Kayla and I emerge from the forest and arrive at my car. We look at each other. Joe still hadn’t caught up with us. I unlock my car and pull out my phone. Kayla keeps glancing at the trailhead as I turn my phone on. Finally, it turns on. No signal, that isn’t a surprise given we are in the North Cascades Mountains in North Cascade National Park in northern Washington. Kayla looks at her watch. “It’s 5:30,” she states. “Sunset isn’t until at least 9,” I respond. We have over three hours of sunlight. “He should have realized we were going to make it to the top by now, right,” her voice wobbles. I hesitate for a moment, but respond, “Yea, he should have caught us on the way down.” With that statement, the nagging feeling that I have had the whole way down comes back.
I stare at the campsite full sign. This is the last open campsite in Yosemite National Park, California. My travel without a plan plan just failed. I am still in shock. This has never happened before and I was sort of at a loss for what to do. I could usually find a walk up campsite when I arrived in a National Park. It was the middle of the week during late October and I wasn’t expecting camping to be an issue.
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).
There is a world of things, attractions, and places to visit. During college, I started to notice a trend. Many people have traveled far and wide and yet haven’t done the traditional activities that are their hometown attractions. I attended college in Florida and many of my classmates hadn’t been to Disney or Kennedy Space Center. I couldn’t believe that they grew up a couple of hours from the site and had never been. Although it’s not like, I am innocent in this either.
Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Spotlight Thursday is from the top of Guadalupe Peak. I took this photo on one of my cross-country US road trips. On my way from Tennessee to Colorado, I stopped and spent a couple of days in Guadalupe Mountains National Park. This park sits on the border of Texas and New Mexico. The closest town is Carlsbad, New Mexico. Guadalupe is near Carlsbad Caverns National Park.