Hiking

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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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 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 5th, 2010

Death Valley National Park offers a lot of variety for those who like to explore geological wonders and discover unique bits of American history. You can hike into the back country, but you can also have a very full experience without hiking at all. Climb sand dunes, experience amazingly cool breezes over the Ubehebe Crater, discover a variety of geologic creations, and visit the lowest inland elevation in North America (Badwater…282 feet below sea level). Explore the history of Mustard Canyon, where Chinese laborers harvested long-standing deposits of Borax until this natural resource was fully depleted. Form your own opinion of the legend of Scotty’s Castle. You may even see some wildlife in this intriguing place with the unfortunate name of Death Valley.

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We all know about the canyon itself, and the mighty Colorado River that formed it.  We’ve seen the common pictures, like these: But there is so much more to see, do, and explore. I didn’t get any pics of the estimated 1000 caves, but here are a few shots from the south rim. You can […]

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Mary on March 15th, 2010

I’m spending the weekend in Hershey, Pennsylvania with my Mom. It’s been raining nonstop for 2 days, and the flood warnings are running rampant. Cabin fever sets in, so we take a short drive over to Hummelstown. Oh, Sunday, nearly everything is closed. Oh, what’s this…a raging stream? And it has a walking trail beside […]

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Mary on August 21st, 2008

I’ve always had a sense of curiosity, and love to experience new adventures. Not dangerous adventures, mind you…just informative, unique adventures. Since I started traveling as a consultant in 2006, I took up a habit of scheduling “Tuesday adventures”. Ok, they don’t always happen on Tuesday, but Tuesday evenings seem to provide the best opportunity […]

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