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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 Precipice Trail-Acadia National Park

The Precipice Trail-Acadia National Park

We had a great long weekend in Acadia National Park. One of the highlights was The Precipice Trail to the top of Champlain Mountain. The Precipice is an iron rung and ladder route up the steep cliffs along the east face. Last year, we were not able to hike the Precipice  because the parking lot was packed. We did the Beehive instead. The Precipice is twice as long as the Beehive and harder. This year we took the park shuttle…

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Two New Books

Two New Books

I am reading two new books that I thought you all might enjoy. Here is the description for The Hour of Land: “America’s national parks are breathing spaces in a world in which such spaces are steadily disappearing, which is why more than 300 million people visit the parks each year. Now Terry Tempest Williams, the author of the environmental classic Refuge and the beloved memoir When Women Were Birds, returns with The Hour of Land, a literary celebration of…

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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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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.         

History, Geography and the National Parks

History, Geography and the National Parks

I was watching The Revenant the other night and I really enjoyed it. Parts of it are very intense, but the cinematography is amazing and the scenery is beautiful. It is based on the true story of Hugh Glass an American frontiersman, trapper, and explorer. I have always loved history, especially the history of the US and the West. Visiting our National Parks has really renewed this interest. I feel like Craig and I have been walking through history when…

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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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National Park Night Sky Programs and Festivals

National Park Night Sky Programs and Festivals

Did you know many of the National Parks have night sky viewing programs as well as night sky festivals? At some of the parks like Bryce Canyon, the night sky is so dark you can see 7,500 stars on a moonless night! You might even see the Milky Way very clearly.  You can check online or at the visitors centers to see what programs might be going on while you are there. There are full moon hikes and bike rides…

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Two New National Park Shows

Two New National Park Shows

Travel Channel is launching a new show America The Beautiful narrated by Robert Redford for the National Park Service’s 100th Anniversary in 2016. It starts August 23rd, 2015 and sounds great! Another new show is Rock The Park. It follows hosts Jack Steward and Colton Smith as they visit National Parks around the US.  Check out these shows if you are interested in the National Parks!     

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