Spotlight Thursday – Jewel Cave National Monument

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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 Jewel Cave National Monument in Custer, South Dakota.  I spent a wonderful day exploring this cave and the land above it on my South Dakota National Park Road Trip. Continue Reading . . .

Spotlight Thursday – Congregating in Congaree National Park

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Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Photo Thursday is from a weekend trip with my best friend to Congaree National Park, South Carolina.  It was my thirteenth national park.  It was lucky number 13 on my quest to visit all 59 United States National Parks (there were only 58 when I started my journey).  We drove 5 hours from out home in Tennessee to Congaree.  It is the third newest national park in the US system.  Congaree is the largest tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the United States.  The park is over 26,000 acres.  The park was established as a national park in 2003.  Originally Congaree National Park was called Congaree Swamp National Monument.  The Swamp was dropped to increase the appeal of the name.  Doesn’t matter what they call it Congaree is first and foremost a swamp. The Park has many activities such as hiking, canoeing, kayaking and bird watching.  The park is home to bobcats, deer, coyotes, armadillos, turtles, snakes, alligators and lots of fish.  Most of the park is part of the Congaree Swamp. Continue Reading . . .

Spotlight Thursday – House-boating on the Suwannee River

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Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Photo Thursday is from the Suwannee River, Florida, USA.  While I was in college, my parents would rent a houseboat on the Suwannee River.  They would spent the week of Thanksgiving on the river.  I would join them as soon as classes let out for Thanksgiving.  We would spent the week on a small houseboat and motor up and down the river. Continue Reading . . .

Spotlight Thursday – Exploring Vedauwoo, Wyoming

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Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Photo Thursday is from Vedauwoo section of Medicine Bow – Routt National Forest in Wyoming.  This photo is from my second trip to Vedauwoo.  Originally, I had planned to climb Pike’s Peak this weekend, but due to the smoke from the 2010 Waldo Canyon Fire, it wasn’t possible.  I made the four-hour drive from Colorado Springs, Colorado to Vedauwoo, Wyoming. I camped in the Vedauwoo campground.  I had the option of dispersal camping for free, but I liked having a bathroom nearby. I spent the weekend hiking and bouldering among the  hoodoos and outcroppings. Continue Reading . . .

Photo Thursday – Washington Slagbaai National Park of Bonaire

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Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location.  Today’s Photo Thursday is from Washington Slagbaai National Park in Bonaire, Leeward Antilles.  My parents rented a car and we spent several days exploring the rough terrain of the Slagbaai as well as snorkeling in the Bonaire National Marine Park. From the high-water mark to 200 ft deep is part of the Bonaire National Marine Park.   The best snorkeling on the island is on the southwest lee side of the island.  The brackish water of the low elevation lagoons attract the famous pink American flamingos.  Bonaire has a donkey population introduced by the early Europeans.  The island is also home ot the vulnerable Yellow-shouldered Amazon. Continue Reading . . .