Live…But Not Vicariously

Relaxing In A Tree

We took a couple months off of writing articles for Asheboro Magazine to take care of various other things. But we’re back and just had our new article Live…But Not Vicariously published in Issue 35. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments below!

The danger of living vicariously through others, whether they’re people you know or people you don’t know, is that you get to enjoy the good times while brushing off the bad times. You get to pretend you’re part of the team. You get to win the championship without really suffering the agonizing crush of defeat.
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What did you want out of life when you were 15? At 25? 35? Did you do the incredible things you dreamed you’d do? Why not? What happened along the way?

Live…But Not Vicariously is on page 42 of Issue 35 of Asheboro Magazine

Bryce Canyon National Park

In the span of just a few days, we hit some of the most fabulous scenery we’ve ever seen at The Grand Canyon and Zion National Park. Neither prepared us for what was ahead at Bryce Canyon National Park though.

Sorry, Grand Canyon, you may be bigger and more well-known, but Bryce Canyon gets our vote for Most Awesome Canyon. Walking up to the lip of Bryce Canyon is like peering into another world. We almost thought little green men were going to come out of one of the crevices to greet us.

The canyon is filled top to bottom with bright orange and yellow spires (hoodoos). Vegetation is sparse, but the occasional tree springs right out of rock, it seems. And the bluest of blue skies is overhead. This felt like an other-worldly land for sure.

Due to being just this side of the middle of nowhere, Bryce Canyon receives just under 1/2 as many visitors as Zion National Park and only 1/3 of what the Grand Canyon sees. The 1.2 million per year that do make the trek though are treated to a phenomenal landscape.

Recreation

Hiking

The main thing to do at Bryce Canyon is to hike down into the canyon on 1 of 11 trails. We took the Queens Garden and Navajo trails into and out of the canyon, and then we walked Knox along the Rim Trail (the only trail where …

The Country Schooling Of A City Dog

The Best Looking 160K Member

Well, folks, the moment you’ve all been waiting for is here. The last two months, you’ve been forced to read articles by Mommy and Scott. First, Mommy told you about her road experience in her article Renewing My Faith. Then Scott told you about The Stories Around Me.

Those were decent travel accounts, I suppose, but I know that you’ve all been waiting for me to put paws to paper, so to speak, and tell you about the experiences I had, friends I made, and lessons I learned over 40,000 miles of travel.

Prior to November 2011, I thought I was one tough dog. I was the dominant dog in my group of canine friends. I chased birds, squirrels and chipmunks, who all scurried away in fear. I growled at strangers and they crossed the street to avoid my terrifying presence. And then my humans decided to drag me along on their road trip.

To say I was ill-prepared for the world beyond my mid-size Southern city is an understatement. I was a mere pup by comparison to my hardened country brethren.

Read the rest of the article in this month’s issue of Asheboro Magazine and use the comments below to let me know what you think of my writing prowess and, of course, the pictures that show what a good-looking pup I am!

Zion National Park

Having driven over 40,000 miles through 35-40 states and 3 Canadian provinces, it’s hard to pick out “the prettiest place we’ve seen”. There are two places that we find ourselves talking about consistently though: Alaska and Utah. We’ve told you about Alaska plenty of times before, so we’ll get to Utah now.

After our trip to the Grand Canyon to hike Bright Angel, we headed north to Zion National Park for our first real experience of Utah. We had no idea of how phenomenal the entire Utah landscape is, not just in Zion, but throughout the state’s National Parks.

A Brief History Of Zion

The main feature of Zion National Park is Zion Canyon, a 15-mile long gorge cut up to a half-mile deep through the sandstone by the Virgin River. For those of us from the east, the river is more like a wide creek, but out west, this is a bona fide river.

The park is home to numerous climate zones, flora, and fauna.

Numerous plant species as well as 289 species of birds, 75 mammals (including 19 species of bat), and 32 reptiles inhabit the park’s four life zones: desert, riparian, woodland, and coniferous forest. Zion National Park includes mountains, canyons, buttes, mesas, monoliths, rivers, slot canyons, and natural arches.

People have inhabited the region for around 8,000 years, first as hunter-gatherers, then eventually as Anasazi, Paiute, and Ute settlements. European descendants began …

Hiking The Grand Canyon’s Bright Angel Trail

Back in March 2012, we stopped by the Grand Canyon on our way to southwest Colorado. We didn’t have time to hike below the rim that day. Instead, we just went to an overlook and saw the Canyon with a dusting of snow. But we knew we’d be coming back to venture down, down, down.

After leaving San Diego in September, we headed straight for the Grand Canyon for a couple nights of camping and a day hike of the Bright Angel Trail. There’s no better way to marvel at this giant crack in the ground than to walk down into it.

Hike Info

Nearest City/Town: Flagstaff, AZ
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 6 miles
Elevation: ~1900 ft
Time: 3-5 hours

Bright Angel Trail Hike

There are two trails leading into the Grand Canyon from the South Rim: The South Kaibab trail and the Bright Angel trail. Since we could park and walk to Bright Angel, we decided to go for that one. We hit the trailhead around 8am, after dropping Knox off at the kennel for boarding.

We decided to hike in 3-4 miles and turn back based on time and how we were feeling. We armed ourselves with our Camelbaks and a couple of bananas and started down the trail. Even in late September, the sun climbs high in the sky and gets hot fast. The air temperature was probably only 75 at the rim, but inside the …

Happy Holidays!

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Just a quick post today to wish a very happy holidays to all of our readers. We hope you get to spend time with your loved ones – both the two-legged and the four-legged ones!

The Stories Around Me

Bryce Canyon National Park

Last month, Asheboro Magazine published Edie’s article, Renewing My Faith, about her experiences and lessons learned from our time on the road.

This month, it’s Scott’s turn to talk about his experience on the road with his article The Stories Around Me.

Time and again, when people ask me about the trip, I end up telling stories about the people we met. Of course, I tell them how beautiful Alaska is, the unbelievable landscape of Utah, and what an epic drive the west coast of the United States is, but talk always quickly turns to tales of the people I met and the other cultures I learned about right here within our own borders.

Read the rest of the article in this month’s issue of Asheboro Magazine and let us know what you think in the comments below!

Mather Campground (Grand Canyon)

Desert camping was high on our list of things to do while on our big adventure. We camped in the mountains and along the ocean numerous times, in forests and wide open grasslands with few trees in sight, so adding the desert to the list of experiences was a necessity.

Of course, we had more desert camping planned in Joshua Tree National Park, but we decided that relaxing in San Diego for a little longer was a better idea, so we didn’t make it there. It gives us something to do later in life.

Location

Mather Campground is one of two campgrounds on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Desert View is the other South Rim campground and the third NPS campground is North Rim Campground at the North Rim. As far as external amenities, the Grand Canyon as a whole is in the middle of nowhere. Flagstaff is the closest city of any size and that’s a 1.5-hour drive.

Let’s get real though, you don’t come to the Grand Canyon to spend time in a city. You come to see one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. And Mather Campground is perfect for that. From the campground, you’re a 5-minute drive to the Grand Canyon Village and the Bright Angel trail head. This campground really positions …

Renewing My Faith

Last month, we published an article about our travels in Asheboro Magazine called Living The Dream. We’re now writing a monthly article for them and decided that for the next three months, we’ll write about what each of us learned and how we grew on our big adventure.

This month was Edie’s turn to talk about her experience on the road with her article Renewing My Faith.

As a child and teenager, I spent a good portion of my time volunteering. Each December I helped the Red Cross throw a holiday party for children whose homes had been destroyed by fires. I was a candy striper at two local hospitals. I volunteered at a nearby nursing home’s wing for HIV and AIDS patients. I spent my time surrounded by other volunteers, both adults and youths, who wanted to help their fellow men and who asked nothing in return.

And then, I grew up. I became a corporate transactional attorney with a large regional law firm. More often than not, I watched concern for profit trump concern for others.

Read the rest of the article in this month’s issue of Asheboro Magazine and let us know what you think in the comments below!

Dogs Along the Way

[Note: Another break for the two-legged members of the 160K family while Knox takes over blogging duties!]

Hello again, my faithful fans! I apologize for my long delay between posts, but typing with paws is quite difficult, and I don’t always feel up to the challenge. However, I have delayed long enough and finally bring you the post I know you have been craving.

Scott and Mommy did a post fairly early in our journey about the friends and family we were able to visit along the way. Unfortunately, they weren’t very thorough, and they eventually quit taking pictures during those visits to update the gallery they initially started. I, of course, am smarter than that. I decided to wait until the end of our big trip to write my post about the dogs I met along the way so that I could give a full report with plenty of photos.

As you will see, we encountered A LOT of dogs during our travels. Some were nice, some were not, and some were just plain crazy.

Female Farm Doggies

The lady dogs that I played with before our trip were pretty easygoing and viewed me as the alpha dog that I so clearly am. I assumed that all other dogs, especially female ones, would recognize my status and submit accordingly. …