Category Archives: National Parks

Phoenix in the Distance – Amazing South Mountain Park

I recently got back from spending a few incredible days in Arizona exploring the Phoenix area with my niece Alex. It was our first trip together, and we had a blast. We had so much fun doing such things as the OdySea Aquarium, and the Open Air Market, that we planned another trip together next year, lol.  Anyway, while in the Phoenix area we were able to visit beautiful South Mountain Park. Apparently it is the largest municipal park in the United States, and is one of the largest urban parks in North America. It has been designated as a Phoenix Point of Pride.  Continue reading Phoenix in the Distance – Amazing South Mountain Park

Breathtaking Red Sandstone Formations in Sedona, AZ

Sedona To say Sedona is beautiful or gorgeous is a huge understatement. It has to be one of the most exquisite places in the southwest. It’s something you have to see for yourself. The locals say there is magic in the handsome red-rocks, and I believe them. I was definitely smitten from the first time I saw them. We got there at night, so we didn’t get to see them until we woke up. What a site to wake up to. I thought I had died and gone to heaven when I opened the room blinds.  We stayed at the Sedona Summit, which was part of our time share we had at the time. It is a quiet resort and everyone was very friendly. Unfortunately we only had two days there.  Continue reading Breathtaking Red Sandstone Formations in Sedona, AZ

DrFumblefinger Likes the Colorado Rockies

Ultimate Blog Challenge Day 6 – This is really one of the blogs I really want to share on this post, Travel Gumbo. The owner’s name is drfumblefiner, and he has really been a constant resource of support and information. I actually do several posts on his site, and enjoy it very much. Here is a little about him in his own words. Continue reading DrFumblefinger Likes the Colorado Rockies

“Escape from Alcatraz” – Alcatraz Island in San Francisco

alcatrazWhen I think about San Francisco, some of the first things I think of is the Golden Gate Bridge and AT&T Park where the Giants play. However, for many people, when they think of San Francisco, they may think of Alcatraz Island across the San Francisco Bay. Granted it is impressive, and there is a lot of history on this former high-security prison which existed from 1934 to 1963. Continue reading “Escape from Alcatraz” – Alcatraz Island in San Francisco

Garden of the Gods Park and Visitor Center – Colorado Springs

Garden of the Gods - Visitor Center ViewRecently one of my nieces was here visiting from California and I wanted to see some natural beauty and do a little hiking.  Thus we decided to visit Garden of The Gods in Colorado Springs. I have been there a few times since moving here to Denver, but never knew how it got its name or why? I did a little research and this is what I found. Continue reading Garden of the Gods Park and Visitor Center – Colorado Springs

Statue of Liberty and Liberty State Park – NJ

Liberty State Park 1Located in Jersey City, NJ opposite of Ellis Island, Liberty State Park is bordered by water on three sides: on the north by the Morris Canal Big Basin and on the south and east by Upper New York Bay. As such, it offers daily ferries to Statue of Liberty National Monument, Ellis Island and Liberty Island. Check out their website for more info.  Continue reading Statue of Liberty and Liberty State Park – NJ

Scotts Bluff National Monument, Nebraska

 Scotts BluffOn a trip to see the Iowa State Capitol and the Nebraska State Capitol, we decided to spend part of a day at Scottsbluff in western Nebraska. It was very interesting and full of history, but quite dry. Our dog wasn’t too happy about that, but she got over it  🙂  Continue reading Scotts Bluff National Monument, Nebraska

Valley of Fire – Carrizozo, New Mexico

Valley of FireWhat a surprise we found here in the city of Carrizozo, Valley of Fire. It is located in New Mexico on the northern part of the Tularosa Basin between Sierra Blanca to the southeast and the Oscura Mountains to the west. This was an amazing place to visit on our way from Roswell to Albuquerque. We stopped because someone at the White Sand Dunes had told us about this place on a previous trip. We had never been yet, so we decided to stop and check it out. Continue reading Valley of Fire – Carrizozo, New Mexico

Ruby Falls – One of Southeast’s Must See Attractions

Ruby Falls
While visiting some friends in Tennessee, we decided to tour Ruby Falls in Chattanooga.  It is a 145-foot high underground waterfall located within Lookout Mountain. The Falls are located at the end of the main passage of Ruby Falls Cave, in a large vertical shaft. The stream, 1120 feet underground, is fed both by rainwater and natural springs. It collects in a pool in the cave floor and then continues through the mountain until finally joining the Tennessee River at the base of Lookout Mountain. Continue reading Ruby Falls – One of Southeast’s Must See Attractions

Our 8 Glorious Days on the Island of Oahu – Part 2

 

Waterfall 2Aloha again. I am Roxanne and here is part 2 of the post that my sister Samantha over at Our Traveling Blog asked me to write about our 25th anniversary to the amazing Island of Oahu. We had eight glorious days, did not want to leave, and definitely want to go back. Here is the first part of our trip if you missed it – Our 8 Glorious Days on the Island of Oahu – Pt 1 Continue reading Our 8 Glorious Days on the Island of Oahu – Part 2