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Mysteries in Our National Parks Books

Mysteries in Our National Parks Books

I just saw these mysteries mentioned on one of my Facebook groups and I thought they looked great for young adult readers. Heck, I might read some of them! If you are going on a national park road trip or vacation with kids, it would be fun to get them a few of these. Here are some descriptions from Amazon: “In this fast-paced adventure, the Landons trail a wounded wolf in Yellowstone National Park. The park is abuzz with rumors…

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Top 10 National Park Hikes

Top 10 National Park Hikes

This is a list of my favorite national park hikes we have done. We have only visited 18 parks out of 59 so far, so I am sure these may change over time. Thanks to Adventures of a Day Hiker for the inspiration. For now here they are! 10. Bright Angel Trail-Grand Canyon National Park I am sure the Bright Angel Trail will move higher up on my list when we finally get to stay at Phantom Ranch on the…

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George Grant the First Chief Photographer of the National Park Service

George Grant the First Chief Photographer of the National Park Service

  After learning about National Parks Magazine, Craig and I got several issues from the library. The fall 2015 issue had an article about George Grant, the first chief photographer of the National Park Service. I had seen several of Grant’s photographs before, but now I know who took them. You may recognize this one of Superintendent Horace Albright taken in Yellowstone National Park. The article says that during Grant’s “quarter century as the national parks’ principal staff photographer, he crisscrossed…

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award

  Thank you Matthew from the The Adventures of a Day Hiker blog for nominating us for The Sunshine Blogger Award! It is an award exchanged among bloggers for those who are “are positive and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”. What a nice idea! Check out Matthew’s blog-the pictures and hike ideas are great. Rules of the Sunshine Blogger Award: Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog. Answer the eleven questions set by the…

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Quick Update 

Quick Update 

2016 was an amazing year! Craig and I got to visit 4 new national parks (Glacier, Everglades, Biscayne and Dry Tortugas) and revisit 2 of our favorites (Grand Teton and Yellowstone.) We also had a great camping weekend with friends in Acadia National Park and hiked a must do-the Precipice Trail. Our plans for full time RVing are a bit up in the air now with probable changes coming to the ACA. We will keep our eye on what happens…

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The Highline Trail

The Highline Trail

One of the most popular hikes in Glacier National Park is the Highline Trail. You access the trailhead from the Logan Pass Visitor Center area. The trail is 15.2 miles long and gains over 1,900 feet of elevation, so it is pretty strenuous if you hike the whole trail. If you want to shorten the hike, you can hike to Haystack Pass (3.6 miles) and back (about 7 miles round trip.) Near the first part of the trail you reach…

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Grinnell Glacier Hike

Grinnell Glacier Hike

If you visit Glacier National Park, the Grinnell Glacier hike is a must do! It is a moderately strenuous 11.6 mile round trip with over 1,800 feet of elevation gain. You can cut out 3.4 miles of the hike by taking two classic wood boats across Swiftcurrent Lake and Lake Josephene. Book them way ahead to get a spot. The hike opens fully towards the end of July. Otherwise, you may not be able to go all the way due…

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Summer Road Trip

Summer Road Trip

Hi everyone! We are heading towards the end of our summer road trip. Jackson, WY is next. We have been posting a lot of pictures on our Facebook page and Instagram feed, so check them out. Soon I will be posting more about walks, sights, hikes, the hotels and meals.  We have been having a blast and can not wait to do this full time. We want to walk and hike every day. Whenever we saw an Airstream in the…

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Death in Yellowstone (and Other National Parks)

Death in Yellowstone (and Other National Parks)

The past few weeks several very sad but avoidable accidents have happened at Yellowstone National Park. In May, a lady taking a picture of an Eagle stepped into the road and got hit by a car. On Tuesday, a pair of siblings from Oregon walked 225 yards off the boardwalks in Norris Geyser Basin and one slipped and fell into a hot spring. The water temperatures in Norris are the hottest in the park and range from 199 to 449…

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National Park Classes

National Park Classes

If you are looking to learn more about the National Parks when you visit, you may want to attend one of the Association or Institute classes. I was scrolling through some of the new classes and hikes today and they look amazing! Here are links to The Yellowstone Association, The Yosemite Conservancy, The Glacier Institute, The Zion Association, and The Grand Canyon Association. Check out their classes and talks and let me know about any other park classes you see….

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