Craters of the Moon National Monument

Visiting Craters of the Moon National Monument was the highlight of my 2018 solo road-trip.

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Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park was the last park I visited on my 2018 solo road-trip. It was a very brief stop – half a day – just long enough to get a semi-decent overview of the national park. I had been to Badlands NP once before with my family in 2005, but I don’t remember much…

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Devils Tower National Monument

Devils Tower National Monument was the first National Monument dedicated in the United States. It is revered by Indigenous people, scientists, outdoor enthusiasts, and tourists alike.

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Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Long story short: I’M A JUNIOR RANGER AT LINCOLN BOYHOOD NATIONAL MEMORIAL!!!!!  I’m not excited or anything… 😀 Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial is very history based, so I thought the best way to learn about the memorial was to do the Junior Ranger Activity book. In order to become a Junior Ranger you have to…

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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is unique because it is a patchwork of protected lands broken into sections by harbors, factories, towns, and the state park. The beaches it protects are very popular with sunbathers and families in the summer. The winter brings great views and draws smaller crowds. The patchworkness of the park (yes I…

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Shawn and I made a super quick trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park on March 31 – April 1 2018. I had never been before which is surprising because we live only 5.5 hours away (turns out its more like 7 because of construction traffic) and Shawn hadn’t been since he was little kid.…

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Saguaro National Park – Rincon Mountain District (East)

Saguaro National Park in southern Arizona is split into two districts by the city of Tuscon: Saguaro East – Rincon Mountain District and Saguaro West – Tucson Mountain District. I visited the Rincon Mountain District in 2014 while working at my internship in Phoenix. It was my first of many weekend day-trips to explore the…

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Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park, located in Kentucky, is the longest known cave in the world. There are over 400 miles that have been explored underground so far. Individuals started giving tours of the cave by candle light as early at 1816. Now many of the tours given by Park Rangers use electric light. Jess and…

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