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Why The Parks Are Important For Kids

Editor’s Note:

We are so grateful to our friend Jack Steward for this guest blog submission.  Jack is co-host of CW’s excellent show Rock the Park.  I know our readers will be able to relate to his inspiring story.

Why The Parks Are Important For Kids

I remember my first trip to Yellowstone like it was yesterday. My family packed up the car to go on a road trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. As a kid, it is hard to sit in one place for too long, but our family loves being out on the open road. There is something about watching the change of scenery happen right before your eyes! This trip down I-90 taught me that the journey is just as worthwhile as the destination. Continue reading

The Big Island’s Other National Parks

Father’s, I mean Editor’s Note:

When we first arrived at Hawaii’s Big Island  (I prefer to call it by its name Hawaii but that seems to cause confusion) we visited all three of the National Park sites on the west coast.  They are:  Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, and Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site.  That’s a mouthful, right?  Our son Andy and his wife visited the Big Island last year.  Andy  inspired us to visit each of these Parks.  I think you will enjoy his account of his visit. Continue reading

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Revelation at Petrified Forest National Park

 

Revelation at Petrified Forest National Park

We really didn’t know what to expect from Petrified Forest National Park.  Would it be a typical Arizona desert landscape with a little brush and some petrified wood?  Would we see any wildlife other than rattlesnakes and scorpions?  We should have know better.  The Petrified Forest, like all of the fifty-one National Parks we have been to, delivered the goods.  What we saw and experienced there came as a revelation. Continue reading

Badlands Bison

Bison Blog Winter Edition

 Bison Blog Winter Edition

American Bison are fascinating, majestic creatures.  They seem harmless enough from the car.  They lumber slowly, passively from one clump of grass to another.  They take frequent naps.  It is possible to get close to them seemingly without worry.  Bison seem unafraid of anything.  Physically, a mature bull bison can weigh a ton.  They can sprint short distances up to thirty-five miles an hour.   Their sharp horns can ward off the largest of predators.   Watch then spar with one another for verification of this fact.  Anything but harmless, bison are dangerous wild animals.  Treat them with respect and caution. Continue reading

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An Interstate Runs Through It

An Interstate Runs Through It

The South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota is bisected by Interstate 94.  Yes, an Interstate runs through it.  The Visitor Center is on the south side of I-94.  The bulk of the South Unit is located to the north.  Literally millions have driven through the Park without stopping.  Some may not have even realized that they were in a National Park.   We not only encourage our readers to stop at TR, we urge them to stay a few days and explore.  Its worth the effort. Continue reading

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A Bed and Breakfast by Sears Roebuck Mail Order

 

A Bed and Breakfast by Sears Roebuck Mail Order

Our readers know that we usually travel to the National Parks with our camper in tow.  For our Winter trip to the Badlands, Theodore Roosevelt and Yellowstone we decided to stay in motels.  Our camper is not equipped for Winter travel and is winterized.  When we use motels, we go with budget options.  No need for an upscale place.  We spend our days traveling or in the parks.  In South Dakota we reserved a room at the Econolodge in Wall, South Dakota to visit the Badlands.  We found out later that this Econolodge was closed for the Winter.  There were no other economy options. Continue reading

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Julia Cozby at White Sands

Julia Cozby at White Sands

Traveling back to White Sands National Monument was like going home again.  We lived in nearby El Paso for eight years and visited the Monument many times.  Our trip there was greatly enhanced this time by our TweetUp with a social media friend. We met Julia Cozby (Twitter  @JuliaCozby) at White Sands National Monument in November 2014. Continue reading