A slick adventure in Echo Park in Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado/Utah

“Road impassable when wet.” I roll my eyes at this statement.  I have been to enough national parks and monuments to know my limits and how cautious the National Park Service has gotten.  Little did I know that park service’s warning was more than the usual overreaction.  I had quite an adventure while camping at Echo Park in Dinosaur National Monument. Continue Reading . . .

MatD’s Ultimate Utah Bucket List

Utah Rocks!  That phrase seems to be everywhere nowadays.  I would call Utah the state of rocks.  Its most prominent features are all rocks.  Visitors come from around the world to see Utah’s rocks.  I have been obsessed with this state since long before I before I started my 59 national park quest.  I have wanted to visit Utah (aka Angel’s Landing in Zion) since I was in high school.  I have visited this state several times since I started college.  I took an internship that didn’t really interest me for the solo reason as it got my close to Utah.  I then took the long way home from Colorado to Florida with a trip to Utah on the way.  There are plenty of things to do in Utah.  Here is my MatD’s Ultimate Utah Bucket List Continue Reading . . .

On Death and Depravity – A Charleston Ghost Tour Review

Charleston, South Carolina is one of America’s most haunted cites.  Depending on the year, it is usually ranked number two in hauntings just after Savannah, Georgia.  The city is over 350 years old.  Being a city that is on the forefront of American history, the city has had plenty of events that have spawned stories of tragedy, crime, supernatural events. The best way to learn about the haunted and unusual history of Charleston is thru one of the many ghost tours operators.  I was invited to check a Charleston ghost tour called On Death and Depravity: The Tour by Ghost City. 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 . . .

10 Stunning Places to Watch the 2024 North American Solar Eclipse

The 2017 United States solar eclipse has come and gone.  Millions of Americans from all over the United States watched the solar eclipse pass over the United States.  Even more, people watched it live on TV or over the internet or some who watched it on TV and then watched it live.  I was lucky enough to be in Tennessee for work (deliberately planned that way).  I got to experience 2 minutes and 10 seconds of totality with my parents.We enjoyed watching the world around us slowly darken.  Suddenly, the world around me went dark for 2 minutes and 10 seconds.  With the excitement of the 2017 eclipse dying down, it’s time to start planning for the 2024 North American Solar Eclipse. Continue Reading . . .