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Spelunking in Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave

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The Actun Tunichil Muknal cave tour was my favorite thing that we did in Belize during our entire trip! I am a bit partial and really enjoy spelunking and exploring caves, but this adventure really was super cool and lived up to all of my expectations! ATM cave is world renown and was named one of the top 10 caves...

Mirror Lake Loop Trail

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Overview: Distance: 2-8mi (depending on route) Time: 1-3hrs Elevation Gain/Loss: Roughly 100ft Difficulty: Easy Crowd Factor: Moderate-High Best Time: May-Sept, Oct-Nov Permits: No, Yosemite Park Entry Fee: $35 Highlights Beautiful views Easy, but not too easy. A little something for people of all levels. Lowlights Crowds, especially during the summer...

Guide to Hiking Half Dome

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Hiking Half Dome is a "bucket list" item for many people and is not something to commit to lightly or to go into unprepared. This 8,844 ft tall peak in Yosemite National Park provides incredible views of the valley floor and surrounding areas. Hiking to the top of it is no joke and is not for inexperienced hikers. It...

How to Get a Zion Narrows Permit

Overnight backpacking permits for the Zion Narrows are like gold - they are incredibly hard to get and go very quickly once they become available. Day hiking permits are much easier and far less competitive. You do not need a permit if you are day hiking from the Bottom, up. Anyone at any time can wander into the bottom portion...

Guide to Coyote Gulch

Coyote Gulch is an amazing beautiful canyon in the Grand Staircase-Escalante desert in Utah. It's a popular destination for backpackers and day hikers due to the incredible arches, waterfalls, and petroglyphs all found within a relatively short distance. This area is best explored during an overnight backpacking trip, but can be done as one long day hike as well. Overview: ...

Guide for Hiking Mt. Baldy (Mt. San Antonio)

Mt. Baldy is the highest peak in Los Angeles county and is a popular and difficult hike that's just over an hour outside of the city. It’s official name of Mt. San Antonio, but it's called Mt. Baldy since the top is tree-less and "bald". It's often used for training for other more strenuous hikes. During our trek, we...

Making The Most Out of a 3-Day Trip to Yosemite

Planning a 3 day trip to Yosemite can be overwhelming when there's so much to see and do. If you're only spending 3 days in the park you want an itinerary that's going to maximize your time and give you a little bit of everything Yosemite has to offer, espeically if this is your first visit! Having some spontinatity...

Visiting Upper & Lower Mesa Falls

Upper and Lower Mesa Falls are breathtaking waterfalls that rival those of the nearby Yellowstone National Park. Located along the Henrys Fork River in the Grand Targhee Forest, this is a short and easy must-see "hike" on the way to the western Yellowstone entrance from Idaho. The water of these falls cascades over remnants of an ancient volcanic super-eruption...

How To Get A Hiking or Backpacking Permit For Half Dome

Getting a Half Dome hiking permit in Yosemite is like winning the lottery - literally!... since it's a lottery system, you have to win the lottery to get the permit...(sorry bad pun)... Anyway, YES YOU NEED A PERMIT to hike Half Dome. This top section goes over how to get a day hiking permit, and below we have details...

What Is At The End of Zzyzx Road?

If you've every driven between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, you've probably driven past the exit for Zzyzx Road on Route 15 and had a laugh at the ridiculous name that you're not even sure how to pronounce. (It's pronounced Z-eye-zicks by the way) More than likely, you didn't stop to check out what's at the end of this...