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Mojave East (Mar 2020)

Leaving home for adventure was a little different this time. Looking back now, as we headed south out of the Seattle area, we were leaving behind what would turn out to be one of the early epicenters of the Covid-19 outbreak, just before more info on the severity would come to light and large-scale cancellations and closures would become part of our world's lives. This was a trip like no other - and not for the normal reasons.

Join us as we head south to spectacular hikes in the red rocks of St. George Utah. Follow along as we make a run for the North Rim of the Grand Canyon before heading west into Nevada to explore Gold Butte National Monument and the Fire Wave at Valley of Fire State Park. And don't miss our exploration of the Bittersprings Backcountry Byway as we push deep into the Muddy Mountains.

Hikes, petroglyphs, and hidden tinajas - this was a trip we'll remember for a long time.

 

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