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Hopewell Furnace National Park

The peaceful countryside surrounding Hopewell Furnace and the village built to support the furnace invites you to put aside modern…

Sequoia and Kings Canyon

Park 10 If ever trees could make you giddy, it was these trees. These gentle giants were indulgent elders reaching…

Death Valley

Park 11 Death Valley, the drama is in the name. Death Valley warns you of the consequences of unpreparedness, of…

Mono Lake and Yosemite

Park 9 Mono Lake interested me. Years ago, I’d seen a photo of the lake at sunset. The rock spires…

Lake Tahoe

Park 8 Water, glorious, blue, abundant water ringed by snow-capped mountains, Lake Tahoe was a vacation from the vacation.  It…

Arches National Park

Park 7 Nature is a restless artist. She sculpts what appears to us a perfect work and then destroys it…

Canyonlands

Park 6 Canyonlands beckon the adventurous. I would, with enthusiasm, have rented a four-wheel drive vehicle and headed down the…

Capitol Reef

Park 5 With a finer day and a longer stay, Capitol Reef may have proved an interesting find. As it…

Bryce Canyon National Park

Park 4 Space, time, wind and rain made sentinels to witness and protect. These watchers have earned the white upon…

Zion

Park 3 Geometric quilts of rock form the mountains. Oyster white is stitched in blocks; each block is stitched in…

Monument Valley

Readers if you are following the park route starting from Grand Canyon, Monument Valley is 2nd.  Space opens wide to…

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