Sound of Silence Hike in Dinosaur National Monument
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Sound of Silence Hike in Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument is one of the most unique places on earth, partly because it is home to one of the richest known fossil beds.  There are bones from over 500 dinosaurs and ten species entombed in ancient river sediments called Morrison sandstone.  The remains date back to the Jurassic Period 150 million years ago.  … Continue reading

Overlook Trail Hike in Zion National Park
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Overlook Trail Hike in Zion National Park

It was my second visit to Zion National Park and I only had a couple of hours to get in a hike.  I decided to do an early morning drive from Springdale up the curvy Mount Carmel Road.  The scenic road is scenery galore.  It’s magical watching the sun’s glow overtake the shadows in the … Continue reading

Hiking McKittrick Canyon in Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Hiking McKittrick Canyon in Guadalupe Mountains National Park

McKittrick Canyon has been called “the most beautiful spot in Texas.”  With good reason.  It’s where Guadalupe Mountains National Park started.  Hiking in the national park was one of the main reasons I made a trip to El Paso.  I spent three days in El Paso exploring its missions, food, ancient pictographs in Hueco Tanks … Continue reading

Tour a Historic Fort in Georgia:  Fort Pulaski National Monument
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Tour a Historic Fort in Georgia: Fort Pulaski National Monument

While staying on Tybee Island, Georgia, for a few days I had a chance to check off another national park site. Fort Pulaski National Monument is on Cockspur Island, between Savannah and Tybee Island. Fort construction started in 1829, but it took 18 years to complete. In 1833, it was named after Casimir Pulaski, a … Continue reading

A Day in Cuyahoga Valley National Park
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A Day in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

I had no idea there’s a haven of lush forest and a vibrant railroad history paralleling the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron until I spent a day in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. I knew there are beautiful rolling hills covered with forest near Cleveland, but what I wasn’t expected was beautiful waterfalls, picturesque serene … Continue reading