Tag Archives: National Parks

Adventure planning

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We’re full steam ahead in the planning stages for our next adventure. No name for the trip or anything yet, but accommodations are booked, national parks have been chosen and the route has officially taken shape. We’re open to suggestions and hoping you’ll come along with us for the ride. Read the rest of this entry

Channeling our inner explorers

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My dad sometimes calls me Carmen San Diego. He’s been doing it for years, but it seems even more fitting these days. On those long-term travel trips, sometimes, even the traveler doesn’t know what or where comes next. The act of exploring or finding one’s way is pivotal in the journey. The explorer in me has been speaking louder and louder since we began this cross-country jaunt. I always knew she was there – she always did have things to say and she’s never been quiet. I imagine it was that same little explorer who helped me step on the plane for my first overseas flight, who helped me sit in the infectious disease doctor’s office to get that unpleasant Yellow Fever vaccination, and to convince me that no matter the anti-malarial meds necessary-travel is worthwhile. She’s always been a fan of water and sand, but more recently, that little voice has grown louder when it comes to hiking on land. Who knew there was a National Park in San Diego? Read the rest of this entry

National Parks, Forests and Canyons…Mother Nature’s Magic!

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Now, we all know, I’m a water girl. There’s not an ocean you could show me that I would dislike. Pop me on a body of sand; add in some salty sea air, the crush of white caps of waves on the shoreline and a heavy dose of Vitamin D and I’m one happy girl. Like in all travel, it seems that the internal learning is sometimes greater than the external and I for certain, have learned on this trip. Who knew I’d be taken with features of land?

Knowing we’d have the opportunity to visit national parks across the country, we purchased the national parks annual pass. For $80, access is granted to your vehicle for national parks and countless other national entities for an entire year. The first week or so of our journey was mainly cities and large swaths of land dotted throughout by cattle, farmlands and changing scenery but even more amazing bits of natural beauty was yet to come. Read the rest of this entry