Hidden Valley Trail, Moab, Utah

A steep cardiovascular workout takes you up to a gorgeous hidden valley with towering cliffs high above Moab and Spanish Valley with scenic views and solitude. Distance: 4 miles out and back Approximate hiking time: 2 to 3 hours Difficulty: Moderate Trail surface: Single-track dirt trail Best season: Year-round; but summers are hot. Other trail users: Occasional mountain bikers Dogs allowed…

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Negro Bill Canyon Trail to Morning Glory Bridge, Moab, UT

“When you are generous with your love, you’re really loving yourself, because what comes back is so amazing.” – Rumi Drive along the gorgeous Colorado River to get to this moderate hiking trail which winds through the canyon to a rock formation called Morning Glory Bridge, which spans 243 feet, the sixth longest natural rock…

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Hunter Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah

Ah, Moab!   You are a magical place. I come to you broken and you heal me. I have my fears and doubts and you give me love and compassion. I feel desolate and completely alone in your presence. I stop walking and listen to the sound of utter silence. In that peace, I know…

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Iceberg Lake, Many Glacier, Montana

Iceberg Lake is a brilliant lake with colors of turquoise and aquamarine with tall cliffs surrounding three sides.   The lake was named for the icebergs that can be seen floating about the lake. The journey to the lake is stunning with wildflowers along the path.   It crosses through grizzly bear country and bears can be…

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Grays – Torreys Peaks

Two Fourteeners in a day, if you want them.   Or just do one. It doesn’t look like they are going anywhere.   Grays Peak stands at 14,270’ and Torreys Peak at 14, 267’ and they are the two highest points along the Continental Divide. Distance: 8.35 miles round trip (both peaks) Elevation Start and End: 11,259′…

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Avalanche Lake, Glacier National Park

This is one of the most popular hikes in Glacier National Park with its gentle climb with a lively stream in a beautiful gorge on the way through a rain forest to a high mountain lake with cliffs and waterfalls. Mileage: 2.3 miles to the lake, 3.1 miles to the inlet, one way. Elevation Gain: 505…

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Koko Head Trail, Honolulu, Hawaii

This trail consists of 1106 steps of wooden ties under the railroad tracks to the top of the summit. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. More like a Stairmaster than a trail, this great workout rewards you with stunning views at the summit. Mileage: 1.8…

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Lanikai Pillbox Trail (Ka’iwa Ridge), Oahu, Hawaii

A stunning, short trail along the Ka’iwa Ridge with view of Lanikai and Kailua, offering some of the best vistas of Oahu’s windward side. Mileage: 1.6 miles Elevation: 587 feet Difficulty: Moderate Duration: 1 hour to 90 minute round trip depending on how far you decide to go. Type: Out and Back or Loop, you…

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Uyen

I truly believe that people come into our life for a reason.   Some may stay in your life for a while, some for a brief second, but there is a reason they come into your life. Last year around November, I got an email from a lady in Berkley, California, asking me to take her…

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Diamond Head, Waikiki, Hawaii

The Diamond Head Crater is a stunning volcanic landmark near Waikiki.   This short hour trip to the top offers amazing panoramic views. How to Get There:  Drive through Kapiolani Park (located at the end of Waikiki) headed towards Diamond Head on Kalakaua Blvd which then turns into Poni Moi Rd.   Turn Right onto Diamond…

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