Glacier National Park
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Glacier National Park

Of all the National Parks I visited in 2010, Glacier National Park was the wildest, most rugged place. Other parks might have a taller peak, bigger river, or deeper canyon. But, Glacier is different. Glacier is a little bit canyon – like the Grand Canyon, but formed by Glaciers so different. It is a little…

Yellowstone National Park
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Yellowstone National Park

You would think that the photo I would use to show off Yellowstone would be Old Faithful. True, I did see Old Faithful blow. Twice in fact. And it was very impressive. But the thing about Yellowstone is that there is so much more to it that just one geyser. I spent only two days…

Norwegian Sky Review
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Norwegian Sky Review

I recently sailed on the Norwegian Sky on a three night cruise in the Bahamas. Large ship cruises can be a relaxing vacation. You wake up each day in a new and interesting place but each night you have all the great food and entertainment of a resort. This was my fifth cruise; two on…

Grand Teton National Park
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Grand Teton National Park

I stayed at the Colter Bay campground in Grand Teton National Park in July 2010. I had heard from several people that this was their favorite national park. I had to see it. As it turned out, it became one of my favorite parks, too. While much smaller than Yellowstone, it is also much easier…

Cherry Hill
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Cherry Hill

Cherry Hill is a campground and water park in Kayesville, UT, just North of Salt Lake City. I had the chance to stay here a few nights in July 2010. Looking for a good stopover between the Hoover Dam and Yellowstone, this looked like the perfect stop.  As I researched a trip out West, I wasn’t…

Eureka 2XT Tent Review
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Eureka 2XT Tent Review

As a Boy Scout leader, I have been doing some short backpack camping trips. I needed a small tent just for me and my gear. After much research talking to other campers and shopping on Amazon, REI, and similar sites, I decided on the Eureka Apex 2XT. After using the tent a few times, here is…

Grand Canyon
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Grand Canyon

I was expecting it to be hot when I went camping at the Grand Canyon in July. It was, but it wasn’t really that bad – as long as you didn’t go into the canyon. I stayed at the Trailer Village Campground on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. It is a great location….

Endview Plantation
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Endview Plantation

I had a great weekend camping at Endview Plantation. This plantation dates back to the 1600’s and has a long and interesting history. It has been a tobacco plantation, military hospital, and battlefield. The current house was built in the 1700’s and is used today as a museum. The site hosts many events during the…

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is an amazing place. Every national park has something that makes it special. Rocky is about high elevation. On a recent visit to the park, I camped at the Moraine Park Campground. At an elevation of 8,160 feet, this is pretty high. Though the park’s highest elevation is over 12,000 feet….

The Trail Quest Challenge
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The Trail Quest Challenge

I just hiked at York River State Park over the weekend. It is a very nice park along the York river near Croaker, VA. That makes the second Virginia State Park visit for the year. Earlier, I visited Westmoreland State Park on the Potomac River. Both have nice trails and both have a fossil beach…