Archive | 2012

Buckskin Gulch

Buckskin Gultch, Slot Canyon, Wire Pass, Desert Landscape

Buckskin Gulch in southern Utah is the longest and deepest slot canyon in the southwest and quite possibly the longest in the world. It also happens to be the first slot canyon we had the opportunity to hike.

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Photo of the Day: Coral Pink Sand Dunes

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Utah, Landscape, Desert

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Kanab, Utah

Living Large in Small Spaces

One of the things we always felt pressured by living in the U.S. was the subtle coercion of BIG. Big houses, big cars, big everything. There’s a lot to lament about big. It’s costly, it’s wasteful, it’s demanding. Every square inch of that bigness needs to be maintained and financed. It is, in our view, a horrible waste of time and resources.

Of course our view is a minority one. For the majority, big is desirable, it is status, and even an end unto itself. And because market economies like ours typically give the majority what it wants, we’ve seen a more than doubling of home sizes in the past 60 years. Not only are new homes being built bigger, vintage properties are torn down to make way for giants. In the process the stock of reasonably sized residences has declined, along with the options of the minority who prefer them.

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Is This the Best National Park in the U.S.

Bryce Canyon National Park, Landscape, Hoodoos, Sunrise

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

There’s a certain “love the one you’re with” aspect to judging things. Whether books, or movies, or music, or – in this case – national parks, we often give preference to our most recent experience. Still bathed in the glow of something amazing it is difficult to rank older experiences objectively. Was that incredible place we just left really that much better than the incredible place we visited earlier in the year? We can’t sample them back to back in a blind taste test. Which is probably why our annual “Best Of” travel articles are always so hard to put together. It’s also why this particular post is expressed in the form of a question.

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Photo of the Day: Getting the Shot

My stunt double scales a cliff to capture the perfect photo.

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