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.
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.
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.
A cold wind slams into me as I walk out the Keflavik International Airport. I am actually in Iceland and it’s early February. I unlock my rental car and program my Reykjavik hostel into my GPS unit. I have my hostel for tonight book and have to return the rental car in two and half weeks. I am about to embark on a winter road trip in Iceland without a plan. I have a 10 item bucket list of things I want to do.
Dachau. Until the Nazi’s takeover of Germany, it was a small town with an artist colony. In 1933, the Nazi’s would forever link Dachau with their reign of terror. Dachau was more than a concentration camp. It was the master plan for all other concentration camps. Like many visitors to Dachau, I arrived via the U-Bahn train station from the city of Munich. I was then planning on taking a bus to the camp.