Redwoods

Redwoods

I thought Redwoods was “just” another park in the National Park System, but was surprised to find it’s a combination of 3 California State Parks and a National Park. California created their protection for the redwoods in the 1920s but it took until 1969 for the federal government to create a National Park.   California fortunately acted “early” to protect these forests saving some of these trees, but outside the state parks, 95%, NINETY-FIVE PERCENT, of the trees were logged…

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Crater Lake

Crater Lake

I was here many, many years ago with my parents and sisters.  I know that from family pictures but really didn’t remember visiting.   I’ve been wanting to return to Crater Lake and Oregon for several years. I made reservations at Mazama Campground on the park grounds before leaving but unfortunately they were cancelled when I was in route.  They are performing hazardous tree removal and it was taking longer than expected. I found another campground just south of Klamath…

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

I returned to Denver in late September 2018 to visit my friends Elizabeth and Lauren.  We decided to go to the Great American Beer Festival again.  We had attended in 2016 and had a great time.  So I drove out to Denver a day early and spent the night with them.  We did the member session from 12-4 at the convention center and stayed downtown for the night.  After all our day-drinking, we returned to Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs.  I…

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Scotland

Scotland

Now that my daughter is married, it’s harder to drag her away for a trip.   My friend Kelly can only plan one trip a year with me as she goes to lots of horse clinics (she’s quite the equestrian) plus feels like she has to save SOME vacation time for her husband. So, I travel solo sometimes. I’ve been to Canada on my own, visiting Montana and North Dakota on the way home from Banff and Jasper. And I’ve…

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Morocco

Morocco

Morocco has been on my must-see list for ages. Kelly and I planned this for a few weeks after my daughter’s wedding, September of 2017. It took us a while to finalize our plans. There is so much to see in this gorgeous country. And all the travel sites and blogs I read about Morocco and lists of “top things to see and do” made it difficult as I wanted to see it all. We both earn a decent amount…

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