America The Beautiful

The United States boasts many scenic national parks, monuments, and forests. They can be visited with the “America The Beautiful” Year Pass. 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 on the experience!

We visited 28* national parks fifteen years later (2023). Each park has its 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

2008 – Yellowstone National Park, WY Badlands National Park, WY, Mount Rushmore National Monument, SD

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park

LBJ Johnson National Historical ParkA Day of Delights Our Stay in Austin, TX Exploring the Ranch While Waiting for the Eclipse Our goal today was to see the total eclipse. However, with the cloud-covered sky not looking promising, we headed out early to Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park. Even if we didn’t see the […]

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Yosemite’s Gems: Glacier Point, Taft Point, and the Mariposa Grove

Spectacular Gems in Yosemite:Glacier Point, Taft Point, and the Mariposa Grove Our Stay in Oakhurst, CA Yosemite National Park – Day 3 Breathtaking Vistas from Glacier Point On our third day in Yosemite National Park, we arrived early at Glacier Point, a viewpoint overlooking Yosemite Valley at a staggering elevation of 7,214 feet. At this

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Yosemite National Park Highlights at Tioga Road

Tioga Road’s Highlights in Yosemite National Park Our Stay in Oakhurst, CA Yosemite National Park – Day 2 Driving the Scenic Tioga Road We refueled before driving the scenic Tioga Road through Yosemite National Park to Oakhurst, CA. Signs had warned us that no gas stations were available along the 46-mile route. On the park’s

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Conquering Yosemite’s Cathedral Lakes Trail

Hiking Yosemite’s Cathedral Lakes Trail Our Stay in Mammoth Lakes, CA Yosemite National Park – Day 1 A Legendary Path Through Granite Giants We spent a magnificent day conquering the Cathedral Lakes Trail in Yosemite National Park’s Tuolumne Meadows. The hike followed a section of the John Muir Trail, a legendary long-distance path that crosses

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A Day at Humboldt Lagoons State Park

Humboldt Lagoons State Park Our Stay in Trinidad, CA A Hike at Humboldt Lagoons State Park Humboldt Lagoons State Park is a fascinating collection of four distinct lagoons: Big Lagoon, Dry Lagoon, Stone Lagoon, and Freshwater Lagoon. The formation of these lagoons is a story of powerful forces working together. Waves tirelessly carve sandy bars,

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The Enchanting James Irvine Trail at Prairie Creek Redwoods

James Irvine Trail, Redwood National and State Parks – Day 1 Our Stay in Trinidad, CA The James Irvine Trail Gives A Captivating Journey Through A Green Wonderland. We were excited for a long day of hiking the James Irvine Trail, a 10.4-mile out-and-back trail in the Redwood National and State Parks. The path winds

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