Spotlight Thursday – Hanging out at Hanging Lake, Colorado

Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Spotlight Thursday is from my time living in Fort Collins, Colorado.  One week I had some free time so I decided to drive down and hike the Hanging Lake Trail.  Hanging Lake trail is hidden above the Colorado River in Glenwood Canyon.  Glenwood Canyon is a unique canyon.  It is one of my favorite canyon drives in the United States.  Interstate 70 which runs thru the canyon was specifically designed to preserve the natural beauty of the canyon. Continue Reading . . .

59 National Park Quest #40 – The National Park of American Samoa

I stepped off the plane and on to a South Pacific Island.  Yet, I haven’t even left the United States.  I am still ‘technically” in the United States.  I had landed at the Pago Pago International Airport on the island of Tutuila in American Samoa.  American Samoa is an unincorporated unorganized territory of the United States.  Basically, the islands are owned by the US but operate under local rule and customs.  The U.S. Federal Government has limited involvement in American Samoa politics and American Samoans are U.S. Nationals but not citizens. I have traveled to this far flung island chain south of the equator and halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii to spend four days exploring the National Park of American Samoa. Continue Reading . . .

MatD’s Ultimate Tennessee Bucket List

I am from the great state of Tennessee. I have driven from Bristol to Memphis.  I have seen the three grand division.  Despite having lived in the state for 18 years, I only scratched the surface of the state.  Tennessee is one longest states that range from the Appalachian mountain to the Mississippi River.   Here is my Tennessee Bucket List. Continue Reading . . .

A Walk in the woods at Muir Woods National Monument

Giant Coastal Redwoods rise up around me.  I stand in awe that less than 30 minutes ago I was standing among the skyscrapers of San Francisco. A short drive across the Golden Gate Bridge is a wilderness oasis near one of the US’s largest cities in the most populous state.  These coastal redwoods aren’t a hidden.  They stand proudly in the Muir Woods National Monument. 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 . . .