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Best of Mammoth Cave National Park

      Mammoth Cave National Park claims to be the largest cave system in the world. Whether that is true or not, it is certainly extensive and fascinating, as all caves tend to be.  Although park literature tries to encourage visitors … Continue reading

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Best of Denali National Park

     Denali is a name given to what I knew as Mount McKinley when I was growing up. In the native Athabascan language of this part of Alaska, it means “the high one.” In fact, it is a very “high … Continue reading

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Best of Glacier Bay National Park

     Glacier Bay National Park is one of the best places in the world to see glaciers. Very accessible now via cruise ship, this amazing landscape takes your breath away. To see the effects and the presence of glaciers up … Continue reading

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Best of Petrified Forest National Park

     This park, located in eastern Arizona, is easily accessed from Albuquerque, New Mexico, since it is just over the state line. The park features trees that were buried quickly by sediments, about 225 million years ago. They fossilized under … Continue reading

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Best of Carlbad Caverns National Park

     The Carlsbad Caverns are one of the premier cave systems in the world. Located in southern New Mexico, the area is replete with underground wonderlands, including some which have only been recently discovered.         Another attraction of Carlsbad is … Continue reading

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Best of Acadia National Park

    As the only national park in the populous northeast, Acadia is extremely popular, visited by millions each year. It is a patchwork of properties, linked together by roads, incorporating whole villages, several islands, and small communities. There is even a … Continue reading

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Kansas City & West — Aftermath

     To all my readers:           Thanks for following along on our trip. I hope that I have caused you to add (or maybe subtract) places on your “Bucket List.” I know that this trip allowed me to cross off … Continue reading

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Kansas City & West — Day 15 (Kansas City, again)

       Our final leg (420 miles) was rapid and uneventful. It took a total of 6 hours & 15 minutes, including a lengthy stop for lunch and gas in Abilene, once a famous cowboy town). I-70 has a 75 mile … Continue reading

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Kansas City & West — Day 14 (Goodland, KS)

      Well, our trip is winding down. We left Vernal, Utah, this morning prepared (we hoped)to drive the 540 miles to Goodland, Kansas, approximately halfway to the end of our road trip. Rather than use my own directions, we put … Continue reading

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Kansas City & West — Day 13 (Vernal, UT)

     This is our last true day of sightseeing. We began the day with a lovely ride along Utah Rte 128, also known as the Centennial Highway from Moab to Interstate 70 near the Colorado state line. The road traverses the … Continue reading

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