Au Revoir to Oregon

Oregon is a wonderful state!  We’ve known this since our first trip here six years ago when we flew out to Portland and then drove through the Willamette Valley (Oregon wine country) over to the coast to Yachats to attend girlfriend Chris’s wedding.  Incidentally, that was our first vacation together [August 2009; we had been dating for four […]

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Kings Canyon National Park

May 13-15 — Giant trees. Towering mountains. Dramatic canyons. This is the Sierra Nevada, the area in which we are staying for nearly three weeks as we explore three more of our country’s magnificent national parks. The vastness and beauty of this place is hard to comprehend.  The Sierra Nevada range is larger than the French, Swiss,

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Sequoia National Park

May 8-12 — This is the land of the giants – Giant Sequoia trees, that is. And wow, are they giants; some of the largest living things on earth! Sequoia National Park is one of three national parks found in the Sierra Nevada, a mountain range that runs some 400 miles north-to-south along the eastern

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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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Best Hike Yet

August 25 – On the recommendation of a couple of people we met three weeks ago, we came up to Ricketts Glen – a state park in northern Pennsylvania.   They sold us on the promise of an epic hike that takes you alongside 21 waterfalls – you hike down one creek to where the two

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