Sourland Hike with Mr. Grumps

Jan 19, 2019 – Taking advantage of the calm weather before the big storm hits the area in the evening. I took Mr. Grumps to Sourland Mountain Preserve for a trail run today. I thought it would be muddy, but the trail was hard packed with traces of snow and ice. Mr. Grumps definitely had fun exploring the trails. And as usual, he wanted to have some pictures taken. He met my old trail buddies and had pictures with them. He even did some ‘free soloing’ to show that he, too, has the courage to do what seems to be … Continue reading Sourland Hike with Mr. Grumps

Mr. Grumps

Hello 2019. Meet Grumpy Kirby, aka Mr. Grumps. You may have known him during his playful days. He has aged since then and retired from that playful and lovable character, but he’s still funny at times. He loves adventures and has done sports events from marathons to triathlons to ultras, but enjoys camping, exploring and hiking nowadays. He has asked me to join him in his adventures. And with that look, how can I refuse? So far, we’ve done two hikes together, with me carrying his pack and taking pictures. Boy, this old fart really loves to have his pictures … Continue reading Mr. Grumps

Arches National Park – In Pictures

Delicate masterpieces. How they look today may not be the same tomorrow. Time, and the sculpting hands of nature created them. The same elements can change, or even destroy, them.  Let man stand aside and not contribute that would lead to their destruction. Date established:  April 12, 1929, as a National Monument.  November 12, 1971, as a National Park.   Date of visit:  December 10-13, 2018. Day 1.  Arrival. I arrived late at Moab, UT, and only had a chance to go to the Visitor Center to get some information from the park rangers before they close for the day.  … Continue reading Arches National Park – In Pictures

Petrified Forest National Park – In Pictures

What’s so special about dead woods?, I said to myself. They’re just woods, broken in pieces, preserved in time. Until I’ve touched them … Dumbfounded, I blurted… These ain’t just woods! Date established:  December 8, 1906 as a National Monument.  December 9, 1962 as a National Park.   Date of visit:  December 16, 2018. The scenic road on the park is 28 miles from the northern entrance, Painted Desert, to the southern entrance, Rainbow Museum.  It was leisure driving at its best.  It would have been nice to have a top-down and let the breeze flow as you drive on this … Continue reading Petrified Forest National Park – In Pictures

Canyonlands National Park – In Pictures

Wilderness… an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain. The Wilderness Act, PL 88-577, section 2(c), 1964 Date established:  September 12, 1964   Date of visit:  December 12, 2018. I spent just a day visiting the Canyonlands National Park.  I was really tired at this point to do some serious hiking.  Plus, the weather was gloomy, and the ranger at the Visitor Center mentioned of a chance of snow in the afternoon.  I just did the scenic drive on the Island in the Sky … Continue reading Canyonlands National Park – In Pictures

Capitol Reef National Park – In Pictures

If you want solitude, go to a place where the landscape is sculpted by wind, water, and time. Date established: December 18, 1971   Date of visit: December 9-10, 2018 I was alone on the trail, trying to get to Cassidy Arch to hopefully get some of the loot he had accumulated and hidden over the years.  Boy, did I get lost…  I saw the marker, but I just went past it.  And I kept walking… and walking…  aimlessly.  Until I realized I was just walking for quite some time.  And I was getting hungry… Not good.  This was supposedly … Continue reading Capitol Reef National Park – In Pictures

Bryce Canyon National Park – In Pictures

Hike the hoodoos. But be warned, for they are playful. Be a kid, for they will make you see things when you enter their world. Date established: February 25, 1928   Date of visit:  December 7-9, 2018 Day 1.  Arrival.  Wintry scenic drive. It was cold and snowing when I arrived at Bryce Canyon National Park.  There was nothing to see at the park’s main viewpoints because of snow.  The scenic road to Rainbow Point was closed.  The ranger at the Visitor Center said that the road might be opened when the weather clears up a little.  I waited a … Continue reading Bryce Canyon National Park – In Pictures