America The Beautiful

The United States boasts many scenic national parks, monuments, and forests. It is THE reason my hubby and I explore the United States. After we visited America’s (and the world’s) first national park since 1872, Yellowstone, Wyoming, in 2008, we became hooked to the experience!

15 years later (2023), we visited 28 national parks. Each park has its own unique character, energy, and vibe. For me, It is a spiritual experience to wander through the wilderness.

“Between every two pine trees, there is a door leading to a new way of life. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine into trees.”

— John Muir, Scottish-American naturalist

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Guadalupe Mountains National Park December 2022 Guadalupe Mountains National Park, The Most Beautiful Spot in Texas “El Capitan,” Guadalupe Mountains National Park’s iconic beacon, greeted us when we approached its main entrance. As usual, we went to the visitor center first to show our “America the Beautiful National Park Pass,” picking up a park brochure …

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Big Bend National Park – Day 3

Big Bend National Park – Day 3 December 2022 Our Last Day in Big Bend National Park! We again enjoyed beautiful views of the desert, river, mountains, and wildlife. We hiked the short Rio Grande Village Nature Trail, which offered a great panorama of the surrounding area.  We spotted a very shy “Road Runner,” which …

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Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park – Day 1 November 2022 Visiting Big Bend National Park On our way driving to Terlingua, TX, we entered Big Bend National Park at Persimmon Gap in the Santiago Mountains. The park’s oldest rocks can be found here. This area is geologically fascinating and unique. Large mountains eroded and became gentle …

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Olympic National Park – Hurricane Ridge Area

Olympic National Park – Hurricane Ridge Area September 2020 . The Dry Side of Olympic NP It was the third time we visited Olympic National Park. Over the years, we’ve been to the Hoh River area with its huge trees twice. This was the first time we saw the rainshadow side of the park. The …

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Yellowstone Park, WY

Destination: Yellowstone Park, WY Road Trip 2008 – Day 4 . We Finally Arrived at Yellowstone NP, WY We added two new states to the list! We entered Montana and arrived in Yellowstone Park, Wyoming.  We visited the “Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument”. This place commemorates the American Indian wars and has a national cemetery, monuments, …

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