The month is June 2017. Summer is approaching as Amy returns from a small trip back to Pennsylvania for a work conference and her birthday. Anxiety and the need to travel creep in like they do just about every weekend that’s calling for nice weather.
Ok enough of that strange narrative speak… but that’s the scene as I approached the first weekend in June last year, and I had a list of places I wanted to explore in Colorado. One of them was the last of the 4 national parks in Colorado that I had yet to visit: Great Sand Dunes National Park.
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Back in the day before I really dove into the national park world, I had a vague understand what the parks were, knew there were a bunch in the middle of the country, and that Teddy Roosevelt was involved somehow. But when I thought about national parks, I thought of the 2 parks that both had weird Y names: Yosemite and Yellowstone.
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Hey remember the big 10 day trip through Utah and Arizona featuring here here here and here? Well here’s another one.
Petrified Forest National Park is truly in the middle of nowhere.
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The Grand Canyon. That one canyon that is the most grand.
Up until April of 2017, Grand Canyon National Park seemed like this fantasy place in the American Southwest where cool people went. Everyone knows about the Grand Canyon, which made me kind of nervous to go. Like I wrote in my post about Zion, parks like the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone are SO well known and get so much attention, I was almost a little less excited to go with such high expectations. I was nervous about not liking it as much as the world does!
But it holds up, guys. It was really really really great. Maybe even grand.
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During our April trip to southwest Utah and Arizona, I was almost most definitely most most most excited about Zion. Ever since learning about the national parks and studying them all obsessively, Zion stood out to me as one of the best. To me, it has the prominence and the prestige, without the hype and attention that places like Grand Canyon and Yellowstone get. Not saying those places are bad or overrated or not worthy, but I like how Zion is kept as a bit more of a secret. Plus the VIEWS!
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Bryce, Bryce, Bryce. You SLY dog. When people think about Utah national parks – Arches.. Zion… those are the big ones that come to mind. But… BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK IS THERE WAITING FOR THOSE WHO DARE. Ok maybe a bit dramatic.
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Welcome to my Teeny Travel Journal! My TTJ! I decided there are places around the world that I’ve visited and want to highlight, without any fluff. Just some snapshots of the city, park, town, region, whatever… without many words to clutter up the post. So it’s a travel journal… but a small one. Plus I really like the word teeny.
Channel Islands. The national park on an island off the coast near Los Angeles. AKA a complete oasis off of a crazy, overpopulated metropolis. See some photos: Continue reading “TTJ: Channel Islands National Park”
I was anxious about going to Capitol Reef. It was a bit risky: Arches and Canyonlands are around the corner from each other, while Capitol Reef is getting pretty deep into Utah. So after the first two, we didn’t really know what this third park was going to give us after a 3 hour drive further from our home. The weather was calling for a wintry rain/snow mix, after a night of cold rain already. So I was definitely nervous about the fate of the rest of our trip.
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