Oahu (Part 3)- Polynesian Cultural Center

Our visit continues in Oahu with one of the most advertised places on the island, the Polynesian Cultural Center. The center opened in 1963, and is primarily staffed by students from the local BYU Hawaii campus. According to some material handed out and several staff members, these student staff members pay their way through school... Continue Reading →

Oahu (Part 2): USS Arizona Memorial

One of the top destinations on our trip to Oahu was to visit the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, specifically, the USS Arizona Memorial. We are usually on top of things, and book tickets for tours ahead of time. Not for this one. By the time we went online to book... Continue Reading →

Oahu (Part 1) Waimea Valley: A Little Slice of Paradise

My wife and I decided back in the winter to take a trip to Oahu for our 14th Anniversary. This is her first time traveling to Hawaii, and my 3rd. When setting up our schedule, we wanted to have a balance of relaxation, yet not miss any of the "must see" places on the island.... Continue Reading →

Las Vegas Rocks

Jean, Nevada- Seven Magic Mountains provide a striking contrast to the Mojave Desert as you cruise on Interstate 15 towards Las Vegas. The 30-35 foot limestone rock towers were created by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone, and officially opened May 11, 2016.  The day I visited presented 30-40 mile-per-hour gusts of wind, so I was happy... Continue Reading →

Off the Beaten Path: Great Basin National Park

As with several of the national park trips I have taken with my family, when I mention how we love the Great Basin National Park, people look at me with amazement and wonder. First of all, it should be understood that this park is not the easiest to get to (even though there is fairly... Continue Reading →

Travel Tool: Road Trip Planning

  Managing a road trip should not be a complicated process. By organizing your destinations ahead of time using a map website (Google, MapQuest, etc.), you can get a good idea of distances as well as planning routes. In addition to these destinations, you should also research and select accommodations for your stay (RV Park,... Continue Reading →

Island Adventure: Camping on Channel Islands National Park

SANTA CRUZ (SCORPION RANCH)--- CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK My latest adventure took me off the road and onto a boat, traveling to the Channel Islands National Park. Specifically, I went to Santa Cruz Island (Scorpion Campground). Santa Cruz Island is one of five islands in the national park, off the coast of southern California. Island... Continue Reading →

Clinging to the Canyon: Uncle Tom’s Trail

Yellowstone National Park We were gazing at the spectacular Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone Lower Falls, and my kids noticed a little stairway that went down the side of the canyon wall. Curious, we did some research. It turned out that this stairway was a portion of the "Uncle Tom's Trail". The trail was first... Continue Reading →

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