Visiting the Vast Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

2016 is an important year for the National Park Service marking their 100th birthday. National Parks truly were America’s “best idea” and I urge you to get out and visit as many as you can, including those that are off the beaten path. This past summer we did just that when we had the opportunity […]

Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado

The Sangre de Cristo Mountains are easily my favorite mountains in the United States, and have been since I was little. I’ve stayed in them in both New Mexico and Colorado, but I’d never traveled to Great Sand Dunes National Park which comes up against the range. The sand dunes here are different than the […]

Spring in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas

While on our way to the Trinity Site in New Mexico, I poured over our route.  Texas… well. Texas is big. And while I’ve been to a lot of it, I had never traveled to the West Texas area near El Paso. It is sometimes called “Big Bend Country” after our flashiest national park. But Big […]

Friday Five! – Five Photos from Visiting the Great Smoky Mountain National Park with Kids

The most visited National Park in the United States is Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Located on the border between Tennessee and North Carolina, this park is partially popular because of being near several large urban areas.  It is also a free entry park, which while common for some NPS sites, it is a rarity […]

Petroglyph National Monument and Boca Negra Canyon, Albuquerque

The very first thing I do when I plan a trip is sit down and plot out the National Park Sites.  That is especially true in the Southwest.  There is a lot of very beautiful and historic publicly owned land! Unfortunately, our Albuquerque visit for the Balloon Fiesta coincided with the government shutdown in October […]