Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park was my second solo park adventure.  This Park ranges in elevation from 2,180 ft in the Tucson Mountain District to 8,666 ft elevation in the Rincon Mountain District.  The vast differences in elevation create widely varied habitats in each region of the park, making them both equally awesome to explore. I started […]

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Katmai National Park

Katmai National Park was the last stop on our 2021 Alaskan summer adventure, and an adventure it was.  To get to Katmai, we had to first make our way to King Salmon, Alaska. King Salmon is an eclectic place.  The “town” consists of a few places for lodging, a restaurant/bar/coffee shop/gas station combo, a bank, […]

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Denali National Park

Denali National Park was first established as a National Park in 1917, under the name of Mount McKinley National Park. It wasn’t until 1980 when its name was then changed to Denali National Park and Preserve.  Standing at 20,310 feet tall, the highest peak in North America, Denali is a wondrous sight to see.  Unfortunately, […]

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Lake Clark National Park

A much-anticipated trip to Alaska happened this summer after being postponed a year, and I’m so excited to share all about the parks we explored!!  First up, Lake Clark National Park. Lake Clark National Park is the epitome of rugged Alaska, and I am all about it. There are no roads, campgrounds, or services in […]

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Rocky Mountain National Park

After a lot of discussion, planning, and careful thought, we decided to embark on our first trip since the start of Covid-19. Now that things have opened back up, everyone has their own opinion of what’s appropriate and what they are comfortable doing, which is totally fair… for us, we decided that for now we […]

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is located on the Big Island of Hawaii.  This park protects some of the most unique landscapes in the world.  It extends from sea level to 13,677 feet in elevation, encompassing two of the world’s most active volcanoes—Kilauea and Mauna Loa.  The most recent eruption of Kilauea was in May of […]

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Big Bend National Park

The next morning, we woke up feeling refreshed and ready to explore our third park of the trip- Big Bend National Park. Before departing for the day, we secured lodging at Terlingua Ranch for the night, which was located just outside of the park. Unfortunately, my friend’s cold had developed into full blown laryngitis, but […]

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Acadia National Park

Once we made our way into Maine, one of our first stops was the Portland Head Light.  We had spent a lot of time in the car up to this point, and had debated stopping here or just going straight to the Airbnb.  Ultimately, we made the decision to stop, and by chance we made […]

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Shenandoah National Park

This road trip was planned with a few different goals in mind. First goal, Shenandoah National Park. Second goal, see part of D.C. Third goal, see fall colors along the northeast coast. Fourth goal, Acadia National Park. I had never been to this side of the country before, so I was excited to see all […]

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