Tag Archives: National & State Parks

Are Our Parks National?

With our federal government beholden to the rigid politics of the Tea Party, many travelers have become aware that National Parks are not on the list of “essential services”.  I’ve chimed in on the politics of the budget antics on … Continue reading

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Brown Sign: Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA

As you drive south on Highway 1, the mountains present a last series of cliffs from Gorda to Ragged Point.  Approaching San Simeon, the mountains pull back from the water, leaving a coastal plan and low bluffs.  Open beaches begin … Continue reading

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Brown Sign: A Morning at Point Lobos

The fog stayed ambivalent through the sunrise and breakfast.  One moment, the clouds would begin to consolidate, rise, and provide an opening to the sky. Then, again, it would spread and settle upon the valley’s ceiling, filtering the red and … Continue reading

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Brown Sign: Shenandoah National Park, Hazel River Trail

During our courting days, Linda brought me out to Shenandoah National Park to stay at a cabin in Big Meadows.  We completed several loop hikes from the top of Skyline Drive, some in heavy downpours.  This is were we resolved … Continue reading

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Brown Sign: Bird Knob, Massanutten Mountain

How often do we neglect the beauty in our own back yards?  As I wrote about with Blackwater Falls, places within close driving range, we may drive through rather than drive to.  Here we go again, visiting a location that … Continue reading

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Brown Sign: Blackwater Falls State Park, WV

How often do we travel to distant corners of the world, while forgetting to enjoy sights in our backyards?  Twenty years ago, we hiked in the headwaters of the Cheat River, which originates in the highland bogs of Canaan Valley. … Continue reading

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Brown Sign: Cape Point Peninsula Drive, South Africa

From Cape Town, with a rental car, a day should be devoted to driving the peninsula to Cape Point.  This can be done as a circle, covering the eastern side of the peninsula in the morning and wester coast in … Continue reading

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South African Lodging

We have arrived in Cape Town, after our safari in the eastern parks of South Africa.  While I have mentioned our lodging, I have not highlighted how much we have enjoyed each location.  We have rented an apartment, our first … Continue reading

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Brown Sign: Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa

As we began our journey northward toward Johannesburg, we spent two nights at Castle Peak Hotel in the Drakensberg Mountains.  The clouds that have been following us around South Africa, joined us for dinner, covering the peaks in mist, then … Continue reading

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On Safari: Color

After two nights of rain, our day to leave from Hluhuluwe brought us a bright sunrise.  We drove down the mountains, crossing into the iMfolozi section of the park, on our way to Shakaland.  As we passed by meadows of … Continue reading

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