01 Bryce National Park
Bryce Canyon, UT, April 26, 2008
We stayed near Hatch at Cherokee Springs Golf and RV Park and spent more than a month exploring all of the remarkable Bryce Canyon Country. Bryce Canyon itself is viewed from the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau where it drops off thousand foot cliffs along an 18-mile scenic drive where we could view giant amphitheaters below. We also rode mules down into the amphitheaters to the bottom of one of the canyons. The amazing and enchanting fairyland stone shapes carved out of the sandstone each add to a stunning panorama. East of Bryce Canyon is the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. We drove on SR-12, an All American Road, as far as the small town of Boulder. It is a vast arid area that features more amazing stone shapes in mountains and river canyons in a variety of colors. We also explored Mt. Dutton and much of the Paunsaugunt Plateau between the forks of the Sevier River. …read more….
02 Cape Canaveral: Then & Now Tour
Cape Kennedy, FL, June 20, 2007
I remember everything we read in the news and saw on those old grainy black and white TV screens. To see where all this happened was really wonderful. We stopped at all the historic launch pads. The tour finished at the Apollo/Saturn V Center where we were escorted into a “you-are-there” theatrical presentation that let us relive key moments in a control room — the liftoff of the first manned Saturn V rocket and the first manned landing on the Moon. This ìexperience museum: is terrific. Later we admired the worldís largest indoor artifact — the extraordinary Saturn V rocket. …read more….
03 Glacier National Park
West Glacier, MT, August 19, 2008
We stayed near Essex at Glacier Meadows RV Park for a week. The impact of being surrounded by these beautiful snowcapped mountain peaks is beyond description. We were located on SR-2 between the East and West Gates of Glacier National Park. Of course we drove along the amazing fifty-mile Going-to-the-Sun Road where we witnessed the phenomenal views of carved out glaciated mountain valleys and peaks. We also spent time simply driving and sightseeing around the park. We drove past the East Gate to admire the beautiful glacial Lake McDonald at the beginning of the Going-to-the-Sun Road. We drove west to see the both Two Medicine Lakes and then up to the end of the Going-to-the-Sun Road to see the both Lake Maryl lakes. We also visited the Many Glacier areas and we enjoyed looking at the many old lodges that were spotted a horse ride distance apart between these scenic areas for early 20th C. tourists. …read more….
04. White Sands
Alamagordo, NM, November 30, 2007
The beauty and breadth and extent of these glistening white sand dunes will always stay in my memory. It was an incredible sight. We spent more than an hour in the museum learning about the worldís largest gypsum dune field (hydrous calcium sulfate) that has engulfed 275 square miles of desert. Located within an “internally drained valley” called the Tularosa Basin, the dunes originate from an ephemeral lake — a playa with a very high mineral content. Thank goodness the National Monument has preserved this unique dune field. …read more….
05. Zion National Park
Springdale, UT, April 18, 2008
We stayed near Hurricane at Sand Hollow State Park and spent almost two weeks driving the 270-mile Zion Canyon loop from Hurricane east on SR-9 along the Virgin River and through the famous Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel carved out of the mountain rocks above Zion Canyon. We drove north up US-89 and west on SR-14 through the Duck Lake and Cedar Breaks area and down to Cedar City, then turned south on I-15 back to St. George and Hurricane. We spent time walking and hiking within the narrow Zion Canyon beneath those tall, imposing cliffs and we also drove above them on the beautiful Kolob Terrace Road. The shapes and colors of the sandstone in the surrounding mountains and monoliths are imposing and beautiful. …read more….