Arches National Park, UT
What is the most thrilling hike in Arches National Park? I pulled up Trip Advisor, hoping to find an answer, as I was headed there on my long-awaited vacation. Fiery Furnace was ranked number two on the site, second only to the Delicate Arch hike. Fiery Furnace is a labyrinth of narrow sandstone canyons, orange and tan colored fins, towers, spires and arches. The colorful sandstone lights up when the setting sun casts its rays on the canyon walls, making it look like a “fiery furnace.”
The delicate nature of the ecosystem requires that only guided tours enter the area, or hikers who have a permit. The park service offers an affordable tour into Fiery Furnace, but those tours sell out months in advance. I hadn’t planned that far ahead! I researched tour companies and found one offering guided hikes into Fiery Furnace.
A trip down Route 66 for good eats and good times
Text and Photos by Lara Hartley
Finding good food while getting your kicks on Route 66 is not a problem. Choices run the gamut from American Diner to Chinese. There are many eateries on the Mother Road, but I chose five nearby to explore.
I started my multi-day culinary expedition at the Route 66 landmark, the Summit Inn, located at the top of the Cajon Pass in Oak Hills. This ’50s cafe is owned by Apple Valley resident C.A. Stevens. He is only the second owner of this cafe (where Elvis was rumored to have visited) and has preserved its vintage American feel. Read more…
Colorado River Trip in a Canoe
I decided to take a two-day, two-night canoe trip with John Wesley Powell’s The Exploration of The Colorado River And Its Canyons as my only companion. I don’t advise running the river alone, but as the years go by, I am finding it more difficult to convince my friends to undertake such adventures. I sense that time may be running out for old-fashioned canoeists like me.
During my journey down the Colorado River, it occurred to me that the real value of trips and vacations is that they allow us to think about life, dream without boundaries, to reinvent ourselves. Powell’s expedition was no doubt a life-defining experience. It put him in the national spotlight. For most of us, however, little junkets such as mine are merely life-refining. Zipper Bookmark Art Design Jeans Plastic Zipmark Book SOHO Gift
Nine iron beads were found in an Egyptian tomb in 1911. The tomb dated from 3200 BC, two millennia prior to the Iron Age. Scientists later determined the iron must have been hammered into beads from meteoritic iron, iron from a meteor. They were found with “lapis lazuli from Afghanistan, gold foil beads, [and] carnelian from the Eastern desert…” Were these items solely for decoration or were they thought to have some power of some kind?
It’s not only ancient cultures that react and interact with stones and metals in this way. Today, there’s a resurgence of interest in crystals and gemstones, not only for their beauty, but for their life-enhancing energetic powers. Read more…
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