The Death Valley Ubehebe Crater

Death Valley National Park's northern roads are much less travel these days since Scotty's Castle has been closed for the past couple of years (and will remain closed at least until 2019). The castle was closed due to severe mudslides during an intense rainstorm several years ago. There are still several features In northern Death... Continue Reading →

Return to the Island: Two Nights on Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park

This was my second camping trip over to Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands National Park. We again took Island Packers over for the hour and a half voyage to the island. Upon arriving at Scorpion Anchorage, we walked approximately 1/4 mile to our campground. Our campsite #17 was perfectly sheltered in a nearby... Continue Reading →

Racetrack Playa: A Death Valley Rough, But Rewarding, Adventure

For several years of coming to Death Valley National Park, I have wanted to make the 26 mile dirt, gravel, and rock road trip to the Race Track Playa. This road is infamous as a tire eater, and there is no chance I wanted to take my truck through this adventure. This year, I booked... Continue Reading →

The Utah “Mighty Five”- Capitol Reef National Park

It may seem like a silly gimmick slogan, but the Utah "Mighty Five" national parks are some of the most spectacular places our family has ever visited. The parks include Bryce Canyon, Zion, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, and Arches. Our visits to the five Utah parks has been broken up overĀ  a couple of trips. I... Continue Reading →

A South Dakota Summer Vacation

South Dakota presents the traveler with a little bit of everything. Beautiful scenery, patriotic landmarks, historic locations, artistic wonders, and a wide range of wildlife. Stay for a couple of days or a couple of weeks... you will have plenty to fill your time. Several years ago, our family stopped in South Dakota as a... Continue Reading →

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