The very first National Park we visited as a Fam: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, 2004 and 2008
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park 2008
Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, CA- Part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which boasts over 76000 acres of land, and includes Muir Woods, Fort Mason, and the Presidio. This is where the kids earned their first Junior Ranger badges.
Alcatraz Island, a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area 2010
My inmates, ‘imprisoned’ at Alcatraz Island. Guilty of stealing hearts without remorse.
Mesa Verde National Park, Southern Colorado
Spruce Tree House at Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado 2012
Zion National Park
Kids playing at Zion National Park, Utah 2015
Virgin River Rides at Zion National Park 2015
Hiking the Narrows at Zion National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Hiking the Queens Garden Trail at Bruce Canyon National Park.
Emily “adopted” a prarie dog at Bryce Canyon National Park
Wow. Just wow. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah 2015
Flagstaff Area National Monuments: Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Walnut Canyon National Monument, Wupatki National Monument- Flagstaff, Arizona
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
Hiking on a cold spring day at Sunset Crater
Wupatki National Monument
A collage of our Wupatki explorations
Walnut Canyon National Monument, Flagstaff Area, Arizona 2016
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona 2016
Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
A lovely view
An old petrified log in Petrified Forest National Park
Petrified wood in many colors
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
The entrance to the cave… or caverns…
It’s amazing how intricate the cavern formations really are.
White Sands National Monument, Alamogordo, New Mexico
The white sand is made from gypsum and is super soft.
Relaxing on the cool white sand at White Sands National Monument
El Malpais National Monument, Grants, New Mexico– Of sandstone bluffs, lava flows, and arches
La Ventana Arch
El Malpais: a land marked by sandstone and lava rocks
Enjoying a sweeping view
Yosemite National Park, California– Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows
I’ve never seen a waterfall that high.
On the trail to Yosemite Falls
A grand sight as we emerge from the tunnel
Reminiscing: our hike to ‘a dome, not Half Dome’ in 2016
Joshua Tree National Park, California
A Joshua tree
Joshua tree ‘grove’