Sounds like Bluefish had it spot on! It looks beautiful, someday I want to return when I have more time to do a longer trip in the canyon. Going down into the canyon made me appreciate it so much more than seeing it from the rim for some reason.
Yep, right again! I tried to make it a little bit tougher by only putting up a photo with some of the canyon, but it seems that wasn't too successful. That photo was this new years; Zion is absolutely beautiful in the winter.
Scratch, that was easy, the chain gave it away. I imagine that was a phenomenal time to go! This hallowed chunk of rock that's in the reflection is in the Sierra again. I went to the area to look at the effects of climate change, having been there 30 years previous.
Clues: Think about what geological feature is most effected by climate change. That lake color is not photoshopped it broke the pump on my old trusty Katadyn Pro . This rock is on the trail to one of these southernmost in the US features.
Actually, I probably shouldn't have answered that because I'm leaving for a trip tomorrow morning way too early, so even if I'm right, I don't have time to claim my prize. Not backpacking, but going to the Ozarks for a high school reunion and to see some family. I'll still get in a camping trip on the Buffalo River though.
Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
Definitely not a tribble! Obviously the very western state is Hawaii. I haven't been there, just pictures, but perhaps Haleakala on Maui, where I understand this plant grows in the crater (which is where image #2 seems to be). ???
Edit, later: On second look, those things that look like round rocks in image #1 are actually this spectacular non-tribble-like plant!
Edited by OregonMouse (06/17/1611:10 PM)
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view--E. Abbey
I'm pleased to laud the team effort and OM for bringing home the gol...er...silver. Haleakala it is. Probably the most intense sun I've ever encountered, and vaguely Marslike (or so I imagine). Somewhere I have a shot with Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea poking above the clouds from the Big Island, so that was a solid guess.
Apparently they once ran cattle in the crater and that's how the silver sword became endangered. They're making a comeback via replanting and conservation efforts.