Road Trip

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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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 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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We’re exploring the southern part of Death Valley National Park. A journey through northern Death Valley will be coming up in Part 2 of this series, which will also include some off-road adventures in the park. Subscribe via email, RSS, and/or iTunes so that you’ll know when the new episode is released. Also comment below […]

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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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Mary on June 29th, 2010

We’re taking a road trip in Northern Arizona!  Starting in Flagstaff, heading north to the Grand Canyon, then east through the Navajo nation. On the way back to Flagstaff, we have the opportunity to visit the pueblos at Wupatki National Monument, and a big crater at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument.  Monument Valley and Canyon […]

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Mary on March 26th, 2010

Road-tripping Arizona is a treat for the curious traveler. There are the Catholic missions (active and abandoned), caverns (wet and dry), cities, desert, canyons, amazing geology, and the influences of many cultures. Arriving in late May, we were treated with blossoms on many of the desert plants during our 9 day trek across the state. […]

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