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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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Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness Area

The Bisti (pronounced bis-tie) is one of our go-to places for day hikes in the spring or late fall. (It gets really hot out there in the summer!) This high desert wilderness contains unique rock formations, huge petrified logs and … Continue reading

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White Sands National Park

White Sands National Park in southern New Mexico is a unique place. Established as White Sands National Monument in 1933, we were not sure that it should have been re-designated as a National Park in 2019. It surprised us and … Continue reading

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Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley National Park protects the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. As such, it is truly an urban park. A patchwork of natural areas, villages and small farms, it’s often really difficult to tell whether you are actually … 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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Hiking in the Four Corners – Summer 2020

In this, the “year of the pandemic”, Tom and I have been getting our exercise and recharging our attitudes, while social distancing, by hiking. Early in the year, we were arch hunting here in northwestern New Mexico. This summer, since … Continue reading

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Congaree National Park

In our quest to visit all 61 National Parks, Congaree National Park in South Carolina became our 54th National Park. “Congaree Swamp” is a large floodplain swamp on both sides of the Congaree River, in the heart of which is … 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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Saguaro National Park

We visited Saguaro National Park in southern Arizona years ago before we embarked on our quest to visit all the U.S. National Parks. We happened there when the desert was in bloom and it was incredibly beautiful. With that in … Continue reading

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Fall in the San Juans

Crisp invigorating air, mountains with a bit of first snow up high, aspens with their vivid display of color all herald the end of summer and approaching winter. Fall has its own character. It’s refreshing after the heat of summer … Continue reading

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