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We Bought an RV!

We Bought an RV!

Our RV shopping trip to Florida was a success! We went to look at several RV parks and a few RV dealers. We also went back and forth by email with some other dealers to make sure we were getting the best price we could. In the end we decided to order a new 2018 Grand Design Reflection 297RSTS from the factory. It will be ready for us to pick up in September. Grand Design seems to have a good…

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National Park Week

National Park Week

    Remember it is National Park Week and entrance is FREE to your parks! Here are the other free dates for 2017: January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day February 20: Presidents’ Day April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week August 25: National Park Service Birthday September 30: National Public Lands Day November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend   I love these great images for you cell phone background, desktop background and Facebook cover photo too! Download for…

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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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New Book

New Book

The other day I saw Celine by Peter Heller suggested on one of my Facebook groups. Part of this mystery story takes place in Yellowstone National Park so I thought it would be interesting to read. So far I like it. Here is the description: From the best-selling author of The Dog Stars and The Painter, a luminous, masterful novel of suspense–the story of Celine, an elegant, aristocratic private eye who specializes in reuniting families, trying to make amends for…

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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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RV Shopping 

RV Shopping 

Last Saturday Craig and went to look at some RVs with two of our friends. The only RVs we had looked at recently were Airstreams, so we were pleasantly surprised.  Many of the floor plans would work great for full time living. There is much more storage space and room in the RVs we toured than the Airstreams we looked at. I expected them to be cheap looking, but the flooring, kitchens, wood and design were very nice.  Some had…

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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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