United States 59 National Park Quest #42 – Crater Lake National Park

The sun had long since set by the time I got to Crater Lake National Park. I had made the long drive from Davis, CA to Crater Lake National Park after work to spend the weekend in Oregon’s only national park. I couldn’t wait to check out Crater Lake as it would be my 42nd national park and the last of the Cascade mountain national parks. As with most of my trips, this was a last minute decision to spend the weekend in Crater Lake. Continue Reading . . .

Spotlight Thursday – A Grand Late Winter View of the Grand Tetons

Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Spotlight Thursday is from my very first solo road trip across the United States.  As part of that road trip, I made several stops along the way.  One of my favorite stops was a two-day visit to Grand Tetons National Park.  Grand Tetons National Park is 10 short miles south of Yellowstone National Park.  Unlike Yellowstone which became a national park on March 1, 1872, it took another 57 years for Grand Tetons to become a national park.  Grand Tetons protects the Teton Range and part of the Jackson Hole valley.   Continue Reading . . .

Paddling the Nine Mile Pond Canoe Trail

My hair is being blown straight out by the wind.  I unhook the ratchet straps that hold my canoe on my SUV.  I starts to swing in the wind.  I wasn’t expecting it to be so windy when I planned on canoeing Nine Mile Pond Canoe Trail in Everglades National Park in Homestead, Florida.  Despite the name, the trail is only 5 miles.  It is marked with 116 PVC markers. Continue Reading . . .

6 Historical Things to Do in Munich besides Oktoberfest

The city of Munich is known worldwide for its annual Oktoberfest.  Munich is more than just a city to drink beer in.  It is steeped in history.  Munich has been the seat of power of the Bavaria since the 1200s.  For centuries, Munich was the home to House of Wittelsbach which was one of the longest ruling houses in Europe.  After World War I, the city would play a role in the Nazi’s rise to power. It earned its place in the horrors of World War II.  After WWII, the city was occupied by the US and rebuilt. Continue Reading . . .

8 Great Reason to Work in Mount Rainier National Park

Starting in early May, over 200 people arrive to work in Mount Rainier National Park.  These people come from all over the world to spend the summer in the Park.  These people live and work on the mountain.  They are split between the National Park Inn, Paradise Inn, and Sunrise Visitor Center.  The staff comes from different walks of life; the college students, the park bums, and the retires looking for something to do. Continue Reading . . .