Category Archives: History

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park was our 61st of the 63 National Parks. Whenever we told anyone who had been there that we were going, they always said Acadia was magnificent. They were right. Acadia is beautiful and we thoroughly enjoyed it. … Continue reading

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Devils Tower National Monument

Devils Tower, America’s first National Monument, was established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 – ten years before there was a National Park Service.  Devils Tower in northeastern Wyoming is hard to describe. The first word that comes to mind … Continue reading

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Pea Ridge National Military Park

Pea Ridge National Military Park is a 4,300 acre Civil War battlefield that preserves the site of the March 1862 battle and is one of the most intact battlefields in the United States. Even though located in Arkansas, the battle … Continue reading

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Capulin Volcano National Monument

Capulin Volcano National Monument in northeastern New Mexico is significant in a variety of ways. This monument has several stories wrapped around it: geological, archaeological, and historical. Our visit was during the pandemic and the Visitor Center was not open … Continue reading

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Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

In real estate, the mantra is always “location, location, location” and this also holds true for Civil War battles. In 1863, President Lincoln believed that taking Chattanooga was as important as taking Richmond. Why? Because it lay on the banks … Continue reading

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Shiloh National Military Park

We visited Shiloh National Military Park in Mississippi and Tennessee in September. The Battle of Shiloh and the siege of Corinth were important engagements early in the Civil War. “If defeated here we lose the Mississippi Valley, and probably our … Continue reading

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Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

In November, we went to St. Louis to add Gateway Arch National Park to our list of national parks we have visited. While there we also went to the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site. The day we were there … Continue reading

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Gateway Arch National Park

We decided to visit our 55th National Park (in our quest to visit all 61 -now 62) in November. After all, at 91 acres with no backcountry, hiking or outdoor activities, it doesn’t really matter if it’s November and cold … Continue reading

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Grand Canyon National Park -the “Big Reveal”

We’ve been to the Grand Canyon a number of times but this spring we took two grandkids who had not been there before. Of course in describing the Grand Canyon, it is always “no matter how many pictures you’ve seen … Continue reading

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Mesa Verde National Park

We’ve been to Mesa Verde National Park a number of times but this was the first time in the winter. We very nearly had the park to ourselves, the sun was shining brightly and there was only a slight wind … Continue reading

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