Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Canoeing Utah's Green River through Canyonlands National Park

In 2006 and again in 2008, I canoed 116 miles down the Green River to the Confluence with the Colorado River, where a jet boat took us up the Colorado River back to Moab, Utah. Much of the trip was in the majestic scenery of Canyonlands National Park, and numerous side hikes were to see Anasazi ruins and other remnants from past hearty inhabitants of this high desert terrain.

 The video highlights the scenic beauty of the river, side hikes to various sights of interest, camp life, critters we saw, and the journey back up the Colorado River, whisked along at 25 mph on the jet boat.
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hiking Glacial Park in McHenry County (Illinois)

With over 8 miles of trails in the park, all can find interesting natural features to discover and explore.  No biking is allowed.  Check out this brief video as an introduction to this diverse area...

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Florida Wildlife Video

One of my passions is the outdoors, and couple to that a love of photography and the result is tons of photos, and more recently, video footage.  So combining these two loves logically results in the following video, comprised of photos and video of 51 species of birds and beasts (all identified by name) that I've photographed on trips to Florida over 7 of the last 9 winters, mostly taken while hiking, biking, paddling, and camping in natural areas. Participation in various Sierra Cub Outings and Road Scholar/Elderhostel programs also contributed to these photos. Included are many birds but also many gators, monkeys, snakes, owls, hawks, armadillos, turtles, tortoises, fox, manatee, crabs, and even the famous Florida Reckneckis.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Acadia National Park Hiking, Biking, and Kayaking

This 2005 Elderhostel/Road Scholar program featured 2 kayak trips on Frenchman Bay, 2 hikes in Acadia NP, and 2 bike rides, one of which was on the carriage roads. A walking tour of Bar Harbor and alecture on "lobstering" were also wonderful activities, all of which are shown in this video.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Cape Cod Volunteer Trail Project -- A Sierra Club Service Outing

While on Cape Cod in 2005, I participated in a trail project at Cape Cod National Seashore with other Sierra Club volunteers.  We re-built stairways up and down a hill and across its top in the National Seashore on the tip of Cape Cod near Provincetown.  And each day as we drove back to our base camp, we went on tours of Provincetown, Truro Winery, Wellfleet Wildlife Refuge (Audubon Society), an 1880s whaling captain's mansion, the Life Saving Museum (predecessor to the US Coast Guard), and a ranger-guided tour of the salt marshes.  Here's a video of the week's activities...