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Old Men And Far Travelers May Lie With Authority

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    I took my new black lab puppy Anna to Colorado’s Castlewood Canyon State Park yesterday for her first time hiking. As far as I know, she’s never been on a trail before. She didn’t act like she had been, anyway, and I doubt the family who had her for a short while before me took […]

    Castelwood Canyon State Park Colorado Anna at the RimjasonhussongFollowing the trail into Castlewood CanyonAnna glaring at me because I'm taking pictures and not going fast enoughCastlewood Canyon's falls areaMap of the west side of Castlewood CanyonLooking down from one side of the dam to the otherAnna stopping to enjoy Castlewood Canyon's rim viewsCastelwood Canyon State Park Colorado Anna at the RimjasonhussongFollowing the trail into Castlewood CanyonAnna glaring at me because I'm taking pictures and not going fast enoughCastlewood Canyon's falls areaMap of the west side of Castlewood CanyonLooking down from one side of the dam to the otherAnna stopping to enjoy Castlewood Canyon's rim views

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    Hiking in Yellowstone is a fantastic experience. It’s one of the best ways to spend time in the park. Heck, you could even say it’s the quintessential park experience. But, with so much to see and do in the world’s first national park, it’s hard to squeeze everything in. So, where to go hiking? One […]

    Yellowstone National Park Solitary GeyserjasonhussongWatching Old Faithful eruptA map of the geyser basin around Old FaithfulCrossing the Firehole RiverThe view of the geyser basin around Old FaithfulSolitary Geyser eruptsCastle Geyser generally erupts twice per dayCrossing the Firehole River en route to Morning GloryThe beautiful Morning Glory PoolYellowstone National Park Solitary GeyserjasonhussongWatching Old Faithful eruptA map of the geyser basin around Old FaithfulCrossing the Firehole RiverThe view of the geyser basin around Old FaithfulSolitary Geyser eruptsCastle Geyser generally erupts twice per dayCrossing the Firehole River en route to Morning GloryThe beautiful Morning Glory Pool

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    Minnesota’s Split Rock Lighthouse is quite possibly the state’s most iconic spot. The building’s image has been depicted on stamps and postcards, in paintings and famous photographs, and in most any other medium something can be immortalized. Standing atop a 130-foot-tall sheer cliff along the north shore of Lake Superior, it’s no wonder Split Rock […]

    Split Rock Lighthouse Minnesota BelowjasonhussongMinnesota's Split Rock LighthouseClimbing up in the lighthouseThe view from atop the lighthouseThe stairs down to the best vantage point of the lighthouseThe iconic Split Rock LighthouseSplit Rock Lighthouse Minnesota BelowjasonhussongMinnesota's Split Rock LighthouseClimbing up in the lighthouseThe view from atop the lighthouseThe stairs down to the best vantage point of the lighthouseThe iconic Split Rock Lighthouse

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  • 09/18/13--07:49: Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  • Cheryl Strayed’s Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail was at the top of my booklist since reading her Dear Sugar column, Write Like a Motherfucker. It gave me some encouragement I desperately needed. So I read it again. And then I read more of her columns. And still more after that. […]

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    My dad’s surprise 70th birthday was celebrated in fine fashion with a weekend at the Grand Superior Lodge on the north shore of Lake Superior. For months, my sister, brother, and I worked to make all of the arrangements. And it went off virtually without a hitch. Virtually? Yeah, there was something about someone losing […]

    Grand Superior Lodge Minnesota Lake Superior CoastlinejasonhussongGrand Superior Lodge Minnesota OutsideGrand Superior Lodge Minnesota Living RoomGrand Superior Lodge Minnesota Upstairs RoomGrand Superior Lodge Minnesota SmoresThe iconic Split Rock LighthousePie!The moon rising over Lake SuperiorGrand Superior Lodge Minnesota Lake Superior CoastlinejasonhussongGrand Superior Lodge Minnesota OutsideGrand Superior Lodge Minnesota Living RoomGrand Superior Lodge Minnesota Upstairs RoomGrand Superior Lodge Minnesota SmoresThe iconic Split Rock LighthousePie!The moon rising over Lake Superior

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    U.S. national parks are closed, because the American federal government is stupid and has shutdown. Some state governors may open their parks using state funds. Until that point, all I can do is look at my pictures – as well as a funny photo I found on Facebook (below) – and dream of going for […]

    Through the Woods, Over the Golden Gate, to John Muir's House I GojasonhussongSanta Elena Canyon in Texas' Big Bend National ParkHiking amongst the redwoods in California's John Muir National MonumentOuzel Lake in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National ParkThis about says it all.Through the Woods, Over the Golden Gate, to John Muir's House I GojasonhussongSanta Elena Canyon in Texas' Big Bend National ParkHiking amongst the redwoods in California's John Muir National MonumentOuzel Lake in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National ParkThis about says it all.

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    My favorite stop on my trip to China a few years back was the Great Wall of China at Simatai. I loved hiking along its crumbling ramparts, stopping occasionally to admire the view. This 5.4km-long section of the wall is approximately 120km northeast of Beijing, and much more authentic in nature than the more touristy […]

    China Souvenir ShoppingjasonhussongThe Great Wall of China at SimataiIs it my style? Do I look as good as I think? Yes, yes...very good.China Souvenir ShoppingjasonhussongThe Great Wall of China at SimataiIs it my style? Do I look as good as I think? Yes, yes...very good.

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  • 11/19/13--06:24: Winter Is Almost Here
  • The night grows longer. The day shorter. The temperature goes down as the thermostat goes up. Winter is almost here. Snow is forecasted. Mittens and caps are all pulled from the shelves. We bundle up a little more each day. Winter is almost here. No more hiking. No more trekking. No more walking in the […]

    Anna SnowjasonhussongAnna stopping to enjoy Castlewood Canyon's rim viewsHiking Colorado White Ranch Open SpaceAnna SnowAnna SnowjasonhussongAnna stopping to enjoy Castlewood Canyon's rim viewsHiking Colorado White Ranch Open SpaceAnna Snow

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  • 02/07/14--09:26: Out in the Desert
  • With how cold it’s been in Colorado this past week – not getting above zero one day, and the others always well below as well – I’m dreaming of hiking out in the dessert in Arizona’s Saguaro National Park.Filed under: My Photos Tagged: Arizona, Hiking, National Park, Photography, Travel

    Saguaro National Park Rincon Mountain District Tucson Cactus Forest Douglas Springs TrailjasonhussongSaguaro National Park Rincon Mountain District Tucson Cactus Forest Douglas Springs TrailSaguaro National Park Rincon Mountain District Tucson Cactus Forest Douglas Springs TrailjasonhussongSaguaro National Park Rincon Mountain District Tucson Cactus Forest Douglas Springs Trail

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  • 03/18/14--05:55: My First Staycation
  • I’m going on my first staycation this weekend. Well, no, not really. I suppose I’m not going anywhere. I’m staying right here in Denver, hanging out with my puppy, and doing some things around town. The two of us kicked it off this past weekend by taking a walk through Cherry Creek State Park and […]

    Rocky Mountains from Cherry Creek State ParkjasonhussongThe view from Cherry Creek State ParkPlaying in Cherry Creek State ParkCherry Creek State ParkRocky Mountains from Cherry Creek State ParkjasonhussongThe view from Cherry Creek State ParkPlaying in Cherry Creek State ParkCherry Creek State Park

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  • 03/28/14--10:41: Hiking with Benny
  • For the past few weeks, I’ve been hosting two visiting journalists – one from Pakistan and one from Germany. Based on my weird work schedule, and all of the things she wanted to do while in Denver, I wasn’t able to get out at all with the visiting Pakistani journalist. This morning, though, I went […]

    ???????????????????????????????jasonhussongThe view from the rim at Castlewood CanyonPikes Peak beyond the treesA cool hiking cairn marks the spotBenny and Anna follow the trail???????????????????????????????jasonhussongThe view from the rim at Castlewood CanyonPikes Peak beyond the treesA cool hiking cairn marks the spotBenny and Anna follow the trail

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    I know it’s hard to believe, but I’ve fallen out of love with the U.S. National Parks. Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon? Yeah, they’re all gorgeous places, but they’re flawed for me in a big way. The same goes for my favorite parks in Big Bend, Teddy Roosevelt, and Death Valley. So what’s the problem? […]

    Yellowstone National Park Morning GloryjasonhussongDeath Valley National Park's Panamint RangeYosemite National Park from the overlookYellowstone's Morning Glory PoolYellowstone National Park Morning GloryjasonhussongDeath Valley National Park's Panamint RangeYosemite National Park from the overlookYellowstone's Morning Glory Pool

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  • 04/08/14--06:09: Planning the Hiking Season
  • I drove my puppy Anna home from the shelter at the end of last summer. We had time for a few hiking excursions after I got her, but the snow and cold quickly moved in. Now that the warmer temperatures are returning, melting any remaining snow and drying the trails, it’s time to begin planning […]

    Matthews Winters Park Hiking Scenery ColoradojasonhussongHiking around the red rocks at Matthews / Winters ParkA creek in the parkAn overlook at Matthews / Winters ParkMatthews Winters Park Hiking Scenery ColoradojasonhussongHiking around the red rocks at Matthews / Winters ParkA creek in the parkAn overlook at Matthews / Winters Park

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  • 04/20/14--14:55: A Weekend Hike
  • I missed posting a photo-of-the-week on Friday, because I was tied up with other things. So, instead, I’m sharing some photos from my hike with Anna yesterday. We visited one of our favorite spots, Castlewood Canyon State Park, which is a short drive southeast of Denver. The park has a few other spots to see, […]

    Castlewood Canyon State Park DamjasonhussongThe rocky canyon on the south side of the park is a favorite for photosHiking toward the old damThe waterfall down by the creek bottom trailHiking through the woods toward the Rim TrailHiking along the Rim TrailBack around to the dam from the Rim TrailCastlewood Canyon State Park DamjasonhussongThe rocky canyon on the south side of the park is a favorite for photosHiking toward the old damThe waterfall down by the creek bottom trailHiking through the woods toward the Rim TrailHiking along the Rim TrailBack around to the dam from the Rim Trail

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  • 05/06/14--06:40: Unplugging in the Parks
  • Last week my travel blogging buddy Traveling Ted posted about wi-fi coming to some Canadian national parks. He and I had a short exchange, which you can see in that post, that got me thinking about my habits when visiting national parks. Oddly enough as a blogger who tends to stay as connected as possible, those […]

    Ouzel Lake Creek Rocky Mountain National Park ColoradojasonhussongOuzel Lake in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National ParkThe creek leading from Ouzel LakeA rainbow at the Grand Canyon of the YellowstoneOuzel Lake Creek Rocky Mountain National Park ColoradojasonhussongOuzel Lake in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National ParkThe creek leading from Ouzel LakeA rainbow at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

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  • 05/09/14--10:33: A Rainbow Over Yellowstone
  • Whenever I get to thinking about my time in Yellowstone – which is fairly often right now, as summer approaches and I want to get outside more – I can’t help but think about my time at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. The rainbow over the falls was one of many special moments during […]

    Yellowstone National Park Canyon RainbowjasonhussongA rainbow at the Grand Canyon of the YellowstoneYellowstone National Park Canyon RainbowjasonhussongA rainbow at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

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  • 05/20/14--08:41: Skipping National Park Week
  •   National Park Week is this week in the United States. Happy days to all of those of you who were looking forward to it. There certainly is no shortage of great places to explore. And so I strongly suggest you get out and check out some of these amazing places. After all, they are […]

    Ouzel Lake Hike Wild Basin Rocky Mountain National Park ColoradojasonhussongHiking in Rocky Mountain National ParkA watch tower at Manzanar National Historic SiteThe Grand CanyonThe reflection in Barr LakeWatching him watch usThe Rockies over Barr LakeOuzel Lake Hike Wild Basin Rocky Mountain National Park ColoradojasonhussongHiking in Rocky Mountain National ParkA watch tower at Manzanar National Historic SiteThe Grand CanyonThe reflection in Barr LakeWatching him watch usThe Rockies over Barr Lake

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  • 05/27/14--06:33: My Five Rules of Hiking
  • Are there rules to hiking? Don’t you just throw on a pack with some water and munchies and hit the trail? Well, yeah, that’s certainly one way of doing it. And for most hikes that’s okay. But there are a few other things to keep in mind before heading out the door. And after hearing […]

    Colorado Hiking Devil's Head Fire Lookout to Pikes PeakjasonhussongThe view from the Devil's Head Fire LookoutA wee bit chilly 14,000 feet up on Mt. EvansHiking through Utah's Flaming GorgeColorado Hiking Devil's Head Fire Lookout to Pikes PeakjasonhussongThe view from the Devil's Head Fire LookoutA wee bit chilly 14,000 feet up on Mt. EvansHiking through Utah's Flaming Gorge

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  • 06/10/14--06:11: The Week of Anna
  • Didn’t you get the memo? This is the week of Anna. As in my puppy. Yes. We declared it to be her week a few months ago. In order to celebrate appropriately, I took the week off from work to get to all we have planned. The week started this past Saturday with a trip […]

    Anna at the Maroon Bells Aspen ColoradojasonhussongThe view as we drive up Mt. Evans, a detour en route to Steamboat SpringsThe view atop the ski mountain, the Sheraton down belowAnna at the Maroon Bells near AspenMe and Anna at the Fish Creek Falls in Steamboat SpringsAnna at the Maroon Bells Aspen ColoradojasonhussongThe view as we drive up Mt. Evans, a detour en route to Steamboat SpringsThe view atop the ski mountain, the Sheraton down belowAnna at the Maroon Bells near AspenMe and Anna at the Fish Creek Falls in Steamboat Springs

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    Anna and I were joined by some friends this last weekend as we hiked up to Fish Creek Falls in Steamboat Springs. Our collective jaws dropped – including those of the dogs – when we rounded the corner and got out first glimpse of the falls through the trees and beyond the wooden bridge. What […]

    Fish Creek Falls Steamboat Springs Hiking BridgejasonhussongFish Creek Falls near Steamboat SpringsMe and Anna at a hidden overlook high up on the trailFish Creek Falls Steamboat Springs Hiking BridgejasonhussongFish Creek Falls near Steamboat SpringsMe and Anna at a hidden overlook high up on the trail

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