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Hello and welcome to my hiking and traveling site, Take A Hike.  My name is Justin and I love to travel and hike to see new places.  I live in Raleigh, North Carolina, so most of the pages I've created are dedicated to that region.  I made this website to share my adventures with the world through photographs and custom maps of the locations I've visited.  I originally developed this site as a single, central location to keep all of my maps, photos, and information I've collected in my travels.  Now, I hope to share my passion for the outdoors and all things nature and hope some of this information can help others.

Many of the pages are in varying levels of completeness.  This is due to my busy schedule with work as well as spending most of my free time hiking and being outdoors, leaving little time to work on this site.  But as I find some time here and there, I will continue to update and improve the site.  All of the maps and information are as accurate as possible, but sometimes GPS devices make errors and trail routes can change.  I've included links to the official websites for all the destinations so I would encourage any user of my site to check with the official website to ensure no changes have been made.

To navigate the site, click the Locations tab above to bring up a master list of all the locations that I have created pages for.  Or read some of the blog entries from some of my most recent adventures.

  • Milburnie Dam Removal The City of Raleigh is removing the old Milburnie Dam on Neuse River, so I figured I'd head over and get a couple pictures before it's gone.  I headed to Buffaloe Road Athletic Park to pick up the Neuse River Trail, part of the Capital Area Greenway.  Although November is more than half over, there is still a lot fall color along the trail.It was about 3 miles or so to where a footbridge leads over the river just past the dam.  Although it's Saturday, there were doing construction work to remove the dam today.I crossed the river and went down to the sandy beach in front of the dam for some pictures.The original ...
    Posted Nov 18, 2017, 2:59 PM by Justin P
  • Las Vegas Strip Saturday, we were heading home, but our flight wasn't until later in the evening.  We had a really good, but expensive breakfast at Avenue Cafe in MGM Grand and then got our stuff all packed up and checked out.  The hotel was nice enough to hold our luggage so we could spend the day walking around Vegas.  We first headed south a little ways to get some pictures of the sphinx at Luxor.  Sandy wanted to get a souvenir glass from Excalibur with daiquiris.  Then we started heading north along the strip, stopping to check out the casinos.  Sandy played slots for a little while and we checked out the stores at the Forum at Caesars Palace.  We went ...
    Posted Nov 12, 2017, 4:37 PM by Justin P
  • Red Rock Canyon Friday morning, we had breakfast at the hotel and checked out.  We drove back towards Las Vegas and went to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.  After paying admission, we stopped at the visitor center.  We walked around the outdoor viewpoints - the views of the canyon and colorful rocks were beautiful.  I was hoping to see the park's most famous resident - Mohave Max, a desert tortoise, but he has gone underground for the winter.  I spoke with a ranger and she suggested we hike the White Rocks Loop Trail after making a couple scenic stops.  So we continued on the one-way scenic drive around the canyon.  We first stopped at Calico I with nice views of the colorful ...
    Posted Nov 12, 2017, 4:22 PM by Justin P
  • Angels Landing Thursday,  we had breakfast and headed back to Zion National Park.  We were planning to hike to Angels Landing and this is one of the most popular hikes in the park, so we wanted to get an early start.  We parked at the visitor center and took the shuttle to stop #6, the Grotto.  Crossing the street and the river on a footbridge, we turned right to hike West Rim Trail.  The trail starts out gradual with nice views of the Virgin River and Angels Landing towering above.  The trail began to get steeper and switchback up the mountain.  Finally, as we approached Angels landing, the trail turned into a small gorge and leveled off a bit.  There was some ...
    Posted Nov 12, 2017, 4:04 PM by Justin P
  • Zion Extreme Canyoneering Wednesday was our big canyoneering day.  We had a quick breakfast at the hotel right when it opened and then headed to Zion Adventure Company to meet up with Bill.  He had packed all our gear so after parking, we took off.  Driving west past Springdale and Rockville, we turned right on Kolob Terrace Road.  The road headed steeply up the Kolob Plateau, passing a couple trailheads for the park.  After a while, we turned on a private gravel road and drove to the company's remote cabin.  Here we suited up and got our gear together.  A steep and narrow path led down to the canyon.  About half-way down, we stopped at a practice wall.  Here we practiced ...
    Posted Nov 11, 2017, 5:05 PM by Justin P
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