Kings Canyon National Park

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Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks are closely related with Kings Canyon just to the north of Sequoia.  In fact, if you visit the National Park Service website, the two national parks are grouped together.  Kings Canyon has two parts:  the massive canyon for which it is named and a smaller component on the west face the Sierra Nevada with sequoia groves.

General Grant tree

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Centreville, VA

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It was a short drive for us to relocate to Northern Virginia to continue our visit with Valerie’s sisters.  Here we parked at Bull Run Regional Park, a large community park with huge open areas, large picnic pavilions, a waterpark and a nice wooded campground.  It is located in Centreville, VA, just off I-66 about 30-40 minutes west of Washington, DC.

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Freeport, ME

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From Acadia National Park, we moved further south along the Maine coast to park at the Blueberry Pond Campground near Freeport, ME.  Established in 1789, Freeport is a town that has transformed itself into an outlet shopping village.  I think it all started with L.L. Bean since this is where this retailer of outdoor clothing and equipment got its start.  Now there is a vast selection of outlet stores, some of which occupy original vintage buildings.

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Cincinnati, OH

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We stayed in an area on the north side of Cincinnati called Winton Woods, specifically in the Winton Woods County Park.  It’s a beautiful park with a large lake, large forested areas and ample walking/biking paths.  The campground here was very nice, too.

Downtown Cincinnati

We spent one day exploring a little bit of downtown Cincinnati, mostly around the Riverfront area.  With the Bengal’s Paul Brown Stadium on one side and the Cincinnati Red’s Great American Ball Park on the other, the Smale Riverfront Park is a very inviting outdoor space for all ages.  From the park you can also access the remarkable John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge which spans the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Covington, KY.  When this beautiful bridge was opened in 1866, it was the world’s longest suspension bridge at 1,057 feet.  The next project for the designer of this bridge, John A. Roebling was the Brooklyn Bridge.

Next stop:  Hocking Hills State Park

Carlsbad Caverns; Carlsbad, NM

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Carlsbad Caverns has a large natural opening so it was just a matter of time before someone entered and explored the caves within.  In this case it was James White in 1898 at 16 years old.  He made numerous trips into the caves to explore and for many years he was the only person who knew his way around.

Carlsbad Caverns

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