Gear Review: Canon PowerShot SX160 IS Camera

Black model and red model of the Canon PowerShot SX160

Black model and red model of the Canon PowerShot SX160

I own a Canon PowerShot SX150.  It’s a great camera; I mean, really, really great if you’re looking for a point and shoot that takes fabulous pictures.  (You can read my review of the Canon 150 here.)  But two of my group members have the next model up, the Canon PowerShot SX160.  I got to use their cameras several times recently, and I get to share their pictures, so I’d like to do a review on the Canon PowerShot SX160 vs. the Canon PowerShot SX150.

 

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Quick Stats on the Canon PowerShot 160:

16 megapixals (150 is 14.1 megapixals)

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A Visit to Franklin Court

Printing press demonstration at Franklin Court, Independence National Historic Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Printing press demonstration at Franklin Court

There were three things we really wanted to visit on our day trip to Philadelphia, PA: The US Mint, the Liberty Bell, and Franklin Court (mostly to see the printing press exhibit / demonstration).  In fact, that was the order of importance, as well.  Still, I’d sold the printing press so well that even when we got done with the Liberty Bell about the time we’d wanted to start thinking about leaving the city, we still headed down Chestnut Street to Franklin Court.

 

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Dayhiking White Rock – Northwest Slopes

Meadows while descending the northern ridge of White Rock toward the northwest slopes, Wind River Range, Wyoming

Meadows while descending the northern ridge of White Rock toward the northwest slopes

I’d read about climbing White Rock, high above the Green River Lakes in the Wind Rivers of Wyoming, on SummitPost.com.  From the descriptions, it sounded easiest to take the Northeast Slopes approach, climbing through meadows to the summit.  Well, that didn’t work out so well, the route being so steep and so tangled with avalanche debris that it took us hours to walk the 3 or so miles up the mountainside.  I detailed that in another post, along with my suggested “easiest” route to the top.  But because of the difficulty of our climb, no one was anxious to go back down that same way.  From SummitPost, I knew there was a way to climb the northwest slopes, and from the top it looked simple…if we could just get through the trees.

 

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The Green River Lakes from near the summit of White Rock, Wind River Lakes, Wyoming

The Green River Lakes from near the summit of White Rock

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Dayhiking White Rock – Northeast Slopes

The Green River Lakes from White Rock, Wind River Range, Wyoming

The Green River Lakes from White Rock

I’d read on SummitPost.com about White Rock high above the Green River Lakes in the Wind Rivers of Wyoming.  Ever since seeing the pictures from the top, I knew I wanted to do that specific hike.  It sounded easy enough, even if there wasn’t technically a trail to the top: take the Slide Lake Trail up to the meadows, then bushwack for a short distance and follow the “steep but stable” meadows all the way to the top.  It wasn’t more than 11 or 12 miles RT.

 

Or so the description said.

 

Reality said otherwise.

 

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The summit block of White Rock (L) and Squaretop (Middle), Wind River Range, Wyoming

The summit block of White Rock (L) and Squaretop (Middle)

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Dayhiking Slide Creek Falls above Green River Lakes

Near the top of Slide Creek Falls, Wind River Range, Wyoming

Near the top of Slide Creek Falls

Well, I may not be much into hiking long distances to waterfalls, but when it comes to doing it, it might as well be a waterfall worth visiting.  And better yet, the view along the trail should be worth looking at.  Such is the trail to Slide Creek Falls above the Green River Lakes in the Wind River Range of Wyoming.  The waterfall is something else again; I’ve never seen anything else like it that wasn’t man made (and this is most definitely natural).  As for the views along the way, well, they’re totally breathtaking!

 

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Looking back down on the Green River and Squaretop Mountain from the lower reaches of the Clear Creek Canyon Trail, Wind River Range, Wyoming

Looking back down on the Green River and Squaretop Mountain from the lower reaches of the Clear Creek Canyon Trail

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The Best of Anne’s Travels in 2015

The most popular pages on Anne's Travels in 2015. Picture is from above Big Sandy Lake in the Wind River Range of Wyoming.

The most popular pages on Anne’s Travels in 2015. Picture is from above Big Sandy Lake in the Wind River Range of Wyoming.

So it’s the end of 2015, and it’s time to do the second annual best-of-Anne’s-Travels!  Last year, I simply posted the most popular posts of the year, but if I did that again, it would be nigh unto identical, with posts like The Best (and Worst) Hikes in Big Bend, Ditto for Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, DIY Bug Screens, and DIY Neck Pillows coming out on top.  So this year, it’s the most popular posts in 2015 posted in the last 18 months (just to make it fair to all the posts in the latter half of the year).  Enjoy!

 

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The Lakeside Trail around the Green River Lakes

Views from the lakeshore of Lower Green River Lake near the Lakeside Trail, Wind River Range, Wyoming

Views from the lakeshore

We arrived at the Green River Lakes a bit late to take a hike.  Yet I really wanted to do a circuit around the Lower Green River Lake.  Squaretop, so I’d seen in the pictures, was so magnificent.  And the trail would be flat, more or less, and only 6.5 miles RT, making it an ideal dayhike in the Wind Rivers.  After all, we’d been cooped up in the van all day…

 

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Views from the Lakeside Trail, Green River Lakes, Wind River Range, Wyoming

These are about the best views you’ll see from the Lakeside Trail itself. So I recommend you walk along the lakeshore at first to get the best views over the lake and toward Squaretop.

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Visiting the Liberty Bell Center in Philadelphia

The uncracked side of the Liberty Bell. The pictures were better from that side because of the building's terrible lighting. Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The uncracked side of the Liberty Bell. The pictures were better from that side because of the building’s terrible lighting

A visit to the historic area of Philadelphia, PA just wouldn’t be complete without seeing the Liberty Bell (at least once in your life, anyway).  So even though the one person in our group who’d seen it said it wasn’t particularly worth seeing, we decided to breeze through the Liberty Bell Center any way on our way from the US Mint (0.2 miles away) over to Franklin Court (post coming soon!)  Besides, it would (and did) make great Christmas card pictures!

 

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A modern artist's impressions of the house that once stood on the site of the Liberty Bell Center, Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A modern artist’s impressions of the house that once stood on the site of the Liberty Bell Center

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5 Easy Camping Meals Made on a Backpacking Stove

5 easy camping meals that can be made on a backpacking stove

5 easy camping meals that can be made on a backpacking stove

I don’t backpack, but I do have a backpacking stove.  Somehow, they’re just easier to use than the big two-burner stoves, easier to store, easier in general.  So we travel with two small backpacking stoves (currently we use Coleman Guide Series® Compact Dual Fuel Stove
because that was the absolute best-of-the-best (except for weight) when we first started camping, and since it worked, it didn’t make sense to change…but now that the price has more than doubled in the past couple years, we’re also using the  Coleman Bottle Top Propane Stove).  (You can find my reviews on these two stoves here (Dual Fuel Stove) and here (Propane Stove).)  So this post is generally what we cook when we’re traveling… using one or two single-burner stoves!

 

 

5 Easy Camping Meals that can be made on a backpacking stove

Not quite classic macaroni and cheese

Not quite classic macaroni and cheese

Not-quite-classic M&C

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Medicine Bow Aircraft Arrow – So Photogenic!

The beacon tower and generator shed at the Medicine Bow Aircraft Arrow (out of sight), Medicine Bow, Wyoming

The beacon tower and generator shed at the Medicine Bow Aircraft Arrow (out of sight)

A couple weeks ago, I mentioned I’d soon post about a much more exciting aircraft arrow than the one on Pilot Hill.  Well, I got sort of carried away with fall posts, but here’s the rest of the story – the Medicine Bow Aircraft Arrow, which is exciting because it still has the beacon tower, beacon, and generation station!  Oh, and did I mention it was simply terrifically photogenic?

 

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So what were the aircraft arrows used for?

 

The concrete arrow at the Medicine Bow Airport, Wyoming

The concrete arrow

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