → AMS 9A (Sat) = 10H 15M

Follow me and my journey!

So gonna try and do a 24hour stay in Amsterdam. Not part of the original plan, but definitely trying to make something happen.
http://www.travelchannel.com/shows/the-layover/travel-guides/amsterdam-travel-guide
http://www.iamsterdam.com/en/visiting/about-amsterdam/itineraries/24-hours
http://www.iamsterdam.com/en/visiting/about-amsterdam/itineraries/24-hours
http://www.essentialtravel.co.uk/magazine/24-hour-guides/amsterdam.asp
http://www.cntraveller.com/recommended/cities/24-hours-in-amsterdam

http://www.klm.com/travel/us_en/customer_support/customer_support/compensation_flight_disruptions/index.htm

New to Camping #camping

I’m rather new to hiking and camping. 2014 was a year of discovery for me and I have enjoyed reconnecting with nature. Southern California is a huge nature lover’s playground! I wish I had some of the advice listed below before I started getting my gear and heading out. So, start here and get out there! I’m still learning with every trip!

Wiki-How: to start camping

So you want to go camping for the first time

18 Tips for Foolproof Camping

Camping for Dummies Cheat Sheet

Campground Etiquette

How to use a map and compass

Wilderness Survivor for Dummies Cheat Sheet

How to Pack a Hiking Pack

Sequoia National Park #sequoia #hiking #nature

On a random whim to get another hike in before Kili, I was gently nudged into a 5hour drive to the beautiful Sequoia National Park.  Left early Saturday morning and hit the Potwisha campground around 10am.  After a little looking around and setting up shop, we headed to the Marble Falls trailhead.  This trail climbs 3.9 miles (6km) through chaparral to a lovely cascade. Park near site #14 at Potwisha Campground. (We stayed in  campsite #5 and it was awesome!!).

Potwisha Campground Map with directions to Marble Falls trailhead.

http://www.hikespeak.com/trails/marble-falls-sequoia/

http://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/foothillhikessum.htm

Here is an excellent review and description of the Marble Falls Trail Hike: http://t2hikingfool.blogspot.com/2011/03/roar-and-water-marble-falls-trail.html

After an excellent hike, we set up camp and lazed around the campfire with hotdogs, baked beans, and smores.  It was a pretty chilly night, but my Sea & Summit silk thermoliner, patagonia tights, columbia fleece pants, and snowboard pants in a 20 degree F rated sleeping bag with my down coat and wool beanie was incredibly warm!  It must’ve been in the 40s — but I felt like I was roasting in the 80s!

In the morning, breakfast was oatmeal with bananas and raisins.  We took down the tent and headed out to find the General Sherman Tree and Moro Rock.  The views were stunning!! I wish we had done this hike, but we had to head back home.

Moro Rock

Here’s a map of the park with some hikes:

I didn’t get a chance to see this website before I went to Sequoia…so I’m letting you know now! Check it out!!  http://www.modernhiker.com/best-hikes-in-sequoia-national-park/

The pack I used (the same I’ll use for Kili):

Women’s Osprey Kyte 46L

My incredible boots:

Women’s Salomon 4D GTX hiking boot

New to hiking??  This website makes some great suggestions on how to get started!

http://hub.sierratradingpost.com/jumpstart-adventurous-2015-teamsierra/

Now, to leave you with a nice bucket list…

http://www.cntraveler.com/galleries/2014-11-26/30-places-to-visit-before-you-turn-30/28