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September Trip Planning 

September Trip Planning 

The past few weeks we have been busy getting rid of furniture on local groups and selling things on Ebay. We are trying to get rid of as much stuff as we can before our September launch date.  In between work projects, I have been planning our September route down to Florida and our Florida to Wyoming route for March/April 2018.  We hope to travel down to Florida with just the truck and pick up the travel trailer there. I…

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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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Treasured Lands

Treasured Lands

We just got this beautiful book from the library and have been looking through it. If you love our national parks you should try to find it!  The title is Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America’s National Parks. It is hardcover and quite heavy. There are 456 pages of amazing photos. QT Luong worked on Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan’s documentary The National Parks America’s Best Idea.  I love this part of the description: “In an odyssey that spanned…

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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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Disney and the National Parks

Disney and the National Parks

While I was writing a blog post yesterday about our Florida trip, I had some thoughts. I know a lot of people that travel often and visit many natural places do not like the Disney parks. They find them “fake” and “commercialized.” I have always loved the Disney parks, movies and TV shows and find them to be an experience in Americana and American history.  The first time Craig and I visited Yellowstone, the way it was run seemed so…

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National Parks Magazine and Some Pages to Check Out

National Parks Magazine and Some Pages to Check Out

  So I just learned that there is a National Parks magazine. Why did I not know this before? Craig and I are going to try and find some back issues, but if you are interested you can read articles and subscribe on the National Parks Conservation Association page. Stay Wild magazine also has an issue about our national Parks free to read online. You may also want to check out National Parks Traveler for some great stories and info….

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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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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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Mysteries at the National Parks

Mysteries at the National Parks

A friend just told me about a new Travel Channel show called Mysteries at the National Parks. Here is their description: America’s network of national parks represents vast, dense expanses of virtually unexplored wilderness — hotbeds for mysteries and the unexplained. Each episode delivers several haunting stories to add to the backdrop and natural beauty of some of the country’s most famous national parks. I found some of the episodes on YouTube. They seem a bit cheesy, but I am…

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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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