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  • Writers on the Range: There's such a thing as trail etiquette

    Marjorie Woodruff, Writers on the Range|Sep 13, 2023

    The uppermost switchback on the Bright Angel Trail in Grand Canyon National Park is eight feet wide. Yet the last time I hiked out, I was stymied by a group of young hikers walking down shoulder to shoulder, tapping on their phones. Even when I said, "Ahem, excuse me," I was unceremoniously nudged out of the way - not on the cliff side, but still. It shouldn't need mentioning, but while walking on a rocky trail where one may fall to one's death, it is best not to be watching one's phone. And in... Full story

  • Writers on the Range: Too many tourists follow a leader

    Marjorie Woodruff, Writers on the Range|Jul 26, 2023

    A spectacular picture recently appeared on social media of a young lady in Arizona. She was poised on the edge of a cliff emblazoned with sunset colors. Immediately her online followers clamored to know where the picture was taken, so "I can get one just like it." Turns out that it was taken on an off-trail route at the end of a potholed dirt road on the Navajo Nation, and required a permit to even enter the area. Also, I bet she did not climb to that precarious perch on that cliff wearing...