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Wildflower Hike in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado

  July in the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado is prime time for wildflowers in the higher elevations. The most spectacular array of wildflowers we encountered this year occurred along the Pass Trail to Engineer Mountain. This trail starts … Continue reading

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Fort Union National Monument, New Mexico

Fort Union sits in ruins on the plains of eastern New Mexico and has a story to tell. The adobe ruins that are visible from quite a distance are the third iteration of Fort Union. Located strategically on the Santa … Continue reading

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Virgin Islands National Park

A Caribbean island paradise in winter sounds like the perfect place to be and our trip to Virgin Islands National Park did not disappoint. High green hills, turquoise water, white sand beaches and ruins that evoke an era of sugar … Continue reading

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Dry Tortugas National Park

For our 48th national park out of the 59, we visited Dry Tortugas National Park in February. In the Gulf of Mexico, about 70 miles west of Key West, Florida, a bird and marine life sanctuary, the park includes seven … Continue reading

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Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park in south Florida is very different from any of the other national parks we have visited. Established in 1947, at 1,507,850 acres Everglades is the third largest national park in the Lower 48. Although most U.S. national … Continue reading

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National Parks Travels

An update on our bucket list goal of visiting all 59 U.S. National Parks — we have now visited 49 of them! List of National Parks * We’ve been there + Yet to visit +Acadia National Park, Maine +American Samoa … Continue reading

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Fort Smith National Historic Site

On our trip from Hot Springs National Park, we made a very slight detour to visit Fort Smith National Historic Site. From the little information I had found earlier, I thought it would be a very brief stop with perhaps … Continue reading

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