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Ontario Peak via Icehouse Canyon

The day after returning home from our Utah-Arizona road trip adventure, we got up early and climbed a new mountain. The Saturday trek brought us back to Icehouse Canyon, but rather than hiking up Cucamonga Peak, we went up the spectacular Ontario Peak. The trail to Ontario Peak begins just off Mt. Baldy Road at… Continue reading Ontario Peak via Icehouse Canyon

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Scorching Scottsdale, Arizona

Chaparral Park, Scottsdale After our week-long epic adventure to remember through Arizona and Utah, we returned to the San Gabriel Valley for the weekend. That was short-lived however, because on the following Tuesday, I was off to Scottsdale again on family business. This was not a bad thing. Even in the dry desert heat, Scottsdale… Continue reading Scorching Scottsdale, Arizona

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Fun in Flagstaff, Arizona

After camping for three days in Moab, Utah, visiting three of Utah's big five national parks, we broke camp and loaded up the minivan. Following a stop to fill up on fuel and a last visit to my new favorite coffee shop, Moab Roasters, we hit the road to start the trek home through Flagstaff.… Continue reading Fun in Flagstaff, Arizona

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Side Trails: Hog Springs and Glen Canyon

The bridge at Hog Spring The adventure continued our last full day in Utah after leaving Capitol Reef National Park. Instead of taking Utah 24 back to I-70 directly to Moab, we headed south on Route 95 with the intent of skirting the south end of Canyonlands before hitting U.S. 191 again and arriving back… Continue reading Side Trails: Hog Springs and Glen Canyon

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Arches National Park

The Windows Arches National Park is an Utah icon, to the point where the Delicate Arch situated within the park is the inspiration for the artwork on the over 2 million license plates issued in the state. While Arches is the third most visited park among southern Utah's big five and ranks 17th in annual… Continue reading Arches National Park