The roads and trails around Silver Star Scenic Area are part of Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Southwest Washington. Hiking trails that lead up to the summit of Silver Star Mountain begin from the north on National Forest Road 4109 (which is reportedly best in high clearance 4WD vehicles) or from the south on State […]
Topographic maps are complicated to say the least. They have a lot going on with different colors, lines, and labels all over the place. The land survey information is a good example. While most topo map users aren’t reading the township, range, and section information, it is still on the maps. Another example is that […]
Marineland of the Pacific was an aquatic amusement park (known as an oceanarium) located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles County. This park was one of the first to show off the talents of orcas, pilot whales, and dolphins for entertainment, something that SeaWorld has taken to another level. Marineland opened in 1954 […]
Tunnel Slot Canyon is located in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and is usually visited with Zebra Slot Canyon as they are close together and accessible from the same trail. The trailhead is located on the Hole in the Rock Road (BLM 200 Rd).
California is dealing with one of the worst environmental disasters the state has ever seen. Depending on when this huge natural gas leak is finally stopped, it could be one of the worst the world has seen. It started on October 23, 2015 and has been leaking for over two months already. Experts are saying […]
News outlets including CNN are reporting that an armed group is in a standoff with federal agents in a building on the grounds of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in rural southeast Oregon. The authorities plan to wait the group out and are hopeful for a peaceful end to the situation. It started as a demonstration […]
NASA is reporting that the end is near for the Larson B Ice Shelf in Antarctica. A huge portion of it fell off in 2002 and its glacial retreat has continued to accelerate since then. Below is a most recent satellite image of the shelf. As you can see compared to the image above this […]
This is the new Kaimu Black Sand Beach near Pahoa in the Puna District of the Big Island of Hawaii. The old Kaimu Beach Park was covered by lava in a long flow from 1986 to 1992. The new beach doesn’t have much sand, but at low tide you can access the shore below the […]