Okay, before we make enemies (more than we already did with our article taking a massive sh*t on the Blue Lagoon), let me start off by saying that if you already did the Inca Trail or are thinking of doing the Inca Trail, we still think you're a total badass. From what we've heard and read, the Inca Trail is ridiculously challenging, unbelievably beautiful, and full of Inca history. What's not to love?
For me, however, I went to South America without much of an itinerary. I also forgot my giant briefcase of bottomless cash, so the Salkantay Trek was a much more practical choice given my circumstances.
People have been flocking to Colorado since the 1800s. And while some may think green chili and legal weed are what put the state on the map, we actually have gold to thank for getting us rocky mountain high. But even some of the most thriving mining towns from the glory days were faced with abandonment. Whether it was from railroad route changes or rural depopulation, Colorado is now home to over 1,500 ghost towns. FIFTEEN-HUNDRED, y'all. And lucky enough for us, Vindicator Valley Trail puts us right in the action of Colorado's mining history.
Why don't people talk about HVNP the way they talk about Yosemite? Or Yellowstone? In our opinion, it might be even better, and here are some photos to prove it.
This is stop numero uno: Linville Falls, and it's a beaut. The "Plunge Basin" trail almost did my high spirits in, but it was worth it. You know that feeling you get when you go on an easy hike (Linville Gorge Trail) through what might as well be flowers and Egyptian cotton pillows and you think to yourself, "God, I'm so made for this stuff!?"