Biscayne National Park

"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson The Dante Fascell Visitor Center is located within ten miles of Homestead, which made our motel choice a convenient base for our visit. When we first...

Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park is on the Hawaiian Island of Maui. The Haleakala volcano used to be part of Volcanoes National Park, but was made into it’s own separate National Park in 1961. This is another huge park and has two distinct entrances: the road to the summit of...

Guadalupe National Park

“No sunrise at sea or from the mountain’s summit could equal in grandeur that which we now beheld, when the first rays struck the snow-clad mountain” – John R. Bartlett, Guadalupe Mountains, 1854   While on a family vacation, about ten years ago, we stopped with...

Joshua Tree National Park

“If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them something more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.” – President...

Pinnacles National Park

“The earth has music for those who listen,” – George Santayana   Pinnacles, established in 2013, is the newest National Park and, with several renovations still under way including changing the signage to reflect its upgrade in status, we found that it wasn’t...

Kings Canyon National Park

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into the trees. – John Muir. As we noted in our Sequoia blog, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks share contiguous boundaries and are jointly administered by the...

Sequoia National Park

“In the woods, too, a man casts off his years, as the snake his slough, and at what period soever in life, is always a child. In the woods is perpetual youth.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature and Selected Essays. Leaving the desert behind us we traveled west to Sequoia,...

Death Valley National Park

“How could rocks and sand and silence make us afraid and yet be so wonderful?” – Edna Brush Perkins, The White Heart of Mojave, 1922 With a nod to Edna and Charlotte, we made our trek to Death Valley National Park in a Ford truck hauling a 22-foot trailer. No doubt...

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