In reading reviews about Northern California's Castle Lake, one word came up in almost every one -- and that word is "beautiful." I could not agree more with the description of beautiful, and that's why I titled this blog and photo "Beautiful Castle Lake."
To Begin: I took this photo on July 17, 2018, at 8:15 pm just before sunset. The wind was calm; the lake was quiet... Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
Lone Pine California is the home of the Alabama Hills. This small town on highway 395 in the Owens Valley for the Eastern Sierra is the gateway to the Alabama Hills Recreation Area and the Mount Whitney Portal. It has a good number of hotels and motels to accommodate the visitors to the area ... Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More