Joshua Tree National Park

Winter Holidays 2021 Day 11- Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park, California After staying with friends in Los Angeles, we drove 2 ½  hours to Yucca Valley, where we grabbed a to-go lunch from Yucca Tree Eatery.  There are no dining options once you enter Joshua Tree National Park, but there were many other café and fast food options along Highway 62. We entered … Continue reading Joshua Tree National Park

Roanoke Island, North Carolina

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island North Carolina Aquariums have three campuses; Roanoke Island, Pine Knoll Shores, and Fort Fisher. The Roanoke Island museum features indoor exhibits and a large outdoor nature trail. The museum hosts the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation Center, with each rescued turtle’s information displayed. In the next space, children learn about sea turtle conservation through a series of interactive exhibits. … Continue reading Roanoke Island, North Carolina

Washington DC- Memorials & places For Remembrance and reflection

All off the National Memorials are free to visit (the only place on this blog that requires a fee to tour is the Washington National Cathedral), and most are easy to see in less than a full day. The circulator bus is $1/person/ride and provides easy access to all of the monuments around the Tidal Basin and Reflecting Pool. Use the National Parks Jr. Ranger … Continue reading Washington DC- Memorials & places For Remembrance and reflection

Yellowstone National Park, September 2013

Geothermic Activity With home base as Grand Teton National Park, we tackled Yellowstone National Park as a Day Trip. Old Faithful was an hour and a half drive from our Lodge. We arrived just after breakfast, caught the required famous geyser eruption (short volcano, unscientifically speaking), then had a cafeteria lunch in the Old Faithful Lodge. From there we started the park loop for your … Continue reading Yellowstone National Park, September 2013

OBX, May 2021

Salt Box Cafe & Dessert Salt Box Cafe, hidden in the Colington section of Kill Devil Hills has been our take-out option for the last year. This trip we dined in person. The restaurant is small, so reservations fill quickly, but the screened in patio takes walk-ins. We followed our serene upscale dining experience with a stop at the tourist trap, Sugar Kingdom. At the … Continue reading OBX, May 2021

Walking OBX, April 2021

Hatteras Village- Frisco Our jumping off point for Hatteras has always been Hatteras Landing by Kees Vacations. The small “resort” is a series of small condos, each individually owned and decorated. Our most recent accommodation was completely updated. The resort is a quick walk across the road to a public access beach. If you have a more sandworthy vehicle than our Subaru Forester, you can … Continue reading Walking OBX, April 2021

Portsmouth Island, North Carolina

Portsmouth Village Portsmouth Village has been abandoned since 1971, and the remaining buildings are managed by the National Park Service. There were no volunteers or staff during our visit, but many of the the structures have been turned into museums and were open to tour. The Theodore and Annie Salter House and Visitor Center features exhibits that provide a cultural history of the people of … Continue reading Portsmouth Island, North Carolina

Grand Teton National Park & Jackson, Wyoming, 2013

Spring Creek Ranch In my Salt Lake City blog I outlined the story behind why we went to Grand Teton National Park with only one day’s prior planning. Our drive from SLC took us through Idaho and on our first night in Wyoming we stayed just south of the Park, at the Spring Creek Ranch. Grand Tetons I hate heights. Let me caveat that… I … Continue reading Grand Teton National Park & Jackson, Wyoming, 2013

Appalachian Foothills, Virginia- March, 2021

airbnb Prior to 2020, we stayed almost exclusively in hotels and at resorts. With social distancing we began using AirBNB. This weekend, severe storms thwarted our trip to OBX, so we decided to look elsewhere. Phenix, Virginia, in the Blue Ridge foothills, would never have been on our travel list if it weren’t for AirBNB. Our rental was confirmed at 8:30am and two hours later … Continue reading Appalachian Foothills, Virginia- March, 2021

Utah, 2013

Salt Lake City was never on our short list of travel destinations. Originally we were flying into San Francisco for a Yosemite National Park vacation. Unfortunately the park closed due to wildfires, so on the day of our departure we switched our National Park trip to visit Yellowstone and Grand Teton. Salt Lake City was our airport bookend for the road trip to Wyoming. We … Continue reading Utah, 2013

Acadia National Park, Maine, USA

Our family has visited Acadia National Park (almost) every summer since 2014. Acadia National Park is on Mount Desert Island, which consists mostly of the Park and the town of Bar Harbor. It was originally home to the Wabanaki people before the large-scale arrival of Europeans in the 1600s. Sand Beach You haven’t tested your resilience until you’ve dipped your toes into the frigid water of … Continue reading Acadia National Park, Maine, USA