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  •  That hike up to Delicate Arch is a good argument (12+ / 0-)

    for staying in decent shape AND wearing proper footwear into the park.  Too many people don't consider that some attractions are not a stone's throw (across level ground) from their cars.  That slope & trail isn't meant for flipflops!

    On my one autumn visit, when I got up there, the wind was FIERCE.  Combined with the steep slopes, my vertigo triggered & I wasn't able to fully enjoy the experience.  Everyone was huddled & seated to stay out of the wind, making quick treks to the Arch for their photographs & then dashing back to & ducking down behind the little ridge by the trail.  Just one reason I'm looking forward to a return trip.

    Cheers to this latest, Rich!

    •  Sound advice. . . (11+ / 0-)

      Leftcandid, and that tour is one of two on special tap in tomorrow's sequel (hiking in Arches). Oh yes, I forgot. . .the wind can blow mightily, at times, and I know springtime can launch a person, nearly. Certainly, scores of hats are let loose and never to be found. Not wanting to top your remarks about proper hiking (i.e., foot ware, apparel, and so on), I once saw a rather bedraggled hiker on his way back from the arch. .. with only bare feet! That was strange enough, but also coming upon a stark-naked Sweedish fellow. . .well, what could I say about that since he at least had a decent hat and boots! You do and will sometimes find some rather colorful folks a-hiking. As always, thanks for the comments and if it helps. . .I hope the promo for the Denver meet-up gets results.

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      by richholtzin on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 12:11:49 PM PST

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      •  hikers (7+ / 0-)

        I was hiking the Na Pali coast of Kauai decades ago and came across a nude hiker - but at least he was wisely wearing hiking boots and had a backpack.  

        Started on a tour of Oregon Caves once and shortly into the cave there was a spot where people could bail if they had changed their mind.  One woman did - she decided she wouldn't be able to continue because she was wearing high heels.

        And then there was the time I passed a hiker in Sequoia Natl Park who was there with his macaw.  

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        by Scioto on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 03:26:39 PM PST

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