On Labor Day, David walked across the Mackinac Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere, taking part in a 61-year-old Michigan tradition.
Finding Treasures in the Desert – Our First Geocaching Outing
While camping in the desert in Quartzsite, AZ last week, we decided to try our hand at Geocaching. It is a popular sport that used to require a dedicated handheld GPS unit, but now there are several apps that you
Shoshone Ghost Caves
Our first side excursion from where we are staying in Pahrump, NV was to the small town of Shoshone which is actually back across the California border, about 35 minutes from our RV park. Our friends Lisa and Dan (Always
Yosemite’s Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome
California’s Yosemite National Park is truly one of the most breathtaking places on Earth. Glacier Point, on the Yosemite Valley’s south rim, was at the top of our list of places to explore during our month-long stay at Park of the Sierras, a beautiful Escapees co-op park in the Sierra foothills. And being there in October allowed us to miss most of the crowds that tend to choke Yosemite during the summer, as well as the winter weather that will inevitably close Glacier Point for the season within the next few weeks.
Glaciers and Wildlife in Portage, Alaska
The route from Anchorage to Portage, on the Seward Highway along the northern shore of the Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet, is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful and scenic drives in the state (if not the entire
Touring Denali’s Wilderness on the Kantishna Experience (VIDEO)
Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve is one of the crown jewels of America’s national park system: six million acres of virtually untamed land, bisected by one 92-mile-long ribbon of road that passes through low-elevation taiga forest to high alpine tundra.
Hike to Smuggler’s Cove in Skagway, AK
Skagway, once a Klondike gold-rush boomtown, today thrives mainly on tourism. We’d been here twice before on Alaskan cruises, so we’d done many of the day excursions in the area. After spending all day yesterday exploring the downtown Klondike Gold
“Ambassadors from Another Time” in Redwood National and State Parks
This past Monday, we continued our exploration of California’s redwood coast (and checked another national park off our list!) at Redwood National and State Parks. John Steinbeck called the redwoods “ambassadors from another time”, and he was right.
Feeling Small on the Avenue of the Giants
One of our “must-sees” in northern California was the tallest living things on earth are the Coast Redwoods, sequoia sempervirens. Sixty-five million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the planet, groves of these stately trees covered much of the northern hemisphere. The ice age and subsequent changes in climate and topography eliminated most of these giants,
Hiking in Patrick’s Point State Park, California
With heavy rain in the forecast for the next several days, I decided to spend the afternoon exploring nearby Patrick’s Point State Park, a densely tree- and meadow-covered headland that juts into the Pacific Ocean. The entrance to the park is just a few hundred yards down the road from Azalea Glen, so I walked there from our house.