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DEC. 3, 2013

The Wildness of the West

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Lucas Newton, Hante Coordinator

Winter has settled into these lovely hills of Appalachia – the rhododendron leaves shrivel in the morning cold, mist rises from the lake where the water temperature is warmer than the air, and the deciduous trees are barren. I believe winter is a nice time to slow down and appreciate the uniqueness of Appalachia.

I recently returned from a Thanksgiving trip to Colorado for Thanksgiving during which I got in my fair share of nature nurturing time in Rocky Mountain National Park and Cottonwood Canyon State Park. The vastness of the West, with limited roads, large tracts of prairie lands, and the purple haze of the Rocky Mountains backdrop are ideal for uninhibited wilderness experience, rarely found on the heavily populated east coast. The West offers slot canyons, mule deer, elk, frozen lakes, pure white covered mountains, and wide open bliss.

This summer Hante Adventures will be returning to the Western wildness for our biannual voyage to the John Muir Trail in California. Here we will be backpacking approximately 75 miles on this vast trail, as well as rock climbing in one of the world’s most picturesque landscapes, the Yosemite Valley. We’re looking forward to exploring the vast landscape of the West.