Category: State and National Parks

Palo Duro Canyon

This was a forgotten post. Back in August, I sprained my ankle bad enough to be on crutches and in a brace. Two weeks later, we went to visit friends in Amarillo for a trip we had already planned. Thankfully I was off the crutches but I was still in a brace and hobbling around

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Caddo Lake State Park

It’s time to go camping! This was a hot summer but we did go camp during it…once. Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in the state of Texas. Yes, all the other lakes are man made reservoirs and many are damed rivers that then flooded the surrounding area. Caddo is part of the Big

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Nebraska National Forest

As mentioned in my Thedford post, the Nebraska National Forest is just a short drive out of town. The forest is located between Halsey and Thedford. I took the trail from Scott Lookout Tower. This is a fire lookout tower, visitors cannot go into the lookout room at the top but you can climb up

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Rocky Mountains: Maroon Bells

If you watched my author interview earlier this week with Aspen author, Jill Sheeley, you probably heard us talking about the Maroon Bells. She mentioned that these are probably some of the most visited and photographed mountains in the state of Colorado. The Maroon Bells are 14ers and according to the information from the shores

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North Rim: Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

After getting up early and watching the sunrise on the south rim of the Black Canyon we packed up and headed the two hours to the north rim. This route took us through Montrose before heading north then back east. The last 6 or 7 miles of the road are gravel. There are several overlooks

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South Rim: Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

From the Cottonwood Pass we made our was to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park along US-50. We drove some beautiful and empty parts of Colorado. There isn’t much around Black Canyon and we had reservation to camp there. On day one of our visit to the Black Canyon we stayed on the

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Browns Canyon National Monument

Our first big hike on this road trip was to Browns Canyon National Monument. Browns Canyon is a relatively new national monument as it was established in 2015. This area caters to all adventurers without being too crowded – at least the part we were in wasn’t. There are hiking and dirt biking trails and

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Pacific Northwest in Conclusion

This was an absolutely magical trip. I could have stayed and hiked for many more days. There is so much to see and do in the area. Keltin and I both want to go back to hike the trails we missed and see the wild flower meadows. If you missed any of the posts or

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Mount Rainier: Mini Hikes

Our last day at Mount Rainier National Park, we wanted to make sure to see everything that we could. And we managed it by taking “mini” hikes. I put that in quotes because we hiked over 10 miles total and two of the hikes were 4 miles each. The shortest was .3 miles. We had

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Mount Rainier: Waterfalls

After our day in Portland it was still raining at Mount Rainier but it was mostly just a chilly drizzle so Keltin and I decided that we were going to explore the park some more and spy out all the waterfalls that we could. We had seen Silver Falls on our first day but there

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