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We’ve almost made it to our destination (Keuka Lake NY) and I thought I’d share some of the tasty food we’ve had along the way. First up was at Chauhan Ale & Masala House in Nashville. Pictured above are their gol guppa shots, a creative and very tasty appetizer. You pour the mint cilantro water 

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Allen and I both had the same idea coming away from GMT West – seeing Labyrinth played made us both long to get it back on the table. This game opened the door for the COIN series of games, providing a truly asymmetric two player gaming experience focused on the American war on terror beginning …

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I skipped the Sunday festivities at GMT weekend so that Julie and I could hightail it up to Redding to see some old friends that have lived there for about 10 years. They went above and beyond, planning an all afternoon kayaking adventure on the Sacramento river. Our friend Mike works at the Shasta dam …

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Julie and I worked out our return from our long hiking and backpacking trip to pass through central California so that I could (again) attend the GMT Games weekend at the warehouse event. Despite the very high heat it was a fun weekend with several new-to-me games played. And I bought a couple of games …

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After climbing out of that big canyon, we cruised south in AZ, stopping for a night to have dinner with a young man (former classmate and teammate of Matthew and son of close friends) in Mesa before heading south of Tucson. We had never visited my aunt and uncle’s place in Green Valley and were …

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Our concluding days in the canyon were some of the most relaxing we’ve ever had. It was a short, mostly flat 7 mile hike from Cottonwood camp to Bright Angel. Right away we had to ford Wall Creek again, but this time we just went barefoot with good results. Dry socks and boots. We saw …

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Day 3 was our planned “big day”: a day hike from Cottonwood Camp up to the north rim, then to the vacated Lodge, then back down to camp. By day hike I mean we left our camping gear in camp, carrying just 10 essentials, water, and food. While the hike to the rim is about …

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Our five day Grand Canyon backpacking adventure began on the South Kaibab trail. We caught the 8am hiker express shuttle at the Backcountry Office where we parked our car. An earlier shuttle would have been nice, but we had to break camp at the Mather Campground. This takes about 90 minutes and would be even …

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We made it to our final hiking and camping destination – Grand Canyon. We spent day one setting up camp and being tourists around the south rim trail. I’ve been here once before, in 1984, but only remember seeing the view from the rim. It was nice to see more of the architecture and different …

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I have a confession: one side goal of all this travel to the SW USA is to scout out a possible future residence that would have winters more amendable to our outdoor lifestyle than the Pacific Northwest. So far Sedona (maybe Flagstaff) is the only town that seems worth a second look. We visited a …

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We took a break from camping and spent two hotel nights in Chinle, AZ to get a deep dive tour of the Canyon de Chelly. The canyon and park is within the Navajo Nation, and most parts of the canyon are only accessible via tours from certified Navajo operators. Julie and I have mixed feelings …

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Leaving Chaco Canyon there were three additional sites for us to check out. The first was Pueblo Pintado, an outlier site that is part of the Chaco National Park. We like these outlier sites as we often have them to ourselves. Many of these sites have middens rife with pottery sherds. We love walking along …

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I won’t give enough words for the awesomeness that is Chaco in this post. A few highlights and photos will have to suffice. Chaco is a unique national park. It is in the middle of seemingly nowhere, requires some light off-roading to get there, and is mostly devoid of cell service. Carl Sagan talked about …

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Day two in the Cortez CO area took us to Sand Canyon southwest of town, a beautiful hike that also contains a large amount of Puebloan ruins. We improvised a bit, bushwhacking and taking an improvised trail back on the other side of the canyon. Why? Because we saw more ruins over there, that’s why. …

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We planned for about three days in the Colorado portion of the four corners exploration, specifically to visit Mesa Verde. We knew conditions might be a bit dicey given the high elevation, and as the date got closer we knew it might be best to have a plan be. Still plenty of snow up there …

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We made a lot of changes to our camping rig this year. On these extended trips we do a mix of car camping (setting up camp adjacent to or a short walk from the car) and backpacking (one or more nights miles from the car in the back country). Last season (2018) we used mostly …

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After two nights of hotel stays (we’ve learned that two nights is much better than one after finishing a backpacking trip), we made our way easy to Colorado with a stop at Hovenweep National Monument. This site is notable as it was a transition stopping point as the Puebloans abandoned the mesas and other regions &

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Our first true backpacking trip on this long journey was at Fish and Owl Canyons in Cedar Mesa. We chose this because (1) new to us and (2) it is known to have spectacular scenic beauty, if not accessible ruins. This hike is not for the beginner backpacker. Dropping into Fish Canyon included a 20 …

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One of our few fixed, pre-planned trips on this month long adventure was a visit to Moon House. This ruin is notable enough to require permitting to limit the number of visitors. Each photo I show will gradually zoom out. Above you can see Julie at the entrance to one of the individual chambers. Here …

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Our next day of day hiking in the Cedar Mesa we planned a “quick” trip into Slickhorn Canyon to see one of the “perfect kivas”, then move onto Moon House Ruin, for which we had acquired a permit to see many months ago. We should know by now there are no quick trips into these …

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Douglas Preston: “Any Cretaceous mammal burrow is incredibly rare,” he said. “But this one is impossible—it’s dug right through the KT boundary.” Perhaps, he said, the mammal survived the impact and the flood, burrowed into the mud to escape the freezing darkness, then died. “It may have been born in the Cr

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After exploring the Citadel ruin at the top of Road Canyon, we ventured down into the canyon then up the south face to visit Fallen Roof ruin. The name should be obvious from the photo above: the recess cave roof is collapsing, not the dwelling itself. Not an archaeologist but it is apparent that the …

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We set out for some day hiking to explore more native cliff dwelling ruins. A year ago we backpacked Grand Gulch to Bullet Canyon and we’re mesmerized by the geography and the native sites. This year we planned for five full days – a mix of day hiking and backpacking. First stop was a hike …

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We lucked into one of the most spectacular camping sites we’ve ever had. Needing a home base for some Cedar Mesa day hike we searched in the Campendium app for local BLM dispersed camping and noticed the many five star ratings. We found a spot right at the northern end of the scenic, rough road …

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I’ve been remote for the past 5-6 days without signal. Time for more updates. I’ve got about five more to go. Our focus this trip isn’t the big national parks (other than Grand Canyon) but we were camping so close to Arches that we dropped in for two evening hikes. This photo is the courthouse …

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Today was our first mountain biking adventure in Moab and, frankly, the first mountain biking we’ve done in 20+ years. We chose an intermediate adventure with Rim Tours and it was perfect for us. Our route took us along the west side of Arches and included some decent climbing and plenty of slick rock traversing. &

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Good warmup hike today near Moab on the Grandstaff Canyon trail. Back to camp for a nap then late day hike planned for Arches or Dead Horse State Park. The post Grandstaff Trail, Moab appeared first on

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I stopped at Shoshone Falls, near Twin Falls ID, on my solo return from NY last September. This time Julie joined me. Flow was much higher but the skies were grayer. The post Return to Shoshone Falls appeared first on

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Bruce Geryk: This focus on headquarters drives play in many ways. In the early game, the Japanese are working to render the disparate Allied commands (Malaya, Dutch East Indies and the Philippines) ineffective by putting their headquarters out of supply. The Japanese are working to maximize their effectiveness though thr

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This will be a linear wander through my gaming from early February through early March. Julie was in Florida for the duration so I was anxious to fill my free days and weekends with gaming. I guess it worked. The post

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