Wild and Untouched: Hiking the Deserts of Southern California

A beautiful sunset in Death Valley National Park

My husband and I like to visit at least one National Park every year. We have visited several of them so far. In fact, it looks like we have visited 24 out of 59 parks up to now. National Parks in the United States are of great importance. They are protected vast natural beautiful lands and usually include unique geological features. They are kept wild and untouched. And they can’t be bought by real estate moguls and be destroyed by human greed. Continue reading

California Dreamin’ Part Deux

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Made it! Not without a few scraped tires, some nail-biting and white knuckles, but still…

Surprise, surprise! We managed to arrive in Monterey for phase two of our west coast sojourn with car, luggage and three bodies intact. Our next five days consisted of slightly nervous car travel, fur-free hiking (with the exception of my sweatpants, which retain trace amounts of Leonberger after several launderings), birding (a-ha!) and picture taking. Lots and LOTs of picture taking. Continue reading

Shenandoah National Park: The lure of the mountaintop

I have always been fascinated by our national parks.  According to Wikipedia, the United States has 59 national parks. Yellowstone, the oldest, was signed by law into existence by President Ulysses Grant in 1872.

The beauty of national parks is that they are incredibly diverse and each offer completely different natural settings.  If you go to Bryce Canyon in Utah, for example, you will be astounded by the “sandstone hoodoos” that look man-made, even though they were actually formed by nature throughout millions of years.

Photo from http://alexandlish.blogspot.com
Photo from http://alexandlish.blogspot.com

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