United States Journals

National Parks of the Western USA #1

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A September 2001 trip to United States by MilwVon

David at the Grand Canyon Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona More Photos
Quote: Features a number of the US Parks and National Monuments I've visited. This is the first in a series of several highlighting the NPS.

The Grand Canyon North Rim

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Von at the Canyon Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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Staying in Las Vegas and wanting to do the day trip but not with a tour group like Gray Line, we decided to take the rental car and drive up to the Grand Canyon. I think most who visit the Grand Canyon visit the southern rim primarily because it is more accessible from that side and the weather is not quite as severe as it is on the northern rim. David had never seen the Grand Canyon when we made this trip so I knew he’d be in for a special experience. Having personally been to the southern side more than once, I wasn’t really sure if there would be much of a difference seeing “the big hole” from the north. Not that I’m an expert by any stretch of the imagination, but to me the canyon did look dee...Read More

Zion National Park

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At the Entrance to Zion NP Photo, Springdale, Utah
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This trip was also in September 2001 when we took the 18-hour “day trip” to the north rim of the Grand Canyon (see separate entry on that experience). Given that Zion National Park was not our destination, but more the journey that took us to the Grand Canyon, we didn’t do much more than drive through and enjoy the scenery here. The road was in very good condition allowing us to drive 45 to 50 miles per hour for most of our time in the park.Part of the Colorado Plateau, this is a very high arid climate. The sandstone cliffs are some of the highest in the world, with many natural arches and other spectacular formations. On the day of our trip through Zion, the sky was bright blue with lar...Read More

Death Valley National Park

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Rugged Landscape  Photo, Death Valley, California
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In September 2001 we decided to take a day trip out of Las Vegas to Death Valley, California. It was warm (around 90°F) in Vegas that morning. It was HOT in Death Valley with a high of 112°F! If I’m not mistaken, we were there during a long heat wave of over 100 days over 100 degrees. The other thing that you do notice, as cliché as it is, it is truly a dry heat. I was surprised at how dry and parched my skin felt after day driving and walking around the park.We were amazed at the colors in the desert. The colorful sandstone and rock formations had been named for their beauty. Artist’s Drive which includes the Artist’s Palette is probably the best area of the park that is representati...Read More

Petroglyph National Monument

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Petroglyph National Monument Photo, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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In Albuquerque for the 2000 American Bowling Congress’s annual championship tournament, I took advantage of some much needed time off to venture up into the hills above the city to the Petroglyph National Monument. Located just outside of the city limits, this newer member of the National Park Service network (1990), was definitely worth the morning spent walking and admiring the artwork of the natives who lived along the Rio Grande Valley.Along the walkway you will find numerous drawings carved into the rocks. The carvings into the volcanic stone later oxidized creating the opportunity for the sketches to come alive to visitors today. Many are recognizable as figures synonymous with the peopl...Read More

Petroglyph National Monument
6001 Unser Blvd Northwest
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87120
+1 505 899 0205

Yosemite National Park

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Yosemite National Park Photo, Yosemite National Park, California
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Yosemite National Park is located in east central California and is probably best known for its ancient giant sequoias. Another absurd “day trip” this one from Lake Tahoe, Nevada we were lucky to get there and even luckier to get back! It was May of 1992 when my first husband and I were in Reno for the national bowling championships. With bowling behind us, I really wanted to go to California to see the infamous redwood trees of Yosemite. Looking at the map, it was a mere couple of inches. Using the map’s legend, I calculated it to be probably 120 to 150 miles or maybe three hours. Piece of cake, right?? WRONG! What the map didn’t depict was the zigging and zagging of the mountain roads going ...Read More