Category Archives: National Parks

Teddy Roosevelt and “Strenuous Living” – September 2016

I have always been interested in Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt.  In his youth he suffered from a range on illnesses that left him almost incapacitated.  He was also very nearsighted which caused him to wear glasses most of his life.  Yet … Continue reading

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Junior Rangers at Mount Rainer, August 2016

Mount Rainer dominates the eastern skyline of the Seattle/Tacoma area.  A volcano that made its last major eruption too long ago to remember, it is still an active volcano.  We were able to have our three granddaughters stay with us … Continue reading

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Exploring the Olympic Peninsula, July 2016

Olympic National Park is a million acres in the Olympic Peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and Puget Sound.  The park is unique in that it is actually three parks in one.  First, there is the temperate rain forest in the … Continue reading

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The End of the Oregon Trail, Portland, OR – May 2016

When the pioneers of the 1800s started their westward journey many were focused on what is now Portland, Oregon as their final destination.  Our journey west brought us to the Jantzen Beach RV Park on Hayden Island in the Columbia … Continue reading

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Mountain Home, IA – A Stop on the Oregon Trail – May 2016

We selected Mountain Home, ID as our next waypoint on our journey to Washington.  Mountain Home is on the route of the Oregon Trail.  As I read about the western expansion and migration I couldn’t help but compare how easy … Continue reading

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Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, UT, April 2016

As we were planning our route to Washington we had the option of traveling north through the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone, or west through Pueblo, CO to Moab, UT.  Our research revealed that Yellowstone “could” open as early as the … Continue reading

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The Blue Mesa of Colorado, April 2016

When we left Manitou Springs on Thursday, April 21st, we were at about 6,500 feet above sea level.  As we drove west through the Monarch Pass we climbed to 11, 312 feet and crossed the Continental Divide into the western … Continue reading

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