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  1. AC

    Hey Anne! Are the hikes and slot canyons in Grand Staircase accessible via Page, AZ. Or do you have to drive west, north, and back around (about 4 hours) to access them? Thanks!

  2. Anne Post author

    Hi AC! Taking US-89 and Hwy 12 is the easiest route, and the only one I know of that is paved. A few years back my GPS brought us in from Page (actually, Big Water just over the state line) via the Smoky Mountain Road, which is shorter by far, but also dirt. You can read about that here: http://truckcamperadventure.com/2015/10/the-smoky-mountain-road-utah-scenic-backway/. However, instead of taking Road 300 (like in the link), we stayed right on Road 230 (see https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Big+Water,+UT+84741/Devils+Garden+Parking+Area,+Escalante,+UT/@37.3357168,-111.7824161,10z/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x8735189e4c768ad7:0xb7aa4b49e9e858d2!2m2!1d-111.6643335!2d37.0824856!1m5!1m1!1s0x8735c13b1f115255:0x3556c07e70f0b266!2m2!1d-111.4146886!2d37.5857093!5i1), which ended us up on the Hole in the Rock Road just south of Devil’s Garden (you’d have to drive south from Devil’s Garden on the Hole in the Rock Road to get to the Peek-a-Boo and Spooky Slot Canyons anyway). I’m not sure it was any faster than 89/12 (we probably spent 4-5 hours driving it) but it’s very beautiful if you have high clearance / 4×4. Our high clearance van did ok except for one wash where we had to get out, build the road, then push the van up out of the wash. So overall: if you want an adventure and have high clearance / 4×4, go for Smoky Mountain Road; otherwise, take 89/12 and zip up to Bryce Canyon on the way (it’s literally right on the way and absolutely stunning, even without walking any further than the rim!)

  3. Kay

    Are there any times you’d recommend not hiking in the North Cascades? Looking to avoid crowds and snow/ice.

  4. Anne Post author

    Hi Kay – If you want to avoid snow and ice, you’ll have to hike in August or September. For crowds, your best bet may be a weekday in September. Very popular trails like Cascade Pass and the Maple Pass Loop will probably have other visitors throughout the hikeable season. Hope that helps! ~Anne

  5. Mike

    Anne, I recently bought an expensive down sleeping bag that only has a zipper that goes about half way, if that. I’m wondering if you think it would be possible (or crazy) to try sewing on a full-length zipper. I figure this is a lot more complicated than the simple replacement because I’d have to actually cut the bag all the way down, sew it up real well so the down isn’t leaking out, and sew in the new zipper where there was none before.

  6. Anne Post author

    Hi Mike!

    If the seam doesn’t go the length of the bag, and you’ll literally be cutting the fabric, it will be an ambitious project. Decide if the bag is worth it to you to possibly make a mistake. However, if there is a seam all the way to the bottom, simply take out the seam, make sure the edges are still stitched so no feathers are leaking out, and then sew on the zipper. No seam is a different story. If I was to do it, I would carefully cut the fabric, then immediately turn under the edges and sew them closed. No more leaking feathers. Then you could install the longer zipper. Good luck!

    ~Anne

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