Yosemite National Park

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We all have our views about natural beauty but I can’t imagine that anyone would not agree that Yosemite National Park is one of the most spectacular places on earth.  Yosemite Valley has majestic glacier carved granite walls with waterfalls and lush meadows.  With Yosemite Falls, El Capitan, Half Dome and Glacier Point the mind has difficulty coping with the sheer size and scope of what the eye sees.

Yosemite Falls, at 2,425 feet, is the tallest waterfall in North America when including all three portions, upper, middle and lower falls.  Generally, at this time of year its water source would be mostly dried up but there was still a good stream tumbling down the sheer rock face.

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Gorham, NH

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Gorham is in eastern New Hampshire in the White Mountains, close to Mount Washington.  Mount Washington, at 6,288 feet is one of the highest points in the eastern United States.  Unfortunately, during our two days here it was rainy and overcast with low clouds, making Mount Washington invisible.

Glen Ellis Falls

We took a loop drive through the White Mountains National Forest, driving south as far as the village of North Conway which is a year round resort destination.  They get some of their largest crowds when people come to view the autumn colors.  On the way back north we stopped off to hike to Glen Ellis Falls, a very picturesque 65 foot high waterfall.

Next stop:  Trenton, Maine (Acadia National Park)

Hocking Hills State Park

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Hocking Hills State Park is located about 60 miles southeast of Columbus, OH.  It is a series of non-contiguous natural areas, many of which are beautiful alcoves and overhangs carved into shale and sandstone.  The result is impressive waterfalls, gorges and vistas.  We camped at the Top O’ The Caves campground.  From there we were able to hike to Ash Cave, Cedar Falls and to the most popular spot in Hocking Hills, Old Man’s Cave.

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Tullahoma, TN

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We need/want to make a 3 week trip back to Los Angeles in order to take care of some health and dental checkups and to visit with family and friends.  This requires that we stash the motorhome somewhere while we make the trip.  The plan we developed was to park it at a storage lot near my sister’s house in Tullahoma, TN, spend a few days with her, my nieces and great nephews before flying out of Nashville.

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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

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Encompassing some 1.9 million acres, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is slightly larger than the state of Delaware, the largest land area of all U.S. National Monuments, it is part of the National Landscape Conservation System and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management..  Although Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks are separately managed, they are part of “The Grand Staircase”.  The name comes from the series of plateaus that descend from Bryce Canyon south toward the Grand Canyon, marked by vertical drops at the Pink Cliffs, Grey Cliffs, White Cliffs, Vermillion Cliffs and Chocolate Cliffs.

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