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Month: May 2015

Where Should I Stay in Yellowstone?

Where Should I Stay in Yellowstone?

When I first started researching a Yellowstone National Park trip, I was not aware of how many hotels, lodges and cabins there were at the park. I only really knew about the Old Faithful Inn. The park is very large, and driving to each section can take a long time. You want to stop and see the sights and there may be traffic jams due to animals on the roads. It is not safe to drive when it is dark…

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The Crow’s Nest at Old Faithful Inn

The Crow’s Nest at Old Faithful Inn

High in the rafters at the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park, is an enchanting place called the Crow’s Nest. It is said that Robert Reamer, the architect that built the Inn designed it from a childhood fantasy. Bands used to play here for guests high in the air. It is 76 feet up and looks like an amazing tree house. When I was researching our Yellowstone trip, I came across info on the Crow’s Nest. It turns out…

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Castillo De San Marco and Fort Matanzas National Monuments

Castillo De San Marco and Fort Matanzas National Monuments

Beautiful. Old. Saint Augustine was founded on September 8, 1565. The Castillo De San Marco was started in 1672. The fort was declared a National Monument in 1924 and the site is about 20.5 acres. The fort was built with limestone called coquina. Because it is so porous, canon balls stuck in the walls instead of shattering them! Saint Augustine is a great place to visit if you find yourself in Florida.  It is a nice day trip from Central…

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Road Trip Planning

Road Trip Planning

When we started talking about our California National Park road trip and our Grand Circle road trip (UT, CO and AZ), I turned to two web pages and apps I use a lot for travel planning. One is Roadtrippers. I love their site and app. The website can be a little buggy with older browsers and computers, but it has helped me map out a few trips now.  We used the app in Florida to get from Central Florida to…

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Muir Woods National Monument

Muir Woods National Monument

The last time Craig and I were in San Francisco we did a tour of Sonoma. On the way we stopped at Muir Woods National Monument. Muir Woods NM is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It is about 11 miles north of San Francisco and a great half day trip if you are visiting the city. Muir Woods celebrated its 100th Anniversary on January 9, 2008! William and Elizabeth Kent donated the land to the government. They…

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Yosemite is 125!

Yosemite is 125!

On October 1st, 2015 Yosemite National Park turns 125. In 1890 Yosemite became the country’s third National Park. Over 1,500 square miles were put aside for people to love and enjoy. Some areas like Hetch Hetchy were changed by development, but it is amazing what people fought to preserve. Craig and I had been talking about visiting Yosemite for a long time, but other trips kept happening. We have been to California many times and I felt bad being so…

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Find Your Park

Find Your Park

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25th, 2016! They made a great new website called Find Your Park to help everyone join in the celebration. On the website you can watch videos, view people’s favorite pictures, take a quiz to find out what park you should visit, support your parks, learn about new experiences at the parks and 100 year tours and celebrations. I love the videos they have on the site. So start planning and get out…

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Salem Maritime NHS

Salem Maritime NHS

The Salem Maritime NHS was the first National Historic Site in the United States (1938.) Salem is well known for the Witch Trials, but it was one of the most important seaports in American history. Salem was settled by Europeans in 1626 at the mouth of the Naumkeag river. It was the site of an ancient Native American village. By 1790, Salem had become the sixth largest city in the country, and was a world-famous seaport. There used to be…

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Trip Planning

Trip Planning

One good place to help with your trip planning is AAA. If you have a membership, you can go in and get maps, guide books and Trip Ticks.  Even though we use a lot of online resources and Apps like Roadtrippers to plan our trips, we like having paper maps in the car/truck. Sometimes a GPS will be wrong in more remote areas or you will have no signal. Today, we went into our local AAA and got some maps…

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What Is In My Carry On Bag?

What Is In My Carry On Bag?

We are getting ready for our two week road trip through California! Craig and I have been putting aside things we need to pack. I have certain things I like to take in my carry on especially on a longer flight. I always put our camera in my carry on so it does not get ruined in any checked luggage. We bought a Sony RX 100 last year for our Yellowstone and Grand Teton trip and it worked out great….

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