Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is well loved by people in Southern California and it's famous for its stars. Mr. Misadventures and I spent a long weekend in Palm Springs in 2011 and visited the park but didn't spend a ton of time checking out every nook and cranny. Joshua Tree had seemed to elude my hubby, we had thought to visit when we were staying at Borrego Springs but it was just too far a … [Read more...]

Yellowstone Redux

We really enjoyed our 10-day visit to Yellowstone National Park in May so we felt doubly blessed and privileged to be able to spend an additional three weeks in the park in September/October.  It wasn't the original plan. That was for eight days. Time we had gleaned from shortening our trips to Missoula and Glacier National Park. However, Mr. Misadventures was like a kid in a candy store and it … [Read more...]

Glacier National Park

I have been struggling with writing this post. The whole time we were in Glacier, for eleven days, I pondered about what to say about Glacier National Park. Several people I know, friends and family, who have visited this park say it's their favorite. I can imagine that during the summer the scenery must be stunning. However, for our trip I guess we had just too much weather. Just about every … [Read more...]

Happy 100 Years to the National Park Service!!

I'm a little bit ashamed to admit this, but prior to this year I didn't have a real appreciation for our national park system.  Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Yosemite was always peripherally there, but my only conscious thoughts about that park was to avoid it in the summer! We did have a couple of lovely visits to this park in the winter though. Boy was I wrong. Taking this year off … [Read more...]

Yellowstone National Park (Part 2)

Our first couple of days in Yellowstone National Park were exciting. Bears and bison and more bears and bison! And babies! But there is a lot more wildlife to see. Like elk. We definitely saw more elk in Grand Teton, so when we spotted them in Yellowstone, we stopped. There were beautiful white pelicans. Isn't this couple adorable? And pronghorn deer. (We saw a lot … [Read more...]

Yellowstone National Park (Part 1)

I didn't prepare for Yellowstone National Park. I actually never really had much interest in visiting. I hate crowds and this park attracts people from all over the world. Even visiting in the off-season, there were more people here than all the other parks we visited this year. Mr. Misadventures had been to Yellowstone before. A four day photography trip last September right in the middle of … [Read more...]

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park is pristinely beautiful. The mountainscape reminds me so much of Switzerland. Pre-season a lot of the area that is accessible by car is closed, unless you hike, you really can visit the main attractions in one day. But since we had a week we took our time. We did sunrises and sunsets in the same spots on different days in different weather conditions. Oxbox … [Read more...]

Arches National Park

We visited Arches National Park a couple of times during our 13 day stay in Moab. Given its popularity and the fact that it was National Park week with free entry, it was crowded and we limited our time there.  I thought this post would be best served as a photo essay. There is no doubt that the easy accessibility of the beautiful rock formations is captivating! Right away you are met with … [Read more...]

Offroad Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef National Park is probably one of the lesser known parks in Utah.  Zion and Bryce Canyon, Arches and Canyonlands are far more popular. But now that I have been to all of Utah's Mighty 5, I'd have to say it was my favorite. I guess I love an underdog. There is a fairly large area of Capitol Reef that is family friendly and accessible. We visited inside the park and stopped in Fruita, … [Read more...]

Weekly Wanderings #15 – Grand Junction

Our week in Grand Junction was relatively quiet. We arrived in Colorado on Friday coming from Moab. After two weeks in Canyonlands and Arches National Parks and almost four full months in the Southwest, I was ready for some alpine green! On Saturday we headed to Colorado National Monument to scope out what photo opportunities we had.  We quickly realized that it was a pretty small park. Turned … [Read more...]