Arches National Park in Utah

Arches National Park in Utah Arches National Park is located just north of Moab, Utah, near the states eastern border. As you drive or hike through the park you notice dramatic changes in the landscape.  The large towering formations and arches are  mostly made from red sandstone. There are over 2000 documented arches in the park.  Forty-three arches have collapsed … Continue reading

Top 5 Tips Plitvice National Park Croatia

Top 5 Tips Plitvice National Park Croatia   1. Plan your trip in the fall.  In the spring, the trees are bare, its cold in the winter, and the crowds in the summer will seriously limit your mobility, causing you to only see a small fraction of the park.  In the fall, the weather is cooler, crowds are decreased, and … Continue reading

Plitvice National Park Croatia

Written by Nancy. Plitvice National Park Croatia Absolutely stunning.  Many years ago I came across a photo of Plitvice and was completely smitten.  Since then it has been on my travel wish list and it was thrilling to visit in person. Plitvice National Park is located in the mountains and so it is pretty crisp in September.  By mid day … Continue reading

Walking along the rio

Written by Dave:  On a Sunny Saturday afternoon, the family decided that we needed to do some more exploring.  We had walked into campo (the countryside) to the west of town, and decided to explore the east side.  From a high vantage point we could see a river down below, and have always wanted to find out a way to … Continue reading

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad National Park in southern New Mexico was a much anticipated stop on our trip.  There are two choices for getting into the cavern.  You can take an elevator down from the visitors center, or you can walk down to the natural entrance.  We decided to walk to the natural entrance.  The photo below shows the top portion of the … Continue reading

Mesa Verde National Park

This National Park is located in southwest Colorado.  The ancient cliff dwellings here blew me away in photos that I saw online, so I felt privileged to have the opportunity to see them in person.  There are actually many cliff dwellings in the National Park.  We choose just the one to tour.  There is still some mystery about these cliff … Continue reading

The Grand Canyon South Rim

When you first see the Grand Canyon, you are struck by the enormity of it.  It is quite breathtaking.  The layers, colors, and shapes.  You just cannot help but keep looking and looking. There is an extensive bus system that takes you to different view points along the south rim.  We were surprised how many visitors were there this time … Continue reading

Montezuma’s Castle and Montezuma’s Well

Montezuma’s Castle National Monument is located about two hours north of Phoenix.  Built by the Sinagua people over 800 years ago.  Isn’t it stunning! They used to let visitors inside the castle, but it was causing too much damage, so that was discontinued in 1951.  The name was given back in the mid 1800’s by explorers that discovered it.  They … Continue reading

Joshua Tree National Park

Written by Dave.  On our way through California, we took the long way back through Joshua Tree National Park.  We were interested in seeing these unique trees.  We didn’t have a lot of time in the park, but we made the most of it. It was quite a surreal landscape, with the unique rock formations and Dr. Seuss like trees.  … Continue reading

Desert Flat

Written by Dave The road through Kofa was quite rough due to washouts from monsoon season rains.  Slow and careful driving brought us in, but didn’t quite get us out.  Who knows when the tire flatted out as the road was too rough to tell.  We hit pavement and immediately realized something was wrong.  Surveying the van revealed a flat … Continue reading