Red Rock Canyon

“[…] There are some really beautiful rock formations along the 13 mile loop, but most are brown/white and only about 5% are actually red rocks […] The day [we] went the winds were at 70 MPH, so we had a very difficult time getting out of the vehicle safely. If you’re planning to hike or take a lot of photos definitely check the wind speeds, as they make it virtually impossible to get out of the car.”

-Bridgette M.

By Superfish [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Garden of the Gods

“This is literally nothing but a pile of rocks. Unlike the beach, which is a different experience every time you attend and contains a countless amount of adventures to be had, these pebbles don’t change. They don’t change during the seasons, they don’t change during weather conditions, yet on every repeat visit it always manages to feel like that feeling of disappointment that there’s less to experience this trip than the one before, despite having nothing noteworthy on the original trip to begin with […]

Even the offensively pompous title of this place sucks! If this place is truly a land of  “Gods”, then a walk-through of this area will convert you to atheism faster than reading a book by Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchens.

Yeah, it’s “free”, but so is drinking your own urine, doesn’t mean its worth doing.”

-Justin S.

By David Shankbone (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Sea Lion Caves

“[…] There are a lot of bugs in the caves, and they kind of smell like sea lion poop. Most of the sea lions were outside today, while only 6 sea lions were in the cave itself. Given the entrance price of $14.00, that works out to $2.33 per sea lion. The lions are big and fun and sleepy; maybe I was meant to be a sea lion in another life.

We went outside to find the rest of the sea lions, which meant we had yet another long hike ahead of us. Ugh. We finally got to the viewpoint and saw close to 100 sea lions sunning themselves down on the rocks. The problem is, they’re over 200 feet away from the viewpoint. There were a few seals down there, too. The seals were the only animals actually moving around, while the sea lions were pretty comatose. From a distance, they look like big armless bears. […]

-Jared K., Yelp

By Art Bromage from Seattle (Sea Lion Cave) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons