In March 2017, I spent some time exploring the National and State Park lands of the American West. We drove 4000 miles and visited 9 states. These photos are some of my favorite because of how peaceful these locations were in the off season. We made it to Chimney rock right at sunset and had the place to ourselves, and we visited Scottsbluff National Monument early in the morning before others arrived. Most people go south for spring break, I went North and was rewarded with rustic quietness.
Niobrara River of Nebraska
Valley of Scottsbluff
River Running Black Hills
Moon Set at Scottsbluff
Coffee with the Presidents
Wind Cave National Park ranks highly among the US Parks. I stumbled on to these beauties while driving through the backroads of the park.
McKittrick Trail in Guadalupe
Hiking at noon in the desert isn’t the brightest idea. But we had plenty of company. This 4.8 round trip hike takes you through a canyon, along a creek, and has a 1930s cabin.
A trio of b/w images.
A variety of plants
Slate in a field of limestone
U.S. National Parks inspire and impress.
Moro Rock – Sequoia N.P.
In Kings Canyon
Grizzly Falls Kings Canyon
Near Zumwalt Meadows in Kings Canyon
Cedar Grove in Kings Canyon
The parks tell stories…
horsetails outliving the dinosaurs
The diameter of the largest tree on the planet
Who can we thank for fighting for these parks?
John Muir statue at Muir Woods in San Francisco
I spent one week in Nevada, California, Utah, and Arizona exploring the natural world. I have now visited all 48 of the lower U.S. States along with Hawaii. The National Parks are truly one of the United States’ best ideas.
Out for a Stroll
The Temple at the top in the distance…
Vermillion Cliffs National Monument in Utah
Forty Miles of Dirt Road through the Escalante Staircase in Utah.
Blue Sky at the Arch
Winter in Bryce Canyon
Colors of the Canyon
The Watch Tower at Desert View
Sneaking a Peak
In Zion National Park
Straight Up to a Hidden Canyon
Mother Nature at Work