Skijoring: Combining Two Favorite Sports

My nephews stumbled on a way to combine their two favorite hobbies: skiing and horseback riding. What they didn’t know is that this hybrid sport has a name. Skijoring is Norwegian for “ski driving” and has been around a while—although no one is sure how long. Variations include getting pulled by a dog (or more likely a team) or a machine. Competitions exist wherever snow is deep enough to hold them, including the championships in Whitefish, Montana.

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Crawling through the Abandoned Zoo in Griffith Park

In the vicinity of Los Angles lies Griffith Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country. Its 4,700 acres is home to an observatory, museum, zoo, several hiking trails, and the iconic Hollywood sign. But the most peculiar part is the abandoned zoo, a photographer’s dream. The zoo opened in 1912 but was abandoned in the 60s in favor of a new home a few miles away. Continue reading “Crawling through the Abandoned Zoo in Griffith Park”

Top Five Southern Utah Hikes

Here’s a list of my top five favorite places to hike in southern Utah, chosen based on trails that are less crowded and off the beaten path. Two are from the Grand Staircase-Escalante Region, an area of more than two million acres with only one maintained trail. Spring and fall is the perfect time to check out southern Utah before the heat becomes unbearable. Click on the links to learn more.

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Sand Hollow State Park

There’s parks you go to for a peaceful commune with nature; this is not one of those. This is a park you go to for a bitchin’ good time. Acres of red sand dunes make for a wild adventure of your choice. If you’re like some of my family, there’s plenty of crazy hills to dare each other higher up. If you’re like me, there’s plenty of low rolling hills to speed over and attempt to look cool. Continue reading “Sand Hollow State Park”

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