The Crater Lake Trolley Tour

Taking the trolley around Crater Lake is one of the activities offered at Crater Lake National Park. Based out of Klamath Falls, Oregon, the Crater Lake Trolley has provided tours around Crater Lake for nearly two decades. They have three trolleys that leave on the hour starting at 10:00am through 3:00 pm during July and August ... with other hours in June and September.

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Morning Smoke

In the western United States, fire is one of the seasons. Smoke is one of the general results of the fires; and during our stay in Crater Lake National Park, we observed four fires .... or should I say plumes of smoke within the park. We were told by a park ranger that fires are actively suppressed so they won't get out of hand because they have a lack of firefighters.

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Ancient Ruins of Arizona's Verde Valley

 There are three ruin sites in the Verde Valley that are National Monuments. They are Montezuma Castle, Montezuma Well, and Tuzigoot. These sites were inhabited by the Southern Sinagua between 1000 and 1400. The Southern Sinagua were farmers, and the Verde Valley's water and soil gave them what they needed to thrive.

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The Hidden National Park

The title of this blog reflects the natural markers of this National Park. Driving on I-40 in northeastern Arizona, you see a landscape of high desert with subtle tones of gray-green and brown desert foliage. You don't see high mountains, tall trees, deep canyons, massive dunes, or huge signs letting you know you're approaching a national park. You do see a medium-sized brown and white sign reading Petrified Forest National Park.

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The Grand Canyon: A Big Subject

I couldn't agree with John Wesley Powell more: the Grand Canyon is beyond possible ways to speak about or photograph it. However, that does not stop us from trying to talk about and shoot its vast beauty.

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