Category Archives: National Parks

Death Valley Super Bloom Spring 2016

Death Valley National Park signage

Massive rainstorms we experienced in October 2015 resulted in the Death Valley Super Bloom of spring 2016. We had been driving across the Mojave Desert from the beautiful Virgin River gorge, past Barstow and on to Los Angeles, when we hit the surprising storms. Death Valley National Park is the driest place in North America […]

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Wild Flowers in slot canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park is just a short drive east of Cedar Breaks National Monument on Hwy 12. Both the Lodge and Ruby’s Inn at the mouth of the park were full, so we stayed in a tiny town called Tropic and took a chance on the Bryce Trails B&B. That chance was a lovely […]

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Cedar Breaks National Monument

Forest flowers Cedar Breaks

Cedar Breaks National Monument was an excellent place to stretch our legs after a wonderful three days at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. We were ready for some sightseeing, and we certainly saw some beautiful vistas. The main lookout at an elevation of 10,000 feet surveys a vast amphitheatre three miles wide and 2000 feet deep […]

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Flowers of Highline Loop Trail at Logan Pass

Bear Grass against wind-blasted pines

The profusion of color, shape, and texture I saw in the flowers of Highline Loop Trail at Logan Pass, left me awestruck. My daughter likes to do this hike in Glacier National Park several times each season and claims it took us twice the normal time because I had to take photos of everything I […]

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Juxtaposition of the Sublime and the Ridiculous

Glacier National Park

My visits to Whitefish, Montana, where I stay with my daughter, involve a juxtaposition of the sublime and the ridiculous. I’ll start with the sublime. The little mountain town of Whitefish is located directly adjacent to Glacier National Park on the west side. The park still holds 25 active glaciers, but that’s not many compared to the […]

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