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Ouimet Canyon, Ontario

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Situated about an hour outside the city of Thunder Bay on the Lake Superior’s north shore is a natural wonder you’d never suspect was there if you didn’t know about it.  This is where you’ll find Ouimet Canyon, one of Ontario’s many Provincial Park.   

You’ll need to do a short 1 km hike to get to the canyon from the parking lot.  The trail is partially smooth dirt, partially a boardwalk and overall is accessible to all.  It’s important to stay on the trails because the canyon is hidden by dense forest and you wouldn’t want to accidently step into the gorge.  The walk is easy and lovely and takes you to two viewing platforms from which you get panoramic …

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Colorado National Monument

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While many of the units of the US National Park system are frequently visited and very busy, there are also a few less crowded places.  Colorado National Monument (known to locals as “The Monument”) falls into the latter category.  Situated just south of the city of Grand Junction in western Colorado,  it’s part of the high desert lands of the Colorado plateau.  The Monument is know for its colorful sheer canyons and unusual rock formations, carved by wind and water from the red rock sandstone so characteristic of Utah and western Colorado.  The Monument is not large by American Park standards, just 32 square miles (20,500 acre), but there’s a lot of great scenery packed in.  Besides the red rock, …

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“Pic of the Week”. June 13, 2014: Shoshone Falls, Idaho

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Known as the “Niagara Falls of the west”,  Shoshone Falls is a lovely cascade situated in the desert just east of Twin Falls, Idaho.   The falls are 212 feet (65m) tall and about 900 feet (275 m) wide.  At this point the Snake River drops in a series of steps and the result, as you can see, is beautiful!  A bonus is the brilliant rainbow you’ll be guaranteed to see in the mist on a sunny day.

Stroll along the edge of the Snake River Gorge and you’ll find a natural arch.  If you look downriver you’ll see where legendary stunt-devil, Evil Knievel, attemped his jump across the Canyon.  The Snake River Canyon and Shoshone Falls are natural treasures that are …

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