Tag Archives: National Parks

U.S. National Parks; the last set

These are photos from the last of our list of U.S. National Parks.  Visit the previous weeks to see the others. Pandemic restrictions are gradually being lifted as I write this, and I hope we can all travel more frequently … Continue reading

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National parks, part 2: Begin to dream.

When does a trip begin?  Does it begin when you leave?  Or does it begins when you dream, when you have an idea? I am writing this while we are still locked down by the pandemic.  As I wrote two … Continue reading

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Begin with United States National Parks, Part One

I recently read a post by a well-traveled foreign blogger who referred the the United States as ecologically “dead.”  He had visited the U.S. — Miami, New York and Los Angeles — and somehow thought he had seen the United … Continue reading

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Gila Cliff Dwellings, National Monument, New Mexico

Looking back while moving forward.  As I winnow out a bunch of old photographs, here is a look back. We spent about three weeks wandering around southern New Mexico in 2005 creating many great memories.  As I write this, travel … Continue reading

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We visit the biggest sand pile in the U.S.

Descending from Wolf Creek Pass on U.S. 160 through the San Juan mountains of Colorado, one meets the Rio Grande River at South Fork and enters the broad San Luis Valley.  The Sangre de Cristo Mountains are on one side, … Continue reading

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Why the Ancients disappeared: Southwest United States

Early First Americans once lived in the four corners area where Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico meet.  Often called “cliff dwellers” because of their homes built into the cliffs, they also lived on top of the plateaus, originally in … Continue reading

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Carved by the Gunnison River in Western Colorado, the Black Canyon is just 40 feet wide at its narrowest point. Its walls vary in height from just over 1800 feet to over 2700 feet.  It is not the deepest canyon … Continue reading

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One man’s dream: Colorado National Monument

Once again, we came upon the power of one person [or perhaps a few] to make a difference to a community.  We had seen it at the Hubble Trading Post where Hubble made a difference to the local Navajos, in … Continue reading

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A walk in the woods: Rocky Mountain National Park

Alie enjoys a walk in the woods.  That is our term for any time away from crowds in a natural setting, be it a forest, a meadow or even a beach. Getting away from people our first day in Rocky … Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain high

U.S. 34 through Rocky Mountain Park takes one over the highest point on any U.S. highway, 12,183 feet [3713 meters].  I drove it in June 1964.  I don’t have great pictures from that drive, but I have great memories of … Continue reading

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