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  • Travel Apps for Your Next Trip - My Itchy Travel Feet
    Oceania North America North Pacific South America South Atlantic South Pacific Boomer Travel Gear Newsletter Contact Us Return to Content Boomer Travel Gear Hiking Gear Travel Apps for Your Next Trip Travel Apps for Your Next Trip 3 99 Buy Now on Amazon com Categories Cruise gear Hiking Gear Road Trip Gear Travel Books Travel Electronic gear Travel Photography Gear Tag travel books Description Product Description The Internet has certainly made travel planning easier There s so much information at our fingertips With the birth of travel apps we can now research on mobile devices no matter where we are in the world From finding the best seat on the plane to keeping up with travel arrangements there s an app for that Covering travel research planning USA destinations road trips European travel cruising hiking travel health and photography Travel Apps for Your Next Trip will take you there Related Products Waterproof Gaiters 45 61 Buy now on Amazon com Mens hiking pants 90 00 Buy now at Amazon Womens Raincoat 133 97 Buy now on Amazon com Road Trip USA 14 99 Buy now at Amazon com Scratch Those Itchy Travel Feet Boomer travelers rely on our email newsletter

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  • Visit Canyonlands National Park for aventure in Utah
    our group ventured into the national park for sunrise and sunset shots At Island in the Sky the most accessible portion of Canyonlands we spent an early morning at Mesa Arch capturing the iconic shot of the arch glowing orange from the rising sun then moved on to explore the Green River Overlook Returning to Islands in the Sky for a sunset shoot we stopped at various overlooks before reaching the end of the road at Grand View Point where we hiked the rim trail before setting up camera tripods to catch what little sunset drama could be captured on a cloudy day Sunset at Needles Overlook Another afternoon we drove 50 miles to the Needles Overlook to hike the trail that provided views of the Needles Section From our vantage point we looked out onto land that once comprised a ranch larger than the state of Rhode Island Dirt tracks criss crossed the undulating canyons and rocky buttes beckoning us to come explore on another day Next time we go exploring in Canyonlands National Park we ll book a float trip on the Green River or take one of the rugged four wheel drive roads near Island in the Sky Alan already has one mapped out But of course he really dreams of the Maze District where exploring requires long rides on rocky rugged four wheel drive trails and nights spent camping out under the stars Since Moab is located near Canyonlands and Arches National Park baby boomers can see both parks in the same trip Allow several days because exploring the area requires miles of driving But the hiking rafting mountain biking and 4 wheel driving is worth it Have you been to Canyonlands National Park Join the conversation at the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook

    Original URL path: http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2009/04/16/discovering-canyonlands-national-park/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Tips for a Canyonlands National Park Photography Tour
    of the Sky Road to the Green River Overlook If you re photographing much of the morning s good light will have turned to the glaring sun of a high desert day But spend some time walking the path along the edge of the sandstone cliff that overlooks the buttes and mesas of a vast landscape It will humble you Petroglyph in Moab Utah Retracing our drive just before we reach Moab let s take a short detour west on Utah Scenic Byway 279 I know you re hungry but this experience is worth it After about five miles pull over on the cliff side of the road be careful of highway traffic Look up Do you see the petroglyphs located about 25 to 30 feet up the wall They re from the Formative Period the time of the Anasazi and Freemont peoples And what s that figure on the wall a few feet back up the road Oh that s a rock climber they make good photo opps too Colorado River Before driving away be sure to admire the red rock landscape reflection in the Colorado River Don t be fooled by the peaceful looking water there s whitewater rafting a few miles away On our next visit let s include a rafting adventure Wilson Arch Day One the afternoon belongs to Needles After satisfying your raving hunger and a well deserved rest let s drive to the Needles district of Canyolands for a sunset photo shoot 75 miles total We ll be driving south on U S Highway 101 Build in enough time to stop at Wilson Arch 24 miles south of Moab The entrada sandstone arch spans 91 feet and is 46 feet high Needles Overlook Don t spend too long at Wilson Arch you still have miles to go before the sunset I hope you watched your mileage because around 40 miles south of Moab you ll be turning west onto Utah Highway 211 for the 35 mile drive to the Needles Overlook From the fenced edge you ll view mesa and canyons on land that once comprised a ranch larger than the state of Rhode Island Remember to stay until dark because the best sunset photos come at the end of the sunset as long as you brought along a tripod for stability After retracing your steps back to Moab there s just enough time for a a beer and burger before hitting the sack The view through the trees from Islands in the Sky Day Two catch a sunset at Islands in the Sky Did you sleep in today This photographer s schedule is hard work but who wants to waste hours sleeping when there s more to be explored I recommend spending your morning at Arches National Park to visit a few of the 2 000 sandstone arches While you re there hike to Landscape Arch a moderate two mile walk from the Devils Garden trailhead Later in the afternoon drive back to

    Original URL path: http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2012/04/17/canyonlands-national-park-photography-tour/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Tips for viewing the arches of Arches National Park
    in early October when a few yellow wildflowers added interest to the high desert scene Skyline Arch front view The front side of Skyline Arch is approached from the Devil s Garden Campground If you arrive early enough in the morning the smell of bacon frying will be a tempting distraction Turret Arch No this isn t a touched up photo You ll capture the orange glow of sunrise by arriving before the sun at Turret Arch in the Windows section of Arches National Park North Window At North Window the sun casts its glow on rock formations You ll be joined by other photographers intent on catching the same scene The only sound will be the click click click of camera shutters When you re finished photographing active baby boomers will want to take the one mile loop that winds between North Window Turret Arch and South Window Landscape Arch From the Devil s Garden trailhead it s a 2 mile round trip walk on a paved trail to Landscape Arch At 306 ft it s the park s longest arch and the second longest sandstone arch in the world Hardy hikers will want to continue on the 7 mile primitive loop trail to see Private Arch Partition Arch Navajo Arch Wall Arch and Double O Arch Alan and I visited Arches National Park for the first time while participating in an explosure36 photo tour with Jim Altengarten One of the benefits of taking a photo workshop is learning where to be and when to arrive to capture the best shot At Arches it s just like peeking through nature s window Have we convinced you to visit Arches National Park Moab Utah is the closest town Start your hotel search with us Of course Arches National Park is

    Original URL path: http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2011/03/16/photo-essay-arches-national-park-utah/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Visit Natural Bridges National Monument
    that s off the beaten path Water crossing on Butler Ridge Road Of course Alan and I never arrive the easy way We chose to cut across the Colorado Plateau on Butler Wash Road a dirt track that parallels Comb Ridge between Highway 163 out of Bluff and Highway 95 The area is filled with Anasazi ruins if you know where to look Exploring in more detail is on our boomer to do list for another trip Sipapu Bridge is named after a Hopi phrase that means place of emergence The scenic loop drive at Natural Bridges National Monument takes about an hour but you ll want to include time for exploring each of the three bridges so plan to spend a least half a day A steep trail winds down the canyon to the first bridge Sipapu My fear of heights kicked in when I learned that climbing down ladders was part of the journey so Alan and I enjoyed the view from the overlook The Owachomo Bridge is a Hopi phrase meaning rock mound It was the same story at the next bridge Kachina But by the third bridge Owachomo I found the trail manageable so Alan and I took the path that delivered us directly underneath the bridge Nature s in charge of the sculpture at Natural Bridges Monument Although you might not have heard about Natural Bridges Theodore Roosevelt named the area as a national monument in 1908 after National Geographic Magazine wrote about the land bridges in a 1904 article On March 6 2007 International Dark Sky Association named Natural Bridges Monument as the first International Dark Sky Park It s known for the river of light that s created when the Milky Way rises over Owachomo Bridge For an interesting drive back to Bluff

    Original URL path: http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2014/04/03/natural-bridges-national-monument/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Tips for Hiking to Lower Calf Creek Falls near Escalante, Utah
    skin cancer by slathering on waterproof sunscreen A waterproof variety also minimizes water contamination protecting the fragile aquatic ecosystem just in case we go swimming at the falls We re also carrying plenty of water and a small snack to enjoy once reaching Lower Calf Creek Falls After visiting the restroom facilities there are none on the trail we pick up a trail guide and deposit the small day use fee in a metal box near the campground I grab my hiking poles and we re ready to go The red rock and lush creek bottom make a striking contrast The six mile round trip Lower Calf Creek Falls trail alternates between undulating slickrock and lush creek bottom as the journey with only minor elevation gains travels in and out of the canyon floor The trail brochure designates the hike as moderately strenuous due to the thick sand on many portions of the trail but we findd it to be easily doable for most boomer hikers Pick up a trail brochure at the trailhead to follow the numbered viewpoints for a more informative hike Lower Calf Creek Trail Highlights The entire Lower Calf Creek Trail is a pleasant scenic hike but some features are worth stopping for a closer look If you peer closely at the canyon ledges across the canyon from Stop 5 you ll find several granaries built by the Fremont Culture AD 700 to AD 1300 Look up to see desert varnish on the canyon walls or down to see trout in Calf Creek At Stop 7 pause to view the dramatic vertical striping visible on walls on the far side of the canyon Known as desert varnish the stripes are actually caused by living microbes that oxidize iron and manganese found in clay minerals The manganese rich black stripes are the result of humid conditions while orange stripes indicate arid conditions with low manganese content You ll see Freemont style petroglyphs at Stop 8 although Alan and I wish we had brought a pair of binoculars because we cannot find the drawings on the canyon wall Painted with red pigment the three large trapezoidal shape figures are located on the smooth wall near the bottom of the canyon across the canyon from the trail Wildflowers on the trail As the trail winds beside Calf Creek look for trout or the evidence of busy beavers Alan and I stop several times to photograph spring wildflowers or listen to bird calls Birdwatchers will find an abundance of birds including hummingbirds ravens robins peregrine falcons and spotted towhees According to the trail brochure wildlife watchers should look for lizards mule deer ground squirrels coyote porcupine and mountain lion But all was quiet on the wildlife front during our hike It was tempting to sit here all day The premier reason for all of this effort and the prize at the end of the trail is located at Stop 14 Here Lower Calf Creek Falls tumbles 126 ft down the

    Original URL path: http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2015/06/17/hiking-to-lower-calf-creek-falls/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Boomer Travel Tips for Capitol Reef National Park
    on its eastern flank and you have the makings for some interesting baby boomer explorations While the park may be busy you ll avoid the crush of visitors and tour buses that choke the more popular parks on either side The Waterpocket Fold is the geological formation the park encompasses This massive wrinkle in the earth s crust formed eons ago when the North American mountains were rising Centuries of erosion have worn the huge cliffs to solid sandstone revealing the layers and ribbons of color characteristic of the geology throughout the region Early native people called this place Land of the Sleeping Rainbow Gifford Homestead A paved and narrow ten mile scenic drive boomer travel tip don t take your big motor home takes you past part of the formation Gravel roads most requiring 4 wheel drive allow exploration into the backcountry You also have a good choice of hiking trails of various lengths and levels of difficulty Don t miss the short hike to Hickman Bridge a natural formation and a pleasant walk Grand Wash Trail is also a must see This is an easy hike through a large wash where canyon walls come together at the Narrows rising a thousand feet overhead Don t however try this hike as I did with thunderstorms approaching As I neared the Narrows dark clouds billowed overhead and a clap of thunder sent me scuttling back to my car visions of flash floods dancing in my brain An hour later safely in my trailer rain and hail poured down I was glad Id beaten a coward s retreat The campground is set along the Fremont River in the middle of the Fruita Valley This pastoral scene is juxtaposed against the massive cliffs that literally begin at the fence line The historic Gifford Homestead where the Gifford family lived and worked their small farm until 1969 is next to the campground Horses are still pastured in the field and the orchards apples peaches apricots cherries are still maintained Visitors are invited to harvest whatever they can eat when the fruit is in season The store in the restored Gifford House sells homemade pastries boomer travel tip don t miss the pies preserves and handicrafts some of which are made by park employees during slow winter months Factory Butte Badlands If camping isn t your style or for a sweet day trip take the 15 mile drive west into Torrey There will often be more diners in the Cafè Diablo voted the best rattlesnake cakes in Utah than there are residents in this tiny picturesque town You can restock or spend the night at Austin s Chuckwagon Motel and General Store which has a surprising selection of groceries as well as a good deli and bakery The drive east from Capitol Reef to Arches National Park is an otherworldly experience whether you head north toward Interstate 70 or make the large loop south on 95 which I didn t do and wish I

    Original URL path: http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2011/07/07/capitol-reef-boomer-travel-tips/ (2016-04-26)
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  • South African Safari, a Trip of a Lifetime
    adventure with a bit of relaxation along the way Our luxury South African safari was the trip of a lifetime Accommodations included Ivory Lodge at Lion Sands and Madikwe Private Game Lodge And then there were those couple of days relaxing at Birkenhead House in Hermanus on the coast Read our safari planning tips first hand luxury lodging reviews and wildlife photos to get you started on the road to your own South African safari Tips for Planning a Safari Unlike some trips where you might be able to travel spontaneously a safari takes quite a bit of strategic planning In order to really take advantage of your time organization is key To read more about how to plan for your South African safari click on Tips for Planning a Safari Luxury Lodging in South Africa South Africa is famous for it s natural splendor combined with luxury lodging options At Ivory Lodge Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge and Birkenhead House we experienced some of the top luxury accommodations in the world To read our first hand reviews click on Luxury Lodging in South Africa Wildlife Sightings in South Africa It s not a trip to any part of Africa

    Original URL path: http://myitchytravelfeet.com/south-african-safari/ (2016-04-26)
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