Category National Parks and State Parks

West Coast Spring 2019, Part Four

April 4 – 15 The next day we set out again for the State Capital but this time used Lyft to get us there and back.  As we approached the building, we noted a Planned Parenthood event to support this organization which depending on your point of view, performs demonstrably worthwhile services or is a […]

West Coast Spring 2019, Part Three

April 4 – 15 After breakfast we drove the short distance into downtown Sacramento for our anticipated visit to the State Capital.  Imagine our surprise when we found a number of the streets surrounding the grounds closed to traffic and all of the nearby street parking spots shut down as well.  Dozens of canopies surrounding […]

Florida in February – Miami, Part Three

February 6 – 20 With just the trip out to the Everglades planned for that last day we had a little time to kill in the morning and just before leaving town, stopped in at Cream Parlor for coffee and a snack.  It’s a cute place, decorated in a kitschy fashion and offering a varied […]

West Coast Spring 2018 – Cedaredge, Colorado

August 8 – 10 As anticipated, it would be a long day’s drive, a combination of two-lane state highways and as we had experienced throughout the trip, interstates filled with constructions zones.  In many areas of the country, repaving can only be done in decent weather and this meant mile after mile of one lane […]

West Coast Spring 2018 – Grand Tetons, Part Two

August 6 -7 We continued on to Jenny Lake, stopping at an overlook that afforded many shots of the lake with the range in the background.  At these crowded spots, it sometimes takes many moments to get a clear picture without any other tourists in the frame.  It’s the price one pays for traveling during […]

West Coast Spring 2018 – Grand Tetons, Part One

August 6 -7 After dawdling at breakfast at the Grant Village Dining Room, we gassed up at the station there, grabbed one more Huckleberry and Chocolate candy and then began the drive down to Grand Teton National Park, which would take us about an hour.  Our original plan for this portion of the trip was […]

West Coast Spring 2018 – Yellowstone, Part Three

August 1 – 5 We left the Mud Volcano area and drove to the very crowded parking lot at lookout spot for the Lower Falls.  We walked out to take in the view, where you can see the bulk of the 20-mile length of the canyon fed by the falls. At more than 1,000 feet […]