I have visited my fair share of National Parks throughout the years. I want to see Yellowstone in Wyoming and Zion, Bryce and Canyonlands in Utah. I have a few favorites, however; every experience is unique and lets you create your own experiences that will last a lifetime. Some experiences remind me of my childhood while other experiences remind me of the time spent there with my spouse. I have found a new passion in my life through traveling and hiking – landscape photography and now have found a passion for writing about my experiences.
There have been encounters with wildlife – bears, deer, coyotes, marmots, squirrels, lizards and a bat – yes a bat – a bat decided to roost on the outside of our tent trailer and we did not know it was there until we went to close up the trailer. Then we headed to The Redwoods and had our very first close encounter with a bear – one smelly bear with a lot to chuff about that bumped our trailer at 4 am – we did not request a wake up call but received one anyway!
Get out there and visit your parks – the adventures await and remain with you for a lifetime.
Squirrel in Yosemite trying to get a handout – SAY WHAT! No Trail Mix for Me! (Photo by RSheridan)
Yosemite (a favorite)
Redwood National & State Parks (had our 1st bear encounter here)
Alcatraz Island (another favorite)
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Lassen Volcanic National Park (Check Out the Bumpass Hell Trail – interesting, smelly and expect to be covered in white, gray dirt on the hike in and back)
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
Devils Postpile National Monument
Point Reyes National Seashore (Gorgeous & the Cows make Great Cheese – mmmm)
Death Valley National Park (drove around it – would like to go back for an actual visit)
Crater Lake National Park (Water So Blue and an Island called Wizard Island)
Oregon Caves National Monument
Nevada and Arizona and Hawaii:
Lake Mead National Recreation Area (drove across the Hoover Dam – cool!)
Grand Canyon National Park (Majestic)
USS Arizona Memorial (an important part of American History)
Montana and Wyoming and South Dakota:
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
Devils Tower National Monument (Remember Close Encounters of the Third Kind movie)
Mount Rushmore National Monument
Badlands National Park
Arkansas and Tennessee and Florida:
Hot Springs National Park (the hot springs still run under the streets and most fountains have hot water coming out of them)
Great Smokey Mountains National Park (a favorite)
Everglades National Park (went on an air boat tour and there was a gator guarding the dock to the boat)
Travels Abound – Get Out There!!!