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[Sequoia National Park, Aug 26, 2020] On day 2 of this trip, we decided to devote our time to Sequoia National Park. It was established the same year as Kings Canyon (1890) to protect over 400,000 acres of forests. The park contains the highest peak in the contiguous US, Mt. Whitney at 14,421 ft (4,441 m) above sea level. Sequoia and Kings Canyon are adjacent and the National Park Service treats them… Read More

[Kings Canyon National Park, Aug 25, 2020] Kings Canyon was established in 1890 under the name General Grant National Park. In 1940, the park was expanded and renamed to Kings Canyon. It’s named after the glacier-carved valley more than a mile deep, making it one of the deepest canyons in North America. With air quality and heat still on the oppressive side, we decided to spend our first full day visiting the… Read More

[Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Apr 13, 2019] I woke up just before sunrise and just before my alarm. The faint light of the rising sun was making its way through my window. I was ready to explore Cuyahoga National Park, which preserves the rural landscape along the Cuyahoga river between Cleveland and Akron. Being adjacent to two large urban areas makes Cuyahoga somewhat unique, which explained why I was seeing homes right… Read More

[Grand Teton National Park, WY] One thing I cannot get used to here is the view of the Teton range from the lobby of our lodge. Every time we got up to second floor to get to the lobby, the picture window always takes my breadth away. We started off today with a drive along Teton Park Road, the most scenic road in the park. There were several turn-offs along the road…. Read More

[Yellowstone National Park, WY] Did you know that there is a Grand Canyon in Yellowstone? I didn’t either. Everyone seems to associate Yellowstone with Old Faithful, so I was surprised to find out that there is a canyon in here. The 20-mile Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is 1000 ft deep and 3/4 mile wide. Trails and roads flank both sides of the canyon. Trails and overlooks allow access to the 109-foot… Read More