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Death Valley

Death Valley

This trip made possible by Igloo Coolers and Air Conditioning. (Igloo did not pay me for this mention, I paid them for a cooler.) If you are the camping type, I cannot recommend going to Death Valley in August. I don’t think the National Parks Service recommends it either, as many of the campsites are closed in the summer. However, if you are the step-out-of-the-car-briefly-and-take-pictures type, it’s not bad. I highly recommend using the National Parks Service website to help…

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Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park

We had not originally planned to go to Sequoia National Park. The first plan was to visit Yosemite, but due to the awful fires, we came up with a plan B. We still wanted to see some uniquely American landscapes. I figured that seeing that largest (single-stem) tree on earth (by wood-volume) fit the bill. Did you know that there are a lot of ways to measure the size of trees? I never needed to know before, but I learned…

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Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park in Arizona (not to be confused with Red Rocks Park in Colorado) was actually a Google Maps find. We knew that we were going to be driving from Flagstaff, AZ, to Phoenix, AZ, and I wanted to know where we could stop at along the way. We were planning a road trip, so we needed to do things on the road! The website boasted pictures of beautiful landscapes and advertised a “family-oriented 5-mile trail system”. Given…

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The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon

This summer, my husband and I were able to spend three weeks in the United States. We visited Chicago for a few days, spent time with my family for a week, and the flew out west to embark on a rather ambitious road trip. Our first big sightseeing stop was the Grand Canyon. It’s a complete cliche, but you really cannot imagine the vastness of the Grand Canyon until you see it yourself. It’s impossible to capture the sheer size…

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