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Getting up early for the sunrise was just part one of an amazing day cruising through Glacier Bay National Park. Part two was the actual glaciers themselves. We got our first glimpse of a glacier shortly after 9am: Reid Glacier. Sailing through Glacier Bay, we were treated to beautiful scenery: At around 9:30am we arrived at Margerie Glacier. The captain stopped the ship and we got to observe for about an hour…. Read More

If you’re in the Key West area, you need to take a daytrip to Fort Jefferson, part of the Dry Tortugas National Park. If want to just get away from it all–this is the place! Fort Jefferson, built in the mid-1800s and used during the Civil War, is surrounded by the most beautiful blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico that you will ever see. There are two main ways to get… Read More

Going west on Utah Highway 12 to/from Bryce Canyon National Park, you pass through Red Canyon, part of the Dixie National Forest. It’s worth pulling in to stop for a bit. Some beautiful scenery, hiking trails, and a popular paved biking trail. Below are some photos.

After leaving Zion National Park, we headed down the beautiful Zion – Mount Carmel Highway for the 1hr. 30 min. drive to Bryce Canyon National Park. In some ways, Bryce Canyon is the opposite of Zion. At Zion, you’re at the bottom looking up. At Bryce, you’re at the top looking down. It’s also at a higher elevation: some points are at 9,000 feet. You get beautiful, sweeping views at Bryce and… Read More

I did it – the hike to Angels Landing at Utah’s Zion National Park! If you’re up to it and are not scared of heights, this is the hike to do at Zion. Warning: since 2004, six people have died from falling off of the cliffs on this trail. This isn’t a footrace. Watch where you’re walking and take your time. I started early (well, early for me!) and was at the… Read More

This was my first visit to Utah and I got to cross one thing off of my bucket list: Zion National Park. Flew into Las Vegas, rented a car, and drove the 2hr. and 45 min. to Springdale, Utah–gateway to the park. My home base for Zion was the Best Western Zion Park Inn. Great hotel! Had a nice room with cathedral ceilings, swimming pool on the grounds, two on-site restaurants, and… Read More

What a different a day makes! After yesterday’s (see blog post) rain and fog, I awoke to blue skies and sunshine. Headed out the door at around 6:30am and drove to the top of Cadillac Mountain. Still breezy…but oh what a view! Next, I drove back to the part of the Park Loop Road that was still open (the remainder still closed due to sequestration) and did about a three hour hike… Read More

After waking up in Lubec, Maine (see blog post from yesterday), I got in my rental car and headed west on Maine Highway 189 until it joined US Highway 1 at Whiting. I was on my way to Acadia National Park (I had made my first visit in 2010)! The drive on US Highway 1 is supposed to be pretty, but mother nature had other plans. The whole coast was socked in… Read More

Started the morning in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Just finished a work conference there. My plan was to drive to Hopewell Rocks and then along the coast on my way back to Maine (I had flown into Bangor). Well…this morning the whole coast was socked in by fog and it was raining pretty steadily. So I went to plan B. I’m calling it: The Day I Crossed the US/Canada Border 5 Times…. Read More

Had a three-day weekend, so we drove up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to do some hiking at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. I hate it when people say the U.P. of Michigan is “empty.” Yeah it may not have loads of chain restaurants and parking lots, but it’s full of natural beauty and endless outdoor adventures. We made Munising our home base. Pictured Rocks is spread out across the Lake Superior… Read More