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Bryce Canyon National Park

This post will be another hike up memory lane, inspired by an article I saw on Facebook about the most beautiful national parks to visit in winter.  Bryce Canyon National Park was of course on the list, with photos of snow-covered hoodoos and bright blue skies. We visited in summer a few years ago, and… Continue reading Bryce Canyon National Park

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Petrified Forest National Park

It's probably difficult to imagine, but hundreds of millions of years ago, Arizona was a tropical rainforest, rich in greenery and trees.  Over time, the geology of the earth shifted and changed, eventually becoming the Arizona we know today. Over the course of that time, stream and river deposits formed the Chinle Formation in what… Continue reading Petrified Forest National Park

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El Malpais National Monument

After a quick four days in New Mexico, it was time to begin the second portion of our Spring Break Southwest Adventure road trip.  We loaded up and headed west for Flagstaff, AZ, where we would spend two days before heading back to the San Gabriel Valley.  We hit the road right after breakfast with… Continue reading El Malpais National Monument

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Lincoln County, New Mexico Historic Sites

After two days in a row exploring our national monuments with many miles of driving, we kept the Thursday before leaving for Flagstaff 'local.' We used the day as a low-key rest day, but one with visits to the surrounding villages and their historic sites. Our first stop was to the town of Capitan. After… Continue reading Lincoln County, New Mexico Historic Sites

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Carlsbad Caverns

The highlight of our Spring Break Southwest Adventure was definitely Carlsbad Caverns. We had been desiring to visit the national park since we found out about its existence about ten years ago, and finally were staying close enough to make it a reality. The three-hour drive from Ruidoso via Roswell was well worth it. Carlsbad… Continue reading Carlsbad Caverns