Posts Tagged ‘camping’

Travelling…

Okay, so it turns out I will be driving down to Las Vegas rather than going to Thunder in the Valley.  This is quite alright with me!  On the way down to Vegas, we will be traversing the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park, Montana, and camping at Craters of the Moon National Monument.

Then, after exploring the amazing geology at the Craters of the Moon, we shall continue on to Vegas.  After playing a bit in Vegas (yay blackjack!), the plan is to take a day-trip out to the Grand Canyon for even more wondrous geology.  And photographs.

Now, I’ve never been to Craters of the Moon or the Grand Canyon, though I’ve read a lot and seen many pictures.  I am very interested in the geology of each, as well as the roadside geology along the way.  To that end I have ordered the Roadside Geology of Montana and the Roadside Geology of Idaho.  I hope they arrive in time.  But I’m wondering if you, the gentle reader, have any suggestions of specific hikes or trails to take at any location.  I believe we are going to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, where most of the trails are listed as “steep” or “very steep” on the park website.  This is not a problem for me, so long as we are prepared.  I just wonder if anyone out there has any other suggestions than what is on the park website.

Oh but I wish I could spend a week or so just in the Grand Canyon….  But oh the photos I will take!

Crowsnest Pass Festivities

Well it’s coming up on summer again, and that means festival season.  One of my new favourites is Rum Runner Days and Thunder in the Valley, down in the Crowsnest Pass in south-western Alberta.  If you check out the listed web sites, you will find there is lots to do.

Last year I went with friends for the day to check out the Thunder.  The worst part of it was leaving after the show.  We didn’t get home until about 05:30 the next morning (see here).  I’m vowing not to do that again, so was planning to spend a couple nights camping in the area.  I’m just hoping that I can make it down there early enough one morning to get a spot, otherwise I might be sleeping in the car on the highway (done it before; don’t want to do it again).

Anyway, aside from camping (and therefore, partying), as I said, there is a ton to do down there.  The following is a short listing of potential activities for the whole family to enjoy.  I’m sure there is much more to do as well.

Now I just have to see if I can actually make it down there or if I have to miss the whole thing.

Whatever you do, though, don’t forget the sunscreen and DEET-based insect repellent (just don’t apply them both at the same time, as many sunscreens are known to increase the rate at which DEET is absorbed into the skin – check out the Environmental Working Group’s sunscreen database to determine if yours is safe).