Lots of travel memories have been popping up for me lately. March is when I typically take my first trip of the year, so I’ve been looking at photos from March trips to Zion, Monument Valley and Antelope Canyon, Toronto and, last but not least, Paso Robles. I never did blog the Paso Robles trip because, well, lots of wine was consumed on that trip and blogging it was the last thing… Read More

Death Valley is home to the lowest point in North America, but there is so much more to see. From amazing viewpoints overlooking Badwater Basin to a giant crater to the Mesquite Flat sand dunes, to the eerie landscape of the Racetrack, Death Valley offers a unique landscape that will leave you with new appreciation for the desert. How to get there Death Valley National Park is most easily accessed from Las… Read More

[White Sands National Park, TX, Jan 19, 2020] By the time White Sands became a national park in December 2020, we had already made our plans for Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe. But once I realized White Sands is just 90 minutes away from El Paso, TX, which we were flying in and out of, I was sure I could squeeze it into our trip. To make room, we decided to visit Carlsbad… Read More

Many of the national parks in the West offer amazing accommodations – historic hotels and lodges built at the beginning of the 20th century. Many from the list below were coming of age at this time. Train travel made America’s national parks more accessible, creating the need for accommodations within or nearby. Spending the nightat a national park lodge isn’t cheap, and the amenities one might expect at that price point are… Read More

[Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Jan 18, 2020] After spending the morning in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, we headed to Guadalupe Mountains, just 30 minutes away. These mountains were once a reef in the same inland sea that covered the Carlsbad Caverns! Today, Guadalupe is home to the four highest peaks in Texas and to a diverse collection of animal and plant life. We began our visit with a stop at Pine Springs… Read More