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Queens Garden/Navajo Loop Hike-Bryce Canyon National Park

Queens Garden/Navajo Loop Hike-Bryce Canyon National Park

The Queens Garden and Navajo Loop combination is a great hike when you visit Bryce Canyon National Park. The combination is about 3 miles round trip. Most people start at Sunrise Point and the Queen’s Garden Trailhead. The views from the rim overlooks at Bryce are amazing, but you really want to get down into the Hoodoos and walk on the canyon floor. It is truly like walking around in a fairytale! The colors change during the day with the…

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Uncle Tom’s Trail-Yellowstone National Park

Uncle Tom’s Trail-Yellowstone National Park

If you love waterfalls, do not miss Uncle Tom’s Trail in Yellowstone National Park. You descend 328 steps on a steel staircase 3/4 of the way into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. When you get to the bottom you have an amazing view of Lower Yellowstone Falls.  Just remember you have to go back up! Since you are already at 8,000 feet elevation, you may want to take it slow. There are some benches along the way. The sign…

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More Than Just Parks

More Than Just Parks

  I wanted to let you all know about a project I just read about. More Than Just Parks plans to make short visual films about all 59 US National  Parks. I watched the Zion, Acadia and Joshua Tree videos this morning and they are all beautiful. If you love our National Parks, you will love these short films. The music is wonderful too!      

Hiking Stick Medallions

Hiking Stick Medallions

Another fun thing to collect from your National Park visits are hiking medallions. Most of the park visitor centers or gift shops have them. Some have several different kinds. There are general designs and also medallions for specific hikes. I found a great light hiking stick in Bar Harbor, Maine when we visited Acadia, so I have been buying some medallions to put on it soon. I first saw the medallions in Yosemite, but I did not have a walking…

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Angels Landing-Zion National Park

Angels Landing-Zion National Park

One of my favorite hikes on our Grand Circle Road Trip was Angels Landing in Zion National Park. Angels Landing got it’s name in 1916 when Frederick Fisher, exploring Zion with friends, exclaimed, “Only an angel could land on it!” Ten years later two Park Service employees, Thomas Chalmers Vint and Walter Ruesch, planned the construction of the Angels Landing Trail as an extension of the West Rim Trail. The trail was listed on the National Register of Historic places…

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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.  

The Beehive Trail-Acadia National Park

The Beehive Trail-Acadia National Park

I wanted to try one of the iron rung trails at Acadia when we visited. I was not sure if I would be able to reach some of the rungs, but I figured if little kids had hiked some of the trails I could too! We decided on The Beehive because it was shorter than The Precipice Trail with more open views on the way up. Also, the line of parked cars near the Precipice was crazy on the day…

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The Mist Trail

The Mist Trail

One of the trails we hiked in Yosemite National Park was Vernal Fall by way of the Mist Trail. The hike started at the Happy Isles shuttle stop (#16.) If you are not staying in the Valley in Yosemite, you could park at the the trail head parking or Camp Curry. The first part of the trail is paved for about a mile. It is all uphill but the views are great! Around 0.8 of a mile you reach the…

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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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