Look Back: Yellowstone National Park

It was 5 years ago that we visited YNP.  This park is very large and has a big variety of spectacular natural features to visit.  Two years ago at about this time, we took the opportunity to visit Mammoth Hot Springs, which is in the northernmost part of YNP.

Grand Prismatic Spring

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Look Back: Sequoia National Park

The United State has some spectacular national parks.  We have been fortunate to visit many of them:  Grand Canyon NP, Yellowstone NP, Grand Teton NP, Canyonlands NP, Arches NP, Yosemite NP, Glacier NP and many others.

So, why am I making special mention of Sequoia National Park?  This park is well down the list in terms of the number of annual visitors among national parks.  Perhaps it is overshadowed by Yosemite NP which is a little further north along the Sierras and is in the top 5 most visited parks.

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Kevin at the base of The President
Kevin at the base of The President

Certainly, all of those other national parks have beautiful scenery and marvelous natural wonders and deserve every bit of the attention they get from the thousands of people that visit them every year.  The reason I wanted to highlight Sequoia NP is that when you stand next to one of these trees you will be changed forever.  They are so magnificent and impossibly massive, you just have to consider your place in the world and how simply wonderful it is that these giants exist.

Monticello, UT

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Back in 2015, we traveled through Utah, visiting all five national parks in the state.  One of our stops was Moab.  From there we had the chance to see Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park.

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands is a large park, specifically, 337,598 acres.  It consists of 3 districts.  The Island in the Sky district is closest to Moab and the most visited.  This is the part we saw back in 2015.  The Needles district occupies the southeastern part of the park and is close to Monticello.  This is the portion we visited on this trip.  The Maze district in the southwestern part of the park is very remote and is only accessible by 4 wheel drive vehicles and for backcountry exploration. Continue reading