Day 30: Journey(s) & Meg’s Birthday!

THE Journey – Life.  A friend of mine has on her signature line: 

"Enjoy the journey." - Cathy Church

This simple, yet profound, sentiment is how she lives her life – upbeat, helping others and the environment  #CathyChurch

Thanks for joining us, hosting us, being a part of our 13K mile, 27 State, over 32 National Parks and Monuments, with detours/audibles/stops along the way journey.  It was an...

Day 29: New Orleans & Rick’s Birthday!

New Orleans is not a National Park, but I do consider it a National Treasure – and a great place to spend a birthday!

Perhaps this is a good place to bring up the importance of photos – and how they help relive memories. 

27 years ago, I was given the best present of my life:  my daughter.  She was born 43 minutes after my birthday, so...

Mexico – Visual and Historical perspectives

Day 28

Today’s “parks”, Big Bend (National Park) and The Alamo (National Historic Landmark), provide unique perspectives.

On Day 27 we drove to the park that claims the best stargazing due to being the most remote from light:  Big Bend National Park.  The night sky provided a different type of light show – lightning.  Setting our alarm for every 2 hours, just in case the sky cleared, we finally...

50 States!!

Day 26 – Antelope Canyon, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest National Park

A Sunbeam lights my Sunshine (corny but true) – Antelope Canyon is not a National Park, but was on Meg’s bucket list – I think you’ll see why when you look at the pics.

The day’s next adventure was Painted Desert – includes Petrified Forest National Park – pretty cool – touching wood that has become rock and hills that take on...

Day 23: California Kelp – and more

With “only” 30 days to complete The Journey, we considered not going to Channel Islands National Park to dive the California Kelp Forest – so glad we took the day to do so…

After a restful bed in Burbank (thanks bro), drive to Long Beach, ferry to Avalon/Catalina Island, and in the water at noon, the Garibaldi (the official marine state fish of California) – and more – were...

Day 22: California Dreaming

8 of the 58 National Parks are located in California.  The Journey will bring us through six.  On Monday we visited three:  Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia. 

Yes, a breakneck pace – and as Meg and I reflect on the last three weeks, we realize it’s almost sensory overload – we have seen SO MUCH – in such a short period of time.  Live Life! 

Having now traveled over 8,500...


Day 20

Crater Lake National Park was formed by a VERY big volcano – the lake is 6 miles across and 2000 feet deep.  We’re talking BIG VOLCANO.

Smoke fills the air from active fires, perhaps reminiscent of eons gone by when the volcano was formed, and unfortunately the wonderful blue lake is a hazy grey.  Well, you know me – I had to see what our software could do to clean...

Does it count on The Journey road trip if I take a picture outside of the United States, of the United States, of one of our parks...?

Actually, Niagara Falls is a State Park, not a National Park, so "doesn't qualify".

Business called so had to jump on a plane, funny way to travel, and take a brief pause from The Journey. 


Can't wait to see Crater Lake on Saturday! 

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Day 15:

I’ve traveled to Seattle for business many times, have hit the tourist spots and even drove up to the Cascades once in winter with a good friend and business associate, but had never ventured over to Olympic National Park – just “never had the time”. 

It’s a full day driving commitment – and worth every minute.  Experience the biosphere diversity of mountains, forest, rainforest, and beaches – all in one day...

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