Tag Archives: National Parks

On the edge of the swamp: Everglades City, Florida

St. Augustine, Florida, founded in 1565, is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the United States.  Nonetheless, portions of Florida were still wilderness into the twentieth century. In 1912, C. G. McKinney, a  Chokoloskee island store owner, wrote complaining that … Continue reading

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Capitol Reef National Park

Utah has five National Parks.  Each is unique.  Many people visit Bryce with its hoodoos and Zion with its canyon vegetation which are close to Las Vegas.  Arches and Canyonlands both  have features obvious in their names. Capitol Reef National … Continue reading

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Check the moon before visiting Arches National Park.

We had been to Arches National Park several times [see our suggested itinerary for a trip to the Southwest], but this time, I made it a destination.  I did not want to be there for a full moon.  I’m sure … Continue reading

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A walk in the woods: redwoods

Alie loves to “take a walk in the woods.”  She likes to get away from crowds on a quiet cool path.  On our second day in Redwoods National and State Parks, we took an unusually long walk together (unusually long for … Continue reading

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Petrified but not Painted

There are 59 National Parks in the United States.  We have been to well over 40, but the Painted Desert is not one of them. Even though we both visited there in the 1960s, and we both once thought of … Continue reading

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A Joshua tree is not a tree: Joshua Tree National Park, California

Joshua Tree National Park, California provided us a couple surprises.  Had I given it thought, I would have assumed it was in a desert valley and the trees were some sort of cactus.  Neither assumption would be true. The Joshua tree … Continue reading

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“A bloomin’ miracle”: Death Valley, California

Alie occasionally uses the phrase, “it’s a bloomin’ miracle.”  It was true when we visited Death Valley this March.  Violating our personal preferences, we took Interstate highways and raced (compared to our normal turtle speed) across the South to get … Continue reading

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