national parks

ShareTweet When you want to go to one of the most remote US National Parks to see Fort Jefferson at Dry Tortugas National Park there are not many ways to get there.  You can take a float plane, take your own boat out there (but you can’t use the dock at Dry Tortugas if you […]

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ShareTweet Full day #2 at Capitol Reef National Park once again started out at the Sand Creek RV Park in Torrey, Utah just outside of Capitol Reef National Park. I downed some milk purchased at Austin’s Chuckwagon Grocery Store along with some Pop-Tarts to start off the day.  After a nice long shower it was […]

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ShareTweet Andrew Johnson was the 17th president of the United States.  He became president when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 15, 1865 and held the office of president until 1869.  Andrew Johnson was in office during the Reconstruction era of the United States when the battle over slavery threatened to tear the US apart.  […]

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ShareTweet The Laurel Falls Hiking Trail at Great Smoky Mountain National Park is one of the most accessible trails in the park with an Easter egg (waterfall) at 1.2 miles into the trail.  The parking lot at the trailhead for the Laurel Falls Hiking Trail is rather small and probably has room for 30 cars […]

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ShareTweet The Allegheny Portage Railroad Museum is a national historic site in Pennsylvania.  A National Historic Site is much smaller than a national park but still often offers great (historic in this case) sights, hiking trails a visitor center with displays, a theater and artifacts.  The Allegheny Portage Railroad is located in Gallitzin, Pennsylvania on […]

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ShareTweet After a 600 mile late night drive last night and early this morning arrival at Effigy Mounds was in the wee hours of the morning.  After catching a few hours of sleep and sleeping a little bit longer than anticipated, it was time to explore the final national park of the six month journey, […]

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ShareTweet Effigy Mounds in Harper’s Ferry, Iowa is one of many national monuments included in the National Park system in the United States.  It is named after and features “mounds” that date back more than 1,000 years.  The mounds were built in the shape of various animals including bears, bison, panthers, birds, water spirits and […]

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ShareTweet The Notch Trail at The Badlands National Park in South Dakota is one of if not THE BEST trails to hike on your trip to The Badlands.  The trailhead to The Notch Trail is located just a short drive from the Cedar Pass campground in the Badlands National park.  The trail covers 1.3 miles […]

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ShareTweet The Minuteman Missile silos developed during the cold war dot the landscape of South Dakota. The missile silos are indiscriminate sites that don’t look much like anything that has to do with a war, let alone places that would house weapons powerful enough to destroy the world.  The Minuteman Missile National Historic Site consists […]

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ShareTweet The second and final day at the Badlands National Park started out in a bit of a windstorm.  Despite a long day hiking, driving, photographing and seeing the sights in The Badlands yesterday, strong overnight and morning winds made it hard to sleep and resulted in an earlier than anticipated start to the day.  […]

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