National Parks

Mount Olympus – what a great name. Sounds strong and majestic. It does not disappoint. Olympus and its five glaciers are at the core of the Olympic Peninsula and Olympic National Park in Washington state. The national park maintains plenty of trails that lead to and fro through this wilderness at 5000 feet. I wonder […]

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We’re headed to the Olympic National Park and some of the largest temperate rainforests in the United States. Visiting the Olympic Peninsula in June means we don’t have to share the experience with many other visitors. After a hearty breakfast  at the Ocean Crest Resort in Moclips, we headed to Lake Quinault, home of one […]

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The Olympic Peninsula beckoned with its temperate rainforest, rocky coastline, and snowy mountains. Driving towards the Pacific Ocean from Seattle, Washington, through small historic towns on our way to the coast, we began to adjust to our new surroundings. Chilly winds and brief rains, threatening storm clouds. Thick coniferous forest with occasional clear cuts that […]

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Mary on May 1st, 2011

The giant sequoias and tall redwoods had my interest since I was growing up. I was once asked to define my dream vacation, and I quickly responded “The Redwood Forest”. Not the beach, not the mountains….but trees. Well, I haven’t made it to see the redwoods *yet*, but I have taken advantage of an opportunity […]

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Mary on January 17th, 2011

Five Catholic missions were established along the San Antonio River in the early 1700s.  I visited four during my exploration of this historic Texas city.  Catholic missions are part church, part farm, and part fort, and were established to expand Spanish influence north from Mexico. They are found throughout the American Southwest. San Antonio de […]

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Mary on December 31st, 2010

I’ve got a slight case of cabin fever, and thought this would be the ideal moment to let my mind wander into the future. Conjure up some adventures for 2011.  Some realistic, some a reach, some to get the creative juices flowing… Yosemite Photo credit: o0o0xmods0o0o from morguefile.com On my docket for several years now.  […]

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Mary on December 30th, 2010

San Antonio is full of sites that fit my personality perfectly. It has history and interesting architecture at The Alamo and Catholic missions, cool neighborhoods to explore on foot, shopping with a local flair at El Mercado, and natural creations at the botanical garden. This city meets all my needs, and this trip ranks as […]

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Death Valley, one of the strangest places on earth. There are stark variations in the geology here. Mountains, desert, volcanic craters, salt flats, alluvial fans, badlands, canyons, sand dunes, and so much more.

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Mary on September 30th, 2010

Asheville has had my attention for a while.  To the point that I jokingly mentioned I would retire there. Realizing my obsession, I figured it was high time I made a trek there. Local breweries, art deco architecture, and the great outdoors.  What more could you ask for? Well, you may not ask for more, […]

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Mary on September 23rd, 2010

Take a leisurely drive through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Experience spring flowers in May, rhododendron blooms in June, and fall colors in September and October.

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