Monthly Archive: September, 2011

Zion National Park, Utah and Page, Arizona

From Yellowstone National Park I headed south to another of our country’s most beautiful places: the incredible canyons and deserts that stretch along the border of southern Utah and northern Arizona.  I began… Continue reading

Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

With mixed emotions I left Kansas City and drove west.  I looked forward to wandering around a few more National Parks on my way back to San Francisco, but no longer could I… Continue reading

Prairie Village, Kansas (Third Visit)

Only very rarely over the past year have I stayed in one place for more than a few days.  The last time I stopped moving for a full week was when I met… Continue reading

Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida and Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

Key West is an odd city.  It’s even odd in the context of Florida, which is itself an odd state.  Only about one-fourth of Key West has relatively normal homes and businesses.  Half… Continue reading

Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park, Florida

The city of Homestead turned out to be an ideal base for exploring all three of the National Parks in southern Florida.  Biscayne National Park is just nine miles to the east.  Everglades… Continue reading

Yosemite National Park, California

Being back in the United States gave me a chance to reverse the past year’s typical pattern and fly to visit Marie instead of the other way around.  Marie had somehow been able to secure a… Continue reading

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee and Congaree National Park, South Carolina

Is it common knowledge that Dollywood – a family-friendly Vegas surrogate that targets the countrified Ned Flanders demographic – sits just outside the northern entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park?  I was expecting to… Continue reading