Utah’s Mighty 5 National Parks

Now that I am officially a Southwesterner, I can’t help but get excited about all the regional destinations that are right in my backyard! Whether it’s spots like Las Cruces or Santa Fe, new explorations in Tucson or planned trips to Albuquerque and Page, we are going to have plenty to do and we will be spoiled! Another area that I feel truly blessed to be near is the wonderful state and national … [Read more...]

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Weekend Explorations: Things to do in Tucson

Let me just get this out of the way. Tucson is awesome! It only took one weekend in town to fall completely head over heels in love. And we are already planning to return.  We knew when we started researching things to do in Tucson that there was way too much to see in a single weekend, but trust me, we made a valiant effort! Okay, clearly I need a lot more practice taking photos in front … [Read more...]

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3 RV Parks Near National Parks

We were so lucky to have visited twenty-one national park sites during our one year on the road. In my experience, when it comes to traveling by RV, finding RV parks near national parks is one of the most important factors of a good visit. At least in the Misadventures family. I didn't write a lot about the RV parks we stayed in.  We paid for all our stays on our own. Meaning I didn't do any … [Read more...]

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Zion National Park in the Winter

Our last little adventure before settling into Portland was visiting Zion National Park for two weeks. I feel so blessed to have been able to spend a significant amount of time in so many National Parks this year, and Zion was no different.  Mr. Misadventures and I had visited Zion during out Southwest roadtrip in 2012, but it was only for about 36 hours, which wasn't nearly enough time to explore … [Read more...]

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America’s Treasure – National Parks

[Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Application ESTA, but all opinions and experiences are my own.] One of the greatest gifts my year-long sabbatical has provided is a new found love for our national parks system. I had the opportunity to visit 21 National Parks, Monuments, Wildlife Refuges or Recreation Areas. And while that seems like a lot, Mr. Misadventures and I have only scratched … [Read more...]

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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...]

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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...]