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Looked out my bedroom window last night and saw this:
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This past Saturday Dan and I, fueled by mid-semester doldrums and the need to walk around in the woods, made a trip Crater Lake, Colorado.  This was not Crater Lake National Park (I would love to go there also!), but rather an awesome local treat in the San Juans.  While the names of both suggest that they are craters due to some large impact, this is untrue.  CLNP is a caldera, and Crater Lake here in Colorado is likely of glacial origin.  The hike was perfect.  A relatively short ~7.5 mile round trip allowed for lots of exploring and laid back wandering.  It was cool, with a touch of snow over much of the area.  Doesn’t get much better than that!  Of course, we couldn’t resist bringing up some juggling balls to continue our tradition of the ultra extreme sport–yes, ultra extreme sport–of alpine juggling.  The juggling pictures will be up soon, I just have to get them from Dan’s camera.  However, here are some shots from the hike…

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Crater Lake and surrounding awesomeness.

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A view heading back from Crater Lake

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My computer was out of commission for a bit so the blogging essentially stopped…but I am now back in business!  The past few weeks have treated me well and have flown by in a scenic blur.  In an effort to escape the heat and see a new place, some fellow Backcountry folk and I went up north of the park, past Kolob Reservoir for a countryside cruise.  We raced away from storm clouds coming from behind us into thick, endless aspen forests which then opened up into huge, plush fields.

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Many of which were covered in tiny purple and yellow flowers.  On our way back we got drizzled on just a bit and as we came over a hill, were greeted with a double rainbow…always a good thing.
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Work also has been gettin’ me around the park.  From the East Rim:P1010481
to the West Rim:
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I visited probably one of the most famous logs stuck in a drainage…
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and have found loads of critters.
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There are really tiny baby lizards around now that are completely adorable and I saw my first scorpion (not in a cage) that was all of an inch and a half long.

Southwestern Utah amazing.  I urge anyone who has not been to this part of the country to get out here and see it for yourself!  With that said, I am missing the mountains, forests, and alpine country of Colorado more each day.  I look forward to being back in Alamosa but until then I plan on soaking up as much Utah (and 110 degree, sun filled days) as possible.

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Ahh…Great Basin National Park.  A true taste of the middle of no where.  GBNP can be found just across the Utah border in eastern Nevada and is home to the second highest peak in Nevada: Wheeler Peak at 13,065ft.  I went out there for a few days to escape the heat and check out some parks in the area.  It’s a very small park with only a few trails but it was worth the 4-hour drive.  After being in the desert for a while, it was great to see and feel a rock glacier and the renmants of a receding glacier.  Also, being able to visit a 3200 year old tree was quite humbling.  The hike to Wheeler Peak provided some great views from the top and it was great experience battling 70mph gusts going up it.  And believe it or not, I actually ran into someone there that I met at the Zion backcountry desk who helps with medical stuff here at the park….small world.  Heres a view from the summit…
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Since then I’ve been able to explore some new areas of Zion like the Right Fork (right), a creek walk style hike in a canyon, and the East Rim (left), a higher elevation eastern portion of the park.  Both totally different, and totally gorgeous.
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And best of all, Tuesday I went to see my girlfriend.  Her family was vacationing in Moab so I went up there to see her and check out the Fiery Furnace in Arches with them.  This is an area where you kind of just scramble around through the sandstone fins, finding your own path while making sure to follow LNT principles).  Sorry, no pictures yet!

Finally…Today I just got back from an overnight trip in The Narrows here at Zion but that will have to wait for another post but in summary…it was awesome.

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