Monday, November 16, 2009

Outdoor Destination Wish List: 2010

The Outdoor places I want to visit, hike, see or just experience by the end of 2010. No particular order ~

(This post has been edited with follow-up notations)

· Yosemite NP: Half Dome and Glacier Point (Sentinel Dome)
It is here I want to once again feel a waterfall push the air across the Mist Trail before dawn. The ache in my legs and lungs brushed aside as I contemplate the power not seen; only heard as we climb ever higher.
(Didn't make it to Yosemite in 2010. Aiming now for 2011.)

· Zion NP: Walk the full length of The Narrows
At this point, I think I’ve walked all of the trails in the canyon, even a portion of the Narrows but only near the Temple of Shinawava. It is upstream I wish to see and bare witness to the beauty wrought over millennia. Those who have touched the canyon walls there are few indeed.
(Done and in spectacular fashion.)

· Valley of Fire, NV: Check it out from top to bottom
A new place to explore, perhaps with friends who live in the Vegas area. It looks absolutely fabulous from the photos.
(Moved to 2011 list.)

· Joshua Tree NP: It's all good
The closest NP to home, it is truly a special place in terms of beauty and personal history.
(Visited twice, enjoyed greatly.)

· Portland, OR: Gorge and/or Mt. Hood treks
The main draw is the extended family living there now. But to see so much green at every turn is a treat in itself.
(Done and listed again for 2011, 2012, 2013, etc.)

· Superstition Mtns, AZ: "The Wave"
Not so easy to find, almost a hidden slot canyon that is unlike any place on earth. I’ve only seen photos of the rocks as well as how to get there. Still, it might be a challenge to actually see it in cool weather.
(Very real possibility for 2011.)

· Prescott, AZ: Peavine Trail
I want to share this sweet walk with my sweetheart. For an “urban” trail, it gets NO better from a visual perspective.

· Saguaro NP, AZ:
Rather short trails, I think…but beautiful in so many ways. I want this for my birthday.
(Maybe 2011...not sure if this can fit into the current travel schedule.)

· Hidden Springs and The Grottos, Mecca Hills
Want to hike this as a backpack trip with my sis and my brother. We enjoyed this unique place as youngsters where it took hold of my imagination and never let go. I found some recent photos of it and the thrill of it all came rushing back.
(Visited twice in 2010. Very nice, indeed.)

· Anza Borrego Desert, CA:
I’ve only been a couple of times and enjoyed it…but I know there is much more to appreciate out there.
(Moved to Spring, 2011.)

· Daley Ranch – Entire Loop
I walked the entire thing solo this year. It took all day but I want to do it again, only a bit faster and with less pain the next day.
(Done and visited several times in 2010.)

More to come, I am sure.


Donita Curioso said...

Hi, Terry! I love your posts on FB. I'm just admiring the crap out of you.

I've been to some of your proposed destinations. On one trip to Texas we stopped at Saguaro Natl Park. It was spring and there had been an unusual amount of rain. Lucky us! The cacti were blooming everywhere. I've been through the desert (on a horse with no name) many times but it was always in the summer. I had never seen it looking so lush! And the flowers were everywhere. So my suggestion is, if you're going to go to Saguaro NP, go in the spring.

We camped in the campground. Man, it was like being in the middle of a coyote glee club at night. Kinda scary but very cool.

Zion is my favorite of the Grand Staircase parks. I love Portland. And that's my 2 cents.

T2 said...

Thanks, Donni.
Many of the places on this first draft list are repeats from previous years, Zion being one of them.

Saguaro NP is a must-do this coming year. There are places and things there I want to see with my own eyes.

I've also got some artsy projects finally brewing in my peabrain...just need to make the time to create them.

I think I will edit this list've got me thinking about stuff.

Love you, miss you.