We are doing a quite aggressive road trip in September and are including several parks (badlands, yellowstone, grand teton, capitol reef, bryce, zion, page, momunent valley, moab parks and black canyon). I have done a lot of research and have a few questions that I have not seen addressed yet...
1. We would like to get some binnoculars to enhance the viewing capabilities of some of the places. The problem is, I know NOTHING about binnoculars and have no idea what to look for. I would like to an inexpensive pair that would meet our needs for this trip, but not a huge investment. Any suggestions on the power? or other 'characteristics'?
2. I keep seeing in every recommendation that people should drink a gallon of water p/p a day, especially if you are hiking or it is hot. but...this IS the wilderness...what are the bathroom situations like in say the national parks and on trails? How about on all the scenic roads we are taking like hwy. 12, moki dugway, and all the smaller, scenic routes in route to our bigger destinations (we plan on taking the scenic roads going from point A to point B as opposed to the 'fastest way'.) Should I pack TP in my backpack?
3. Lastly (for now)... I am very into photographing everything I see, and am especially eager to capture wildlife (I understand the precautions and will respect the rules and have a telephoto lens!), but am wondering about the crawly 'critters'. Although I HATE them, I would love the opportunity to photograph one if I see them (at a distance!). I was just wondering how often these guys are actually seen. I am specifically referring to rattle snakes, tarantulas and gila monsters. I know this is their habitate, but have never read about anyone seeing them. Have any of you encountered them (without going hunting for them!) and if so, in what areas. We plan on doing some of the shorter hikes in each of the park, but also plan on getting up early each morning and entering parks for sunrise.
thanks ;)Edited: 29 July 2013, 21:12