Category: State and National Parks

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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Mount Rainier National Park: Wild Flowers

We did not get to see the meadows full of wild flower a top Paradise. However, we did get to see some beautiful flowers all over the park, if in smaller batches. I absolutely loved the little pops of color or the new growth on the trees, showing in the form of bright verdant needles.

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Mount Rainier: Paradise

Paradise. The word brings to mind various magical landscapes for each of us. On this visit to Mount Rainier, Paradise meant snow. The Paradise Area of Mount Rainier National Park was mostly closed during our visit. We were able to drive to the visitor center and upper parking area but not the rest of the

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Mount Rainier: Ohanapecosh

After a six mile hike over Rampart Ridge and a picnic I was exhausted but not ready to go back to the cabin. So as Keltin drove from one side of the park to the other I napped in the car. The napped saved me and made sure that I had plenty of energy for

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