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In my youth, I thought Natural Bridges National Monument was boring. No long hiking trails, just three bridges in a small canyon. Now that I'm older and have the photo bug, it's become one of my favorite spots in Utah's Canyon Country. The bridges are fairly accessible, and the trails have character. And, the bridges are spectacular.
The Monument is near Blanding, Utah, in a somewhat remote location just south of the new Bears Ears Monument. To me its remoteness is part of its charm, few tourists and a better chance of getting a spot in the small campground.
The three bridges, Sipapu, Kachina, and Owachomo, are reached from the Monument's Scenic Drive, and while the hiking trails are steep, they are short, about a half-mile average. A trail in the canyon bottom allows one to walk from one to the other without coming back up, but it is a 10 mile loop to visit all three in one hike.
The first, Sipapu, is the biggest in height, and in my opinion has the most interesting trail.
The next one is Kachina, the youngest and broadest. The hike down to this one is also a trip, with ladders to climb and interesting stone work. There is also an old native ruin nearby if you look around near the base of the bridge.
Owachomo is the oldest and thinnest, a ribbon of rock, and is by far the easiest to access. Just a short hike gets you under its thin span. This ease of access makes it my favorite to visit after dark.
If you're planning on visiting the Utah desert country, consider making a trip to Natural Bridges. Here's a link to the Monuments web site:
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I had the good fortune to visit Ireland for the second time in the Fall of 2016. As on my first trip, the weather was fine, and my host and tour guide, the lovely Tess Hughes, took me to many of Ireland's treasures.
One of our favorite spots, Coole Park, is only a short drive from Galway City in County Galway. Here Lady Gregory and WB Yeats wove a romantic history among the forest trails. Although the house no longer stands, you can still appreciate the environment that drew so many here. You will experience the natural world that Yeats captured in his poetry.
Another beautiful area is around Killarney National Park in County Kerry
In the National Park is Muckross House. This nineteenth century Victorian mansion is set against the stunning beauty of Killarney National Park. Muckross House was built for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife, the water-colourist Mary Balfour Herbert. William Burn, the well-known Scottish architect, was responsible for its design. Building commenced in 1839 and was completed in 1843.
A lovely site is the village of Adare, a designated Heritage Town, one of the prettiest and friendliest villages in Ireland. It was founded in the 13th Century on the river Maigue. http://www.adarevillage.com/
Far to the north is County Sligo, Yeats country, and home to Glencar Waterfall
For the photographs from my 2012 visit, click here: http://www.nostalgiawest.com/p788250708
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Bob Fergeson, mystic, author/essayist, naturalist, photographer, has now turned his creative hand to fiction; integrating his repertoire of tradecrafts into this one-of-a-kind novel about true spiritual transformation.
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Knowing of what he speaks, this book carries the stamp of authenticity. There have been countless books and blogs written about the subject, but only a few using the novel as a medium. And even fewer that deal with it so directly and concretely. This books relies on none of the general platitudes and palliatives of popular new age style renderings.
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