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June 30, 2018

And the award for the tallest State welcome sign goes to South Dakota!

Wind Cave National Park is the 8th oldest national park.  It is also one of the biggest maze cave systems in the world.  It also contains rare boxwork formations that are not found hardly anywhere el...

June 26, 2018

 L-R Sierra Gilman, Teddy, Schyeler Gilman

The Castillo is another very special place for our family.  Anna was 8 the first time we went to St. Augustine, FL.  It was Halloween and she was dressed in her pretty princess dress.  She was Trick or Treating on St. George St...

June 26, 2018

L-R Sierra Gilman, Teddy, & Schyeler Gilman 

Fort Mantanzas is located 14 miles south of St. Augustine, FL.  In order to understand Fort Mantanzas it is helpful to understand The Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, because Mantanzas was built (1740) to protect St....

June 25, 2018

Well, there was a LOT of snow at Lassen Volcanic National Park!  Poor Teddy without his coat and gloves!

I have to tell you a funny story.  The night before I was driving to Lassen and noticed in the distance that it looked like a lot of snow up there.  One of the phone...

June 25, 2018

Once again, I was treated to great hospitality and a wonderful meal on my way from Yosemite to Redwoods.  I stopped in to see my dear friend Bee, her kind husband Steve, and sweet daughter Nicole.  I have known Bee 30 years and she is like a little sister to me.  We ha...

June 25, 2018

 I think Yosemite wins the prettiest National Park sign!

After King's Canyon, I picked up Cindy Lovelace, CEO of The Healing NET Foundation in Fresno, CA at the airport.  We had been invited to stay with her cousin & his wife, John & Christine Reynolds.  John is the Pos...

June 12, 2018


What?!?  Why is there a state park in here with National Parks and Monuments?  Well, it was such a pretty hike that I felt it was worth putting in the blog.  I had some spare time for hiking and decided to go look at Canada.  Have they really built a hedge to keep us...

June 12, 2018

 I have to say, that I thoroughly enjoyed this National Monument.  The visitor center was beautiful and the grounds and buildings of this historic fort were so educational.

The fort was built on the shores of Lake Superior by the North West Trading Company.  Europe...

June 4, 2018

My Dad always said, "Nothing so bad, but what there is something good about it".  Not grammatically correct Dad, but message received.

Running in downpours isn't my favorite thing, but I stopped in my tracks when I saw this plant. There was this beautiful drop of pure r...

June 3, 2018

It was a chilly sunny afternoon when I arrived in Acadia National Park.  After setting up camp I took a little hike and went to Bar Harbor for more walking and dinner. Bar Harbor (say Bah Hah-bah) is technically not part of the park but is completely surrounded by the...

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