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Land of the Sleeping Rainbow: Capitol Reef National Park

Land of the Sleeping Rainbow: Capitol Reef National Park

March 28, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

Capitol Reef National Park is filled with geological wonders that stagger the imagination. Somewhat remote, and not as well known as the other parks, Capitol Reef is located on the northern edge of the Grand Circle Tour. Capitol Reef encompasses a 100-mile natural upheaval in the earth’s crust known as the Waterpocket Fold. We’ve traveled […]

Discover San Antonio’s Mission Trail

Discover San Antonio’s Mission Trail

March 18, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

The chain of five missions that were established along the San Antonio River during the 18th century stands as a reminder of Spain’s most successful attempt to extend its New World influence and control. Representing both church and state, these missions were charged with converting the local Native Americans, collectively called Coahuiltecans, into devout Catholics […]

Crooked Water: Tuzigoot National Monument

Crooked Water: Tuzigoot National Monument

February 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

For thousands of years, Verde Valley has been a human melting pot. Hunters and gatherers came first, searching for wild game and grasses. Traders followed, digging salt and minerals, and then settlers farming the fertile bottomlands. Perched atop a ridge high above the Verde River two miles east of Clarkdale is Tuzigoot National Monument, one […]

Mount Mitchell Drive Receives Scenic Byway Designation

Mount Mitchell Drive Receives Scenic Byway Designation

January 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Mount Mitchell Scenic Drive is the latest route to receive an official “scenic byway” designation from the state of North Carolina. Recognized for its outstanding beauty and unique cultural features, this 52-mile drive begins atop 6,684-foot Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi and traverses a national forest, state park, and National […]

Congaree National Park: A Hidden Gem Expands

Congaree National Park: A Hidden Gem Expands

January 29, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Congaree National Park is a relatively unknown park—a hidden jewel in the national park system. The National Park Service, Trust for Public Land, and Friends of Congaree Swamp, and others recently celebrated Congaree National Park’s 35-year history and the park’s acquisition of 1,840 acres of Riverstone property, The Times and Democrat reported. “The Riverstone property, […]

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

December 21, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

It’s that time of year again. The Christmas countdown has begun! While the holidays bring with it lots of love, time spent with family and friends, good food, and more, it can also bring stress—most from the gift exchange. Trying to find the perfect gift for someone can get frustrating. But if you’re still looking […]

Join the Christmas Bird Count

Join the Christmas Bird Count

December 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

With their binoculars, scopes, and gazes turned to the skies, birdwatchers are often far easier to spot than the feathered friends they search for. Birds have a unique ability to inspire and delight us. They connect us with nature, with the passage of seasons, and with each other. Birding is one of the most popular […]

Links to the Past: Petroglyph National Monument, NM

Links to the Past: Petroglyph National Monument, NM

November 13, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Petroglyph National Monument contains over 7,000 acres of a volcanic basalt escarpment made from ancient lava flows, known as the West Mesa. The monument protects a variety of cultural and natural resources, including five volcanic cones, hundreds of archeological sites, and an estimated 25,000 images carved into these dark rock outcroppings. In desert areas stones […]

Tips for Choosing RV Parks/Campgrounds

Tips for Choosing RV Parks/Campgrounds

September 10, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

Choices for RV parks and campgrounds include luxurious RV resorts, activity-filled family destinations, 55+ parks, secluded natural settings, and basic parks conveniently located for an overnight stay. Prices also run the gamut. There is a variety of campgrounds, each offering different amenities and activities. These include private RV parks; casino camping; membership parks; national, state, […]

Chill-out on Utah’s Patchwork Parkway

Chill-out on Utah’s Patchwork Parkway

August 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Weather alert: “A heat warning for daily high temperatures above 100 degrees has been extended for all desert areas.” Sweltering heat is typical for the Southwest desert region this time of year. With triple digit temperatures the Southwestern standard, how do you deal with this incessant heat? Load up the recreational vehicle and escape the […]

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