Mesa on the Snow

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 11, 2017 4:55 pm

The western end of Kenna Cartwright Park has some of our favorite trails.   We usually access the trails from Hillisde Drive past the Kamloops Regional Correctional Center at a gate heading north through the grasslands and sagebrush.   We follow the pipeline route up over the shoulder, then we pick a loop.   On this da …


Goblin Valley

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 9, 2017 8:55 am

Goblin Valley State Park lies in the desert hills of Utah between Green River and Capitol Reef National Park.   Highway 70 is a major route connecting Colorado (the pass through the Rockies from Denver) and the highways on the western side of Utah, but it passes through no cities and only a few towns in the desert hills and mountains. …


Panorama Trail

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 7, 2017 4:45 pm

There are few kilometers of rolling trails on the benchlands overlooking the Thompson River.   They are all accessed from the trailhead on Bunker Road, just in behind the recycling containers.   The primary trail is the Sage Trail, but there are a number of other signed trails too and hikers can make their own choices for 3 …


Aztec Butte

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 4, 2017 4:49 pm

There are 4 Districts of Canyonlands National Park.   The most accessible is Island in the Sky, a 40 minute drive on good roads from Moab, Utah.   The drive climbs to the top of a large mesa which just out between Green River and the Colorado River.    There are a number of hikes along the Island in the Sky Parkwa …


The Cougars of Harper Lake

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 2, 2017 8:15 am

While paddling on Harper Lake, I spotted some movement at the remote west end of the lake.   As I approached closer I could see two cubs in the open as well as the longer/larger mother partially hidden in the forest.  Cougar cubs stay up to 2 years with their mother before they are driven off to fend for themselves.  These two w …


Comox Lake

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 29, 2017 8:48 am

We launched our kayaks in Comox Lake with the intention of paddling down the lake far enough to see the end of the glacier-fed lake, but strong winds came up so we ended up paddling a loop around the east end of the lake only. We parked adjacent to the campground and launched from the beach into the protected bay.     There is n …


Ospreys on Stake Lake

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 27, 2017 4:44 pm

On the west side of Stake Lake is an osprey nest at the top of a broken-top fir tree.   Eggs were laid by the mating pair  and then were incubated for about 40 days.   The chicks hatched then nested for 50 – 60 days this summer and each time I returned to kayak the lake, I checked their progress.   From my k …


How Self-Discipline Can Help You End Those Bad Habits

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 27, 2017 3:45 pm

How Self-Discipline Can Help You End Those Bad Habits Photo via Pixabay by Tacofleur Self-discipline may not seem like something that everyone has, but many people believe that everyone holds the power within them to change their lives for the better. The key is to work on it and challenge yourself every day so that your future self can benefit fro …


Grand View Point Trail

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 25, 2017 8:57 am

Island in the Sky is one of four Canyonlands National Park Districts and the easiest one to access from Moab and paved roads.   The route to the high mesa is to drive 16 km north of Moab, then 35 km southwest.   The road goes through the Park gate then continues on to the edge of the mesa.   At the southern end the Grand View Tr …


On Heffley Lake

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 23, 2017 4:57 pm

Heffley Lake is one of our finest lakes to paddle and it can be a busy spot in summer so we usually paddle there in spring or fall.   There is a good boat lunch on the east end suitable to cartop boats or kayaks, but the parking area is limited so it can be full on a weekend in summer.   On this fall day in late October there we …