Tag Archives: National Parks

Our first backroads adventure: Zion, the finale.

We did not know it then, but 1997 was a great time to visit Zion National Park.  We were able to drive into the park.  It was not crowded on the trails, and at points, we were even able to … Continue reading

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Our first backroads adventure, part eight: the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

As we were still gainfully employed and our vacation time was limited, we moved quickly on from Bryce Canyon National Park to Kanab, then through the beautiful high meadows of the Kaibab Forest to the North Rim of the Grand … Continue reading

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Our first backroads adventure, part seven: Bryce Canyon.

For the most part, the remainder of our trip was on main roads, but often the “main roads” were two-lane paved roads that would be considered back roads in most of the country. For instance, Utah 12 from Capitol Reef … Continue reading

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Our first backroads adventure; part six: good roads and great scenery.

Once we left the Tavaputz Plateau, we encountered just a few dirt roads, but the scenery was fabulous. Heading South, we passed through Helper, so named because coal trains required a “helper locomotive” to get over the mountain. There is … Continue reading

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Our first backroads adventure, part 4: Moab and vicinity.

This part of our 1997 trip was often on small roads, but they were principal routes in the part of Utah where we were travelling. Leaving Canyonlands, we headed north and passed Wilson’s Arch, close to the highway and one … Continue reading

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Mount Rainier 22 years later

There are many beautiful photographs of Mt. Rainier.  On our early May 1999 trip, however, snowy Mt. Rainier was invisible in the white clouds. I never had a “bucket list” because I am greedy and want to see and do … Continue reading

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Olympic National Park: Part 3

Alie and I fondly remember a quick trip we took around the Olympic Peninsula in 1999.  We particularly remember driving and walking through the temperate rainforest there because it was early May, we were alone in the rain, and we … Continue reading

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Olympic National Park, part 2

Olympic National Park covers 1,422 square miles, most of it wilderness. There are distinct ecosystems and a few roads in for those of us no longer able to hike long distances. Day hikes can be found on the mountains, in … Continue reading

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas

We have traveled with a recreational vehicle and using motels and hotels.  There are advantages and disadvantages to both.  For us, one major advantage of an RV is that it can take you places where there are no motels. In … Continue reading

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Big Bend National Park, Texas

“Once relatively unknown, Big Bend National Park is now experiencing a major increase in visitation…”says the National Park website.  It is particularly busy between from mid-January to mid-April. We know how lucky we have been when we look back at … Continue reading

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