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Visiting Boquillas, Mexico

While at Big Bend National Park I made some noises about wanting to cross over into Mexico at least once just. I also wanted a…

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Within the northern boundaries of the Chihuahuan Desert of western Texas resides an underrated gem of the National Park System: Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Do…

Carlsbad Caverns: Left Hand Tunnel

Crisis in the Caves, 1979 On a hot July day in 1979, four men entered the elevator leading down into the Big Room of Carlsbad…

Carlsbad Caverns: Slaughter Canyon Cave

Tom's Missing Goats Tom Tucker went searching for a group of missing goats back in on hot July day in 1937. Eventually, he found his…

Carlsbad Caverns: Lower Cave

Carlsbad Caverns National Park offers a series of Ranger Guided tours that take you through caves off the beaten path. Some are called "Wild Cave"…

Carlsbad Caverns: The Big Room

Young Jim White's Adventure Imagine it's 1898, and you are a young boy of 16 years old. Your father sent you out with your trusty…

Natural Entrance Trail in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Ancient Inland Sea Like many natural geological formations of Southwest America, Carlsbad Cavern's story starts over 280 million years ago, during a time known as…

White Sands National Monument

Millions of Years in the Making White Sands National Monument is the culmination of a process that started over 250 million years ago when the…

8 Free Things to Do at Balboa Park

Back in the 1800s, it was a common practice for the Spanish and Mexican governments to set aside large tracts of land for common use…

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park of New Mexico

While making our way through New Mexico, Trail and I decided to visit the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens which is both a Zoo and…

Co-Enabling Adventure

Trail and I are very different from one another in personality. While we very often like the same things, we approach them in very different…

Traveling Medicine: Hitch vs Gout

While in Big Bend Texas, I began to notice the big toe of my left foot was not feeling so great. It was kind of…

Bandelier National Monument

For our first few days in New Mexico, we took a day to visit Bandelier National Monument, an amazing location. This historical site was designated…

New Mexico Museum of Space History

Alamogordo New Mexico was one of America's early centers of space research and experimentation. It had the perfect climate, weather, topography, and remoteness for rocket research…

Colorado’s San Luis Valley

Over the course of a few days in October, we set out to explore the San Luis Valley, an area of Colorado that also includes…

Roswell: Alien Encounters

X-Files was something of a cultural touchstone for Trail. She delights in shows about sasquatch, aliens, ghosts, and lost magical treasures. While no true believer,…

Great Sand Dunes National Park

After what seemed like a brief visit to Rocky Mountain National Park, we drove south and east, where we spent a little over a week…

6 Tips for Visiting Rocky Mountain National Park

I'm going to be up front about this: Rocky Mountain National Park is very very crowded. Over 4.5 million visitors flock to this incredible land…

Rocky Mountain: Bear Lake Corridor Hike

With only a week to spend in Rocky Mountain National Park, I wanted to get the best bang for my hike. After much planning, I…

Rocky Mountain National Park: Old Fall River Road

When I think of great American Icons, Rocky Mountain ranks pretty high on the list, right up there with Grand Canyon and Yellowstone. I picked…

The Stanley Hotel

I have this thing about Stanley Kubrick's 1980s film, The Shining. I watch it annually as soon as October rolls around. I've read the book…

Badlands National Park Secrets

Back in August, I remember my giddy school-girl excitement in the days leading up to our visit to South Dakota and Badlands National Park. I…

Badlands National Park: Castle & Medicine Root Trails

When we visit a national park I usually plan a few scenic drives and a few hiking trips. For Badlands National Park, I set my…

Badlands National Park Scenic Drive

On an early September morning, I roust my husband by frying bacon and brewing a pot of tea; that usually gets Hitch up from a…

Above Wind Cave National Park

I find it sad that a majority of people who visit Wind Cave miss out on half the park. They come for the caves, which…

Wind Cave National Park

Bison, elk, pronghorn, and prairie dogs frolic among the tall grass and rolling prairie coated hills, meanwhile below and hidden from the sun, a complex…

Colorado Gator

As we drove into the San Luis Valley we started to see a series of large handmade signs advertising the presence of Alligators in this…

Black Hills National Forest

In the western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming, there stands a forest covering over a 1.2 million acres of hills and mountain lands. Rugged rock…

Preventing a Wasp Invasion in Your Airstream

Last year, Hitch and I decided to stay in the South King County area to spend Thanksgiving with friends and to see our families for…

Jewel Cave National Monument

Nestled within the Black Hills of South Dakota, hides a place of wonders deep within the dark bowels of the earth. Brilliant colored rocks and…

Minuteman Missile National Historic Park

Sometimes while traveling you find the side trips are just as amazing as the destination you had in mind. We decided to visit the Minuteman…

Devils Tower National Monument

Bear Lodge. Bear's Tipi. Tree Rock, Grey Butte. Aloft on a Rock. Bear's House. Bear's Lair. Home of the Bears. Mythic-owl Mountain. Ghost Mountian. Over…

Deadwood

I have never been an aficionado of the old west. While I've enjoyed my share of spaghetti westerns, I've never seriously studied the history and…

Glacier National Park: Lake McDonald Valley

Many visitors to Glacier National Park use the Lake McDonald Valley as a hub of activity on the west side. Massive glaciers filled the area…

The Crazy Horse Memorial

History of the Memorial The Crazy Horse Memorial is sort of the Native American answer to the Mt. Rushmore monument. A Lakota Chief by the name…

Mount Rushmore

On the whole, Mount Rushmore feels like some mix between a roadside tourist attraction and a national monument. Likely that is because it was first…

Glacier: Logan Pass

The bright afternoon sun shining over a glossy green field dotted with colorful wildflowers. Turning my head upward, I gape at dozens of craggy mountain…

Pirates vs. Wenches

Ere we set forth from the shores of Wyoming proper, Trail an' meself set our eyes on a bit o sport in the landlocked port…

Glacier National Park: Many Glacier

Many Glacier in Glacier National Park, feels like the Swiss alps. Extensive mountains, live glaciers, and crystal lakes provide a striking backdrop to any hike,…

Glacier National Park: Two Medicine

I regret not staying somewhere on the east side of Glacier National Park. Yes, there are a lot more a amenities on the west side,…

Glacier National Park: North Fork

I wanted seclusion. Guides and rangers told me that the uncrowded areas of the North Fork in Glacier National Park would be my best bet.…

Glacier: Going-To-The-Sun Road

Have you ever seen the 1980 film, The Shining? In the opening credits, we see the Torrance family car traveling northward along a lake and…

Little Bighorn Battlefield

On our way through Southern Montana, we decided to spend a day checking out the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. Like many of the historical…

Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park

When one visits Glacier National Park one must always hike to a glacier-fed alpine lake. For our first full day at the park, I set…

Yellowstone Lake

When Hitch and I set out to take a tour of Yellowstone Lake, we invited our friend, Luis, from Seattle. We drove 20 miles south…

Canyon District in Yellowstone National Park

"Yellowstone" originated from a term used by Minnetaree Tribe to describe Yellowstone River: "Mi tse a-da-zi," which literally translates to "Rock Yellow River." French Tappers…

Yellowstone: Roosevelt-Tower Area

On our driving tour of the Grand Loop, we decided to take a late morning brunch at Roosevelt Lodge upon reaching the Eastern half of…

Yellowstone: Norris Geyser Basin

Norris Geyser Basin first came to my attention when my newsfeed presented me with an article about a man who fell into a hot spring…

Yellowstone: Upper Geyser Basin

When I think Yellowstone I instantly think of Old Faithful, but the park is much more than just the one geyser. Earth harbors only about…

Yellowstone: Mammoth Hot Springs

Fissures, Faults & Water Angry steam billows upward in white plumes from bubbling rusty orange puddles swirled in limestone white, while an acrid rotten-egg smell of…