A Guide to Camping in the Painted Desert of Petrified Forest National Park

On my cross-country road trip from Tennessee to Colorado, I overshot by destination and ended up in Arizona.  Since I was already there, I stopped to visit Petrified Forest National Park. Petrified Forest is a modern desert known for its fossilized wood from forest long past.  This was a budget trip and I was trying to camp as much as possible to save money.  The park does not have a campground.  BUT one can get a backpacking permit for Painted Desert camping. Continue Reading . . .

18 North American Outdoor Adventures for Travelers in 2018

2017 is almost over. It is time to begin planning your 2018 outdoor adventures. I asked my fellow travel bloggers to share their recommendations for a 2018 outdoor adventure. I had a tremendous response and had to break up the responses by region. Keep a look out of my other 2018 region adventure lists. Here are 18 travel bloggers recommendations for North American Outdoor Adventures in 2018. Continue Reading . . .

Spotlight Thursday – Meerkat Manor (or Round-Tailed Sround Squirrel Manor) of Arizona


Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Spotlight Thursday is of the .  I took this photo is of a pair of round-tailed ground squirrel from my cross-country US road trips.  On my way from Tennessee to Colorado, I stopped and spent a couple of days in Saguaro National Park.  This park is around Tuscon, Arizona.  The park has two regions split by the city of Tuscon.  I spent time in both the Rincon Mountain District (Saguaro Park East) and Tucson Mountain District (Saguaro Park West). Continue Reading . . .

Spotlight Thursday – On the Edge of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Spotlight Thursday is from my visit to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.  The North Rim was the last stop on my 2012 National Park Road Trip. Grand Canyon National Park was my 27th National Park on my quest to visit all 59 US National Parks. Continue Reading . . .

My Favorite Quotes Celebrating Earth Day 2015

Happy Earth Day! Earth day was founded 45 years ago to celebrate the Earth.   The giant blue sphere that is our home.    In the excitement of celebrating, don’t forget to drink a toast John Muir. Yesterday, John Muir celebrated his 177th birthday. Happy Birthday, John! I know I am a day late, but its the though that counts. Continue Reading . . .