Category Archives: Parks

Sunken Gardens – Lincoln, Nebraska

When in Lincoln, Nebraska, a visit to the Sunken Gardens is always a pleasure. Although there are trees, shrubs and perennial beds, the Sunken Gardens is primarily an annual garden.  In spring the tulips are magnificent but the “big show” … Continue reading

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

There’s a reason they are called the Great Smoky Mountains. The Cherokee described these mountains as shaconage, meaning “blue, like smoke.” During the time we were there we were often enveloped in the fog typical of this area, sometimes so … Continue reading

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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

When we decided to visit Harpers Ferry, we immediately thought John Brown and that was basically all. Our American history class in high school taught about John Brown and, depending on your viewpoint, his actions made him out as either a lunatic … Continue reading

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Haleakalā National Park

  Sunrise above the clouds near the summit of Haleakalā was an absolutely amazing experience. When we first planned the trip to visit Haleakalā National Park on the island of Maui we were somewhat skeptical about the value of getting … Continue reading

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Chaco Culture National Historical Park

  The mention of Anasazi ruins brings to mind cliff dwellings and a “lost” civilization. No longer called Anasazi but rather Ancestral Puebloans, these people left massive ruins on the floor of Chaco Canyon which are mind-boggling. Many questions are … Continue reading

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Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix

In January, Tom and I traveled to the Phoenix, Arizona, area to visit family. Snow on the Mogollan Rim made it feel as if we had made a wrong turn somewhere and inadvertently headed north instead of south but as we dropped into … Continue reading

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Ponca State Park, Nebraska

  Ponca State Park is located in northeastern Nebraska on the Missouri River. It encompasses nearly 1400 acres of rugged heavily forested hills and Missouri River bottomland. The park has a wonderful new education center, visitor center and museum, as … Continue reading

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