Yellowstone National Park

Prologue On one of my many cross-country trips in the early 1980s, I took a considerable detour off of Interstate 80 and spent a few hours touring around Grand Teton National Park, just south of Yellowstone National Park. I knew that I didn’t have time to do Yellowstone justice, so I skipped it and vowed I would return at some point in the future. Now, … Continue reading Yellowstone National Park

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

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