Tag: National Parks

Canyons, Rocks, and History – Campsmas 2019

The last time we visited Big Bend, the western region wasn’t even on our radar. Because of the government shutdown, the first road leading down to Santa Elena Canyon was closed and with less than a full day to explore, it just didn’t seem like a responsible use of...

Two Days of Travel – Campsmas 2019

When I was a kid, my uncle started using the phrase, “We can’t be late, we’re on vacation.” I’m sure that he was far from the first person to make that excuse for not getting to family gatherings at the expected time, but it was something that I eventually...

We Need to Bring Back the CCC

I know that it seems easy to make a suggestion that is really gigantic in scope. It is a drastic suggestion that would take billions of dollars and a significant amount of manpower. But we are a nation facing issues with global climate change, crumbling infrastructure, stagnant wages, ballooning...

Taking Your Kids to the National Parks is an Act of Active Patriotism

Taking our kids to our national parks teaches them the importance of respecting nature, preserving our ecosystem, and learning from our history. In short, it teaches them how to be better citizens and how to demonstrate their love for their country. If more adults did that, maybe our country...

Reflecting on Our Summer Vacation 2019

We spent nearly two weeks in my favorite region of the country and we saw nearly every type of western landscape. We watched the sunset from atop a desert sand dune, accidentally discovered rock riverbeds, journeyed into the depths of the earth, climbed ladders in Mesa Verde, hiked to...