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In 1970 I hiked the Appalachian Trail through Great Smoky Mountains National Park with a college friend. The trail was filled with adventures that I look back on with nostalgia.

Canyonlands National Park’s Salt Creek Canyon was a quiet place during our four day backpacking trip. In fact, we didn’t see anyone for 2 1/2 days during the hike, making it the perfect wilderness experience. ┬áIt is a place suffused with remnants of the past, as well as spectacular slickrock formations and evidence of wildlife.

Report from a trip to Yosemite National Park, with photographs of the magnificent landscape and a mild critique of management of Yosemite Valley by the National Park Service.

After I finished my dogwood photography, I was putting away my gear and preparing to drive away when I looked into the forest again and saw an American Black Bear foraging in a forest opening about 100 yards away.