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The Freedom Trail-Boston NHP

The Freedom Trail-Boston NHP

  On Wednesday Craig had the day off so we went into Boston with friends to walk The Freedom Trail. We had walked it back in 2010, but did not have our national park passport book at the time. We wanted to get some of the stamps that we had missed before we move away.  The Freedom Trail is 2.5 miles long, so round trip it takes about 5 miles. We wound up walking over 10 miles though. We started…

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Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park

The Dry Tortugas are seven islands located nearly 70 miles west of Key West. You can take the official concesionare ferry (the Yankee Freedom), a seaplane or your own boat to get there. Most visitors plan a day trip by ferry. The ferry costs about $175 per person, but check during the year for coupons. They sometimes give $25-$50 off. You should know, the Yankee Freedom ferry is very fast and several people were seasick on our trip. We took…

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Future Trips

Future Trips

I have been planning three trips for the future, but I always have a list of places we would love to explore in my Midori Travelers Notebook/Journal. I try to research way ahead for our National  Park trips because lodging can sell out very quickly. When I plan, I map out routes, hikes, look up hotels, read guide books and get on the Trip Advisor forums and ask questions.  I also make an itinerary in my free TripIt account. Then…

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Yellowstone National Park Geysers and Thermal Features

Yellowstone National Park Geysers and Thermal Features

At Yellowstone National Park there are around 500 geysers and over 10,000 thermal features! There are more geysers at Yellowstone than anywhere else on Earth. One of the best walks to see many of the pools, springs and geysers is the Upper Geyser Basin right near the Old Faithful Inn. I love this map of the area: When we visited in 2014, Craig and I walked the whole Upper Geyser Basin, past Morning Glory Pool, through the woods to Biscuit…

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New National Park Passport Holder

New National Park Passport Holder

Craig made me a new Midori-like holder for our National Park Passport. He also made some inserts from Moleskine journals to put more stamps in!      

Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park

One of our favorite parks we visited on our Grand Circle road trip was Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. Since it was towards the end of the season, it was pretty empty and quiet. We stayed at the Far View Lodge inside the park. The Lodge is open from April to October.  While the buildings are old, they offer great views if you can get a view room. The Kiva rooms have been updated and are pretty nice. The…

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Adams National Historical Park-Quincy, MA

Adams National Historical Park-Quincy, MA

Here are some pictures of our recent day trip to Adams NHP. The historic homes were closed until April, but the grounds were open and so was the visitor center. We were able to get 4 new stamps for the National Park Passport! Adams NHP was home to four generations of the Adams family. John Adams was the 2nd president of the United States and his son John Quincy was the 6th president.         

Grand Circle Road Trip Thoughts

Grand Circle Road Trip Thoughts

We are back from our 12 night Grand Circle Road trip and it was amazing. The passport has lots of new stamps. We visited 7 National Parks, state parks, NRA’s and National Monuments!  Some random thoughts… My top 5 parts of the trip:  Zion National Park-It looks like what you would imagine the Garden of Eden to look like. I was amazed at how much green and water was in this desert environment. Bryce Canyon National Park and Scenic Byway…

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Minute Man National Historic Park-MA

Minute Man National Historic Park-MA

Yesterday, Craig and I took a trip to Minute Man NHP. It was only about 45 minutes away from us. It is a great day trip from Boston if you are visiting, or stop there if you are on a road trip in the North East. It is close to the Saugus Iron Works NHS, Salem Maritime NHS, pond installation to commemorate the place where the American Revolution started. Where “the shot heard round the world” was fired. It is…

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White Mountain National Forest-NH

White Mountain National Forest-NH

We went hiking this weekend in the White Mountains. We did around 8 miles of the Appalachian Trail and stayed overnight at the Zealand Falls Hut. It was great fun and we got some “unofficial” park stamps for our passport. The leaves have just started to turn and look beautiful.  

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