Grand Teton National Park

Prologue In early September 2021, I journeyed by car from San Diego for my first visit to Yellowstone National Park, the world’s first national park. As a lover of mountains, I planned my trip so that I could bookend my visit to Yellowstone with time spent in Grand Teton National Park. Finally, on the way home, I detoured to Cedar Break National Monument just outside … Continue reading Grand Teton National Park

Cedar Breaks National Monument

On the return from my recent trip to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks, I stopped by Cedar Breaks National Monument. You can think of it as a smaller scale Bryce Canyon, but with fewer hoodoos and no way (that I could tell) to hike down into the canyon. One of the amazing things is that all of the observation points are above 10,000 … Continue reading Cedar Breaks National Monument

Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks

Not long after glaciers and the Kings River carved out Kings Canyon, I made my first and only trip through Sequoia National Park on one of my many Navy cross-country trips. Okay, perhaps it wasn’t that long ago and not measured in glacial time, but definitely in the early 1980s. The only distinct memory I have from that trip was a terrifying near head-on collision … Continue reading Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks

Utah’s National Parks

Utah is renowned for its “Big 5” national parks—Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion—and for good reason. It’s difficult to come up with enough superlatives to describe their natural wonders. Each park is unique in its own right and worthy of a visit. Which you choose to visit depends a bit on your interests, but you really should visit them all if you … Continue reading Utah’s National Parks

A to Z: Arizona to Zion

October means it’s time for another one of my notorious planned impromptu road trips. “Planned impromptu? Huh?!?” I planned on taking last week off quite some time ago, so I’ve had that on my schedule for a while. The impromptu part comes in when I didn’t make my first hotel reservation until 11:00 p.m. Saturday night for a Sunday morning departure. The options under consideration … Continue reading A to Z: Arizona to Zion

24 Hours in Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park certainly offered up a wide variety of weather and scenery this Presidents Day weekend. My cousin and her husband flew in from Chicago to visit and they wanted to check out Joshua Tree National Park. Our timeline was rather compressed, but we managed to see and do quite a lot in just under 24 hours. We departed San Diego around 9 … Continue reading 24 Hours in Joshua Tree National Park

Sierra Sunrises, Solitude, and Sorrow

Sometimes the vacation you had imagined in your head doesn’t develop as you thought it would, and that’s not always a bad thing. This was meant to be a trip where the primary mission was photographing some of our natural wonders. Inspired by landscape photographer, Thomas Heaton out of the U.K., I wanted to slow down, look for compositions, set up the tripod, and take … Continue reading Sierra Sunrises, Solitude, and Sorrow