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Follow Me to Tuolumne

One of my favorite areas of Yosemite National Park is Tuolumne Meadows. It is less visited than the Valley but is a jewel along Highway 120. This alpine meadow at 8600 feet above sea level in the High Sierra is a place wide open and green, with views of the mighty Sierras, and calming to… Continue reading Follow Me to Tuolumne

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Yosemite National Park

Just two weeks ago, the girls and I took a trip up to Yosemite while the boys were on their Sierra backpacking trip. It was the first visit for Sami and a second for Emily and myself. We spent two days at the park, and while a beautiful time, it wasn't nearly enough time to… Continue reading Yosemite 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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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