Memorial Day Mountains (Great Smoky Mountains) — Treat Yourself to Travel

Thinking about the upcoming Memorial Day weekend during quarantine, I figured I would reminisce on our road trip from last year. We made our way through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from the Asheville side (NC) by Cherokee to the Gatlinburg side (TN). It was a perfect long weekend getaway from the DC area. We were able to do some hiking, see some beautiful scenery and explore downtown Asheville.

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Just released last month by Scott Stillman…Nature’s Silent Message


Nature’s Silent Message 

Hike & Go Seek – Petrified Forest

Although a bit west of what is considered the tradition Midwest, Petrified Forest National Park is an American national park in Navajo and Apache counties in northeastern Arizona. Named for its large deposits of petrified wood, park covers about 230 square miles, encompassing semi-desert shrub steppe as well as highly eroded and colorful badlands.

The Petrified Forest is known for its fossils, especially fallen trees that lived in the Late Triassic Epoch.  The sediments containing the fossil logs are part of the widespread and colorful Chinle Formation, from which the Painted Desert gets its name.

Trekking The National Parks: The Family Board Game (Second Edition)

Trekking the National Parks Family Board Game

The park’s seven maintained hiking trails, some paved, vary in length from less than 0.5 miles (0.8 km) to nearly 3 miles.  These named trails are Painted Desert Rim, Puerco Pueblo, Blue Mesa, Crystal Forest, Giant Logs, Long Logs, and Agate House.  Hikers and backpackers may also visit the park’s wilderness areas.

1000px-Shortgrass_pano_Petrified_Forest_NPPanorama of shortgrass prairie near Dry Wash in the southern section of the park.


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Some of the larger animals roaming the grasslands include pronghorns, black-tailed jackrabbits (hares), Gunnison’s prairie dogs, coyotes, bobcats and foxes. Bobcats and bullsnakes hunt smaller animals, such as deer mice and white-tailed antelope squirrels in the park’s riparian zones.  More than 16 kinds of lizards and snakes live in various habitats in the park.



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Trekking Arizona – Yuma AZ – East Wetland Park — Inside A Soul

East Wetlands Trail 2.7.2020

The month of February was an active one for me, as I was exploring the beauty of the Desert South West in Arizona. First weekend of February, I walked around the trails of the East and West Wetland park, an easy trail that travels through hummingbird exhibits, burrowing owl exhibits, along the Colorado river. A small piece of nature in Downtown Yuma AZ, where the city began. Check it out if you are in the Yuma Area! Great for family trips, children and grown-ups of all ages. If you go to the Castle Park, be careful with the Duck pond, as there are some geese there who are not nice! Haha, enjoy, stay tuned. Travel, hike and enjoy nature, wherever you are. Even the cities have a beauty about them, nature still exists.

Alltrails is a great app to download to look up hiking trails in your area. Just a tip!

“East Wetlands Interpretive Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Yuma, Arizona that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail. ” Quote from Alltrails



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Common wild life include: Wild cats, coyote, variety of birds, Beaver, and more. Not often you’ll see a coyote or bob cat though!

The East trail follows along the Colorado river:

Beginning of trail is Prison Hill


Colorado river view from


Pivot Point


There is also the West Wetlands park, that has a Castle park and an easy walking path along the duck pond, where you can fish too.

There is an easy path to follow along the Westland park as well, that leads you to humming bird and burrowing owl exhibits:





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Unforgettable Double Decker Living Root Bridge — Mad about Birding and Travel

I guarantee that a visit to the Double Decker Living Root Bridge will be unforgettable; if not for the beauty then for the hike itself. Double Decker Living Root Bridge? One may be wondering what I am talking about. Well, my family and I were on a 5-day trip to the north-eastern state of Meghalaya […]

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Days 113 – 116: Midsummer Snow, Te Araroa’s Highest Point, And Our Longest Day Yet — gargoyle14

UpOur past four days on the Te Araroa have felt like a full thru-hike. It feels like weeks have gone by since we left the town of Geraldine and began the Two Thumbs Track. We’ve lived and seen more than I would have thought possible in only four days; a lot of it has been […]

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Best of the Midwest

While this has the same name as me, this is not my book.  But I do recommend it!

Best of the Midwest, Rediscoving America’s Heartland



Lens-Artists Challenge #83 – Into The Future — Travels and Trifles

“We can become inspired to shape a higher, more ideal future, and when we do, miracles happen.” James Redfield In response to Ann-Christine’s “Future” challenge, I thought immediately of the Pudong district in the Chinese city of Shanghai. There, gleaming futuristic buildings are reflected in the Huangpu River which services the largest trading port in […]

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