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The Journey(s): Day 30

The Journey(s): Day 30

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 experience I’ll never forget – including many sights, experiences, old and new friends that I’ll equally never forget.

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The Journey(s): Day 29

The Journey(s): Day 29

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. 

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The Journey(s): Day 28

The Journey(s): Day 28

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 got up to the remaining sprinkles and to see the other site we came for:  the Rio Grande River.

With 3 enormous buzzards watching our movements, we enjoyed watching the night rains as a briskly flowing, full of debris, beautiful river.  On the other side:  Mexico.  Visually and naturally the same mountain range.   Ironic, to see how the country pieces fit together and then just hours later to be on the hallowed ground and historical dichotomy of The Alamo in the U.S./Mexico past.  Live and Let Live.

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The Journey(s): Day 26 & 27

The Journey(s): Day 26 & 27

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 a wide array of colors.

 

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The Journey(s): Day 25

The Journey(s): Day 25

Day 25: A Grand Day

The Journey has provided amazing views and experiences – and when you get to spend time at one of the Seven Natural Wonders – it’s a pretty amazing day – today’s National Park:  Grand Canyon

I’m reminded of an old Flintstones episode where Fred and Barney step over a small crack in the ground… well, it grew.

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The Journey(s): Day 22

The Journey(s): Day 22

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! 

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The Journey(s): Day 20 & 21

The Journey(s): Day 20 & 21

WEEKEND!

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.

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The Journey(s): Day 18 & 19

The Journey(s): Day 18 & 19

Day 18

Today I had time away from the National Parks Journey to take part in a side journey – I had a great time with the Foto Source folks at their Niagara Falls, Canada show!

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The Journey(s): Day 17

The Journey(s): Day 17

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. 

 

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The Journey(s): Day 16

The Journey(s): Day 16

Diving Puget Sound, Washington

Have you ever looked at an animal and wondered what they were thinking?  Or, feel you know what they’re thinking?  I think I know what this one is thinking:  “Whatcha lookin at?”

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The Journey(s): Day 5

The Journey(s): Day 5

Today was almost like going home day.  We visited Rocky Mountain National Park.  My wife and I met in Colorado and Meg chose to go to school here as well, so it allowed us to visit, revisit, and create new favorite places and friends.

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The Journey(s): Day 4

The Journey(s): Day 4

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

The quote is attributed to many – pursued by many – and a lot of what The Journey is about.

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The Journey(s): Day 3

The Journey(s): Day 3

Red sky’s at night – Diver’s Delight!

What 12K mile road trip would be complete without a few dives!

While getting fitted for a Madiera wreck dive in Lake Superior, we heard the rumble of thunder.  The storm location and hour drive north of Duluth, MN provided a beautiful day and dive.  Vis a bit low due to recent rains, but, extremely enjoyable and we were also able to make some new inquisitive friends – Sculpins – Give your pics the Vivid-Pix Fix!

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On the road again:  through the State of 10,000 Lakes – up to Voyageurs National Park.  As we begin to view a few of our National Parks, we are awed by the variety of these treasures that our forefathers provided to us.  Voyageurs:  500 miles of untouched coastline. 

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Journey(s): Day 2

Journey(s): Day 2

The night provided a bit of adventure, the morning was comprised of a beautiful walk (Rick) / run (Meg) around Brandywine Falls, and the day was full of asphalt.

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The Journey(s): Day 1

The Journey(s): Day 1

Day 1 – Monday, August 28, 2017

To complete The National Parks Journey, we must stay on plan:

5:15 wake-up. 

6:00 wheels up.

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