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Horseshoe Bend in a Snowstorm

While I was in northern Arizona earlier in the week a rare snowstorm came through the area and dumped a decent amount of snow on the ground. It made for some fun hiking. One thing I realized while it was snowing was that I didn’t recall ever seeing a photo of Horseshoe Bend covered in snow. I headed over there during the snowstorm and made this image. I think it’s pretty unique!

Horseshoe Bend Snowstorm by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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High Heel Arch Partial Collapse

After visiting Coyote Buttes North a few days ago, Diane and I hiked up to High Heel Arch (aka Flame Arch and Overlooked Arch) before ending our day back at the trailhead. I had never been here before, but when I first spotted the arch it appeared that there had been a recent collapse (based on the pile of rocks below it) and it did not look how I remembered seeing photos of it. When I got back to town I looked up some previous photos of the arch and sure enough it had partially collapsed. Looking at the before and after photos you can see that it has lost a lot of rock. I wonder how much time it has left?

This is a photo I took of the arch after the collapse.

High Heel Arch by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Here is a photo from before provided by

High Heel Arch

Here’s a closer took at the top portion of the arch so you can see what’s left holding it up.

What's Left

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Personal Micro-Blog

Some of you that have been following my adventures for a while probably know that I used to have my blog over at, which I abandoned almost two years ago. That blog consisted of anything I felt like blogging about, including my trip reports. When I switched over to ADVENTR.CO my main objective was to focus on just the trip reports which were the most popular posts on my blog. I think it has worked out well, but recently I have wanted to share some posts that aren’t trip reports and that I don’t feel would necessarily fit in with the rest of the site. I contemplated starting another blog for these posts, but really don’t want another blog to maintain for an occasional post. I have recently figured out a way to add this little micro-blog to the site that allows me to post unrelated posts that will only show up in the sidebar and not with the rest of the trip reports. I think it’s a good solution to this problem and am going to give it a try.

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Favorite Albums of 2014

Since I really started getting back into newer music this year I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite albums that came out in 2014. These are in no particular order…


Nothing More // Nothing More


The Amity Affliction // Let The Ocean Take Me


The Family Ruin // Dearly Departed


Of Mice & Men // Restoring Force


Beartooth // Disgusting


Blacklite District // Worldwide Controversy


Starset // Transmissions


Islander // Violence & Destruction


Like Monroe // Things We Think But Never Speak


Famous Last Words // Council Of The Dead


Crown The Empire // The Resistance: Rise Of The Runaways


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