Pinnacles National Park

We have been on the move visiting three more national parks, and with so much travel and activity, I haven’t had time to write about what we’re seeing.  Well no more; here is the first of the four parks we are visiting in Winter 2016 in southern California.  [We visited the five parks in central and northern California …

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Petrified Forest National Park

There are many parts to Petrified Forest National Park, from the namesake petrified logs that are strewn across the landscape… to Triassic treasures that show the fossil record of Ancient Arizona some 200+ million years ago… to petroglyphs and solar calendars left behind by Ancestral Puebloan people… to a historic inn that commemorates the nostalgia …

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Shenandoah National Park

October 27 – 31 — Just 75 miles west of Washington D.C., in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lies Shenandoah National Park.  This park was established in the 1920s and ’30s as a response to the development of large national parks in the West.  With automobiles making getaways from big cities possible (‘within a day’s drive …

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Starved Rock State Park

September 24-27 — We had perfect fall weather the four days/nights we camped in Starved Rock State Park – in fact, we had a perfect camping trip!  Starved Rock is a beautiful state park less than 100 miles south and west of Chicago.  It derives its name from a legend in which, after a battle among two Native …

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