Category Archive: U.S. National Parks

Ofu, American Samoa

Ofu Beach is the closest I’ll ever get to tropical paradise. An endless stretch of soft, white sand.  Palm trees waving gently in the ocean breeze.  Jungle-covered mountains shaped like shark’s teeth rising… Continue reading

Pago Pago, American Samoa

So far the most challenging part of my traveling-instead-of-working life has been avoiding excessive laziness between trips.  For most of January I puttered around Marie’s place in Mountain View and over-consumed media.  Marie… Continue reading

From Denver, Colorado to Mountain View, California

It’s always great to spend time at my parents’ place in Denver.  For almost two weeks I hung out with my family, ate unbeatable mom-cooked food, caught up on photos, and was generally… Continue reading

From Mountain View, California to Aspen, Colorado

Alaska left me pretty beat, but after a couple of great weeks at Marie’s place in Mountain View I was recharged and ready for another roadtrip – this time to meet some of… Continue reading

Denali National Park and Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Alaska’s fickle summer weather threw a wet blanket on my plan to camp in Denali National Park for a few nights.  Rain splattered down as I drove from Fairbanks to Denali, and the… Continue reading

Kobuk Valley National Park and Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska

Getting to Kobuk Valley and Gates of the Arctic takes some effort.  The two National Parks sit in the middle of northern Alaska’s vast wilderness, with no roads and no facilities.  Most visitors… Continue reading

The Alaska Highway and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Canada and Alaska

I had a lot of reasons for wanting to make the 6,000-mile roundtrip drive to Alaska.  The scenery would undoubtedly be amazing.  It would be fun to check out more of Canada.  I’d… Continue reading

Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

My flight from Mongolia back to the US was long but happily uneventful, and after a great week with my family in Denver I drove to Marie’s place in Mountain View.  My only… Continue reading

Zion National Park, Utah and Page, Arizona

From Death Valley I drove straight to Zion National Park.  For most of the year Zion blocks private cars from the valley, but the road is open in February and I enjoyed being… Continue reading

Yosemite National Park and Death Valley National Park, California

Here’s how I described Yosemite’s amazing ‘Firefall’ after first seeing it back in 2010: “Horsetail Falls is a small seasonal waterfall that only appears in late winter and early spring.  It flows over… Continue reading