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Great Smoky Mountains National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

My sun is in Capricorn (an earth sign) and my moon, rising and Jupiter are in Sagittarius. What does all of that mean? It pretty much means that the desire for me to travel, be free and in nature, particularly mountains is instinctual. Being surrounded by a mountain range is grounding for me. So the… Continue reading Great Smoky Mountains National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Mingo Falls | Exploring North Carolina

I am not shy when it comes to road tripping and exploring on my own, within reason of course. While I was checking out the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, I decided to head into the Cherokee Indian Reservation and explore Mingo Falls. Also known as Big Bear Falls by the Cherokees, heading to this… Continue reading Mingo Falls | Exploring North Carolina

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Zion National Park | Exploring Utah

Since the first time we had stepped inside Zion National Park back in 2010, this magnificent valley in Utah has been a favorite. I have come back several times with friends to hike the Emerald Pools trail, the Narrows and find a sense of grounding. My now adult daughter hikes, camps here with friends and… Continue reading Zion National Park | Exploring Utah

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“The Rock” Alcatraz Island – San Francisco | Exploring, California

Alcatraz Island, AKA "The Rock", has seen several incarnations and has been reinvented over the last two centuries. This small island located in the bay of San Francisco was initially developed with a lighthouse, which is considered the oldest lighthouse on the west coast. It was also a military fortification and a military prison, from the… Continue reading “The Rock” Alcatraz Island – San Francisco | Exploring, California

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The Watts Towers of Simon Rodia – State Historic Park | Exploring Los Angeles, California

The first time I read about Watts Towers I was in grade school and living in Glendale, which is a suburb of Los Angeles. Even at a young age, I was intrigued by this public art work display and the artist behind it, Simon Rodia. Although I am not an artist, I have always had… Continue reading The Watts Towers of Simon Rodia – State Historic Park | Exploring Los Angeles, California

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Cayo Costa State Park | Exploring Florida

Welcome to Cayo Costa! This unspoiled Gulf Coast island in Florida is a nature lovers paradise. It is peaceful, secluded and can feel like you are on a private island. There are wind shaped trees, miles of white sand beaches, wildlife, and crystal blue waters. The best part of all is the freedom to explore… Continue reading Cayo Costa State Park | Exploring Florida

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The Ernest Hemingway House & Museum – Key West, Florida | A U.S. National Historical Landmark

Located on the small Florida island of Key West, the Hemingway house and museum is the most popular tourist attraction on the island. This French Colonial home was the residence of Ernest and Pauline Hemingway during their marriage in the 1930s. After their divorce in 1940, Pauline lived here until her death in 1951. It… Continue reading The Ernest Hemingway House & Museum – Key West, Florida | A U.S. National Historical Landmark

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Mesa Verde National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Exploring Colorado

There are moments in people's lives when they remember the first time a fire was lit for their life's passion. I absolutely can recall the first time I learned about gourmet cheeses, and that fire of fine foods was lit. The humorous thing was that the gourmet food fire lit about the same time my… Continue reading Mesa Verde National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Exploring Colorado

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Jenny Lake at Grand Teton National Park | Exploring Wyoming

Jenny Lake After I left the state of Wyoming, I had considered finding property close to Jackson Hole, the area was that impressive. Grand Teton National Park which is located close to that upscale town of Jackson Hole, to which I fell in love with, was one of the reasons for my thoughts of relocation.… Continue reading Jenny Lake at Grand Teton National Park | Exploring Wyoming

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Kenai Fjords National Park | Exploring Alaska

Reserction Bay Exploring Kenai Fjords National Park, which lies just outside of Seward, was an extraordinary experience while traveling through Alaska. This is where ice, ocean and mountains meet and the best way to visit this national park is by boat or kayak. If water travel is not your thing, you do have the option… Continue reading Kenai Fjords National Park | Exploring Alaska

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Exploring Exit Glacier | Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska

Exit Glacier is a massive and active glacier that is located in the Kenai Mountains of Alaska. It is one of the Kenai Fjords National Park's major attractions and served as the "exit" for the first recorded crossing of the Harding Icefield in 1968. Exit glacier is one of the easiest accessible valley glaciers in… Continue reading Exploring Exit Glacier | Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska

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Denali National Park & Preserve | Exploring Alaska

Denali is the national park that is on everyone's list! I know this because everyone has told me that they have either wanted to come here or they have already been to Denali. I have been to many national parks throughout this country of ours and Denali National Park was one of my favorites. It… Continue reading Denali National Park & Preserve | Exploring Alaska

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Gateway Arch National Park | Exploring Missouri

St. Louis, Missouri- The Gateway Arch National Park is unlike its sister parks of Yosemite, Zion or Yellowstone, which are glorious wonders of nature. This significant national park located in the heart of Saint Louis, Missouri is a reminder and acknowledgement of America's expansion to the West. It holds an importance and remembrance to those… Continue reading Gateway Arch National Park | Exploring Missouri

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Death Valley National Park | Exploring California

Living in Las Vegas has given me great opportunities to visit many national parks. We are a few hours from the magnificent parks in Utah and less than two hours away from Death Valley National Park in California. Over the past decade, I have taken various road trips visiting many of the wonderous natural sites… Continue reading Death Valley National Park | Exploring California

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Scotty’s Castle – Death Valley National Park | Exploring California

Scotty's Castle in Death Valley, California is an intriguing look into the luxurious lifestyle of the wealthy during the roaring 20's. What is even more intriguing is the story behind this classic Mission Revival style home in the midst of nowhere. It was the secluded winter hideaway for Chicago millionaires Albert and Bessie Johnson, from… Continue reading Scotty’s Castle – Death Valley National Park | Exploring California

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Capitol Reef National Park | Exploring Utah

Capitol Reef was the most peaceful of the National Parks that I had visited in Utah. Many people road trip it to the more popular parks like Zion, Bryce Canyon or Arches National Park but Capitol Reef is just as stunning. It might be due to the location as it is not off the main… Continue reading Capitol Reef National Park | Exploring Utah

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Bryce Canyon National Park | Exploring Utah

Utah is my favorite state when it comes to road tripping and exploring the beauty of nature. Although it is a smaller state than California, which has the most national parks; Utah is home to many of America's national parks, including Bryce Canyon. The canyon is known for its hoodoos, which are irregular shaped rock… Continue reading Bryce Canyon National Park | Exploring Utah

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Exploring Carlsbad Caverns was the best underground experience that I have done in my lifetime. I have gone below the Earth's surface on many occasions from caverns to mines, and these southeastern New Mexico caverns were phenomenal. If you were to visit one cavern system only once in your lifetime, Carlsbad Caverns National Park would… Continue reading Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve | Exploring California

Wish you were here! If this surreal landscape of azure skies, peaceful blue waters and white rocky towers seems familiar, it is familiar. This is Mono Lake and it was featured inside of Pink Floyd's 1975, "Wish you were here" album cover. The Diver, which was a photo taken by Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosissh, features what… Continue reading Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve | Exploring California

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Valley of Fire State Park | Exploring Nevada

Getting off the Las Vegas strip for most visitors is unheard of but there is more to this fair city than the bright lights, gambling and buffets. We have state parks, camping, mountains, forests, scenic drives and desert hikes. There is a lot of natural beauty in Nevada and one favorite for locals is Valley… Continue reading Valley of Fire State Park | Exploring Nevada