I was a Hawaii resistor. The kind who said, “I’m not a lie-on-the-beach person. It’s not at the top of my list.” Then one winter I accompanied my daughter’s gymnastics team to an invitational meet on the island of Oahu. Well, on that trip I discovered my truth about Hawaii. I was a fan! In […]
Sometimes you want to go deep—take the time and make the effort to get to know one inscrutable place. This trip is that. You settle into a comfortable, out-of-the-way lodge with fabulous food then head out every day on phenomenal guided hikes in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. This was the last part of the Lower 48 to be mapped, and it can still feel like terra incognita. Not only is there not a staircase (the name refers to a stepped series of rock plateaus that stretch from Grand Canyon to Bryce Canyon), there’s not even an official monument entrance. Local guides are key to exploring GSENM, and yours are local and they’re the best.