I had heard and read about the southwestern US, but it was nothing compared to actually stepping into this truly breathtaking landscape.  Having hiked primarily in other countries, my home province of Ontario, and the eastern US along parts of the Appalachians -- the landscape that I've had the good fortune to experience and see in states such as Colorado, Arizona, and Utah -- completely disrupts the idea one has or might contemplate as beautiful natural landscape.  These are just some of the hikes I've had the opportunity to experience: