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392.   Petroglyph National Monument, NM

Petroglyph National Monument stretches almost twenty miles along Albuquerque, New Mexico. It protects one of the largest petroglyph sites in the U.S. I only had time to hike one trail—Rinconada Canyon, which offers 300 petroglyphs. Here are samples of the large collection there.

386. Las Vegas (7): Gold Butte NM—Little Finland

Gold Butte is a National Monument located in the northeast of Las Vegas. It protects 300,000 acres of desert landscapes. President Obama designated the area as a National Monument in December 2016.

I heard about this area years ago before it became a NM. In fact, I’ve tried to hike in the area but gave up since there was no sign, no trail, nobody around to ask information.

Even now, it is still a remote area. Libby and I drove as far as we could in her Prius and had to park by the side of the road to hike about four miles (one way) to Little Finland.

I’ve seen pictures of Little Finland online, and I was eager to see it with my own eyes. I’m glad we were so determined to explore the area. It turned out to be as fabulous as I imagined. There are petroglyphs and intriguing rock formations. We spent a long day and still didn’t want to leave.

This concludes my Las Vegas trip.  

 

 

374. Birds in Sedona

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I had never thought Arizona is a good place for bird-watch until I lived in Sedona. There are a lot of birds in the area; some are very pretty. I’ve seen quite a few even in my backyard.

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(Blue Bird?)

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(Dove)

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(Northern Flicker)

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(Quail)

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(Summer Tanager?)

 

 

372. Day Trip to Grand Canyon

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Honestly speaking, Grand Canyon isn’t my favorite NP. I’ve visited several times and posted it before (#246). However, since it was a “free National Park day”, Libby and I decided to take the advantage. It was a beautiful day. We hiked along the rim for six hours, and this time, I had my own pictures to show. 🙂

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(If you look closely, you will find ravens in the background)

368. Encounter of a Moose

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I didn’t take any picture of Steamboat until the last day. The sunset was lovely. And to add icing to the cake, we saw a moose not far away from us. Libby was very emotional. She was afraid of moose from the horrible story she had heard. But this moose was very calm and he didn’t seem threatening at all. The brief encounter unexpectedly helped her to overcome her fear. Wildlife tend to leave us alone, if we leave them alone. Most accidences happened when human beings intentionally provoked them.

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367. Rocky Mountain National Park

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I’ve been to Rocky Mountain many times. If fact, the very first National Park I’ve ever visited is Rocky Mountain. Although it is not the top NP on my list, it is still special to me.

The park is only two hours away from Steamboat, so we took a day trip. The day started hazy. It became worse and worse. We had drizzle, rain, and hail. Still, we kept going. It was loud thunder that finally sent us running back. The rain was so cold that both of us were shivering. Nevertheless, our spirits were high, especially when we were fleeing from a not-so-happy deer. 🙂

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366. Fish Creek Falls

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Just minutes from downtown Steamboat, wilderness comes to life with a splash at Fish Creek Falls. Clear and fresh alpine water roars down the canyon, spilling over the 280-ft falls which can be seen with a short walk.

We took the longer hike to the Upper Fish Creek Falls and continued to a large meadow deep in the Routt National Forest. Colorful leaves and the tail end of wildflowers dotted along the trail. I kept wondering how brilliant it must be when all the flowers were in full bloom.

PS. The sign says it is 5 miles to Long Lake. We hiked more than 5 miles and we were told by several locals that the sign isn’t right. It is another hour to the lake so we decided to turn back.

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