National Park

Have You Seen Martians? | Carlsbad Caverns National Park

We had to spend a few extra days at Big Bend National Park because there were incredibly high winds in our travel path.  (See the Big Bend Posts Here) When it was safe to leave we decided to go to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. The drive was about 5 hours in total, so we mapped our trip to …

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Shark Valley Trail

Alligators 3 Feet Away, Shark Valley Everglades NPS

When we initially charted our course through Florida, Miami was not on our list of places to visit.  Our primary reason for skipping Miami was their ridiculous breed ban legislation that would make Cole an outlaw.  Secondly, we just weren’t that into visiting the Everglades as a National Park destination.  We did have some work to …

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Should we take our kids on a 10.5 Mile hike?| 7832 Ft. Emory Peak (Big Bend National Park)

Initially, we were only going to stay near Big Bend National Park for only two days.  (I know that is not nearly enough time)  Had we stuck to our original plans, we would have missed the most challenging and rewarding hike of our journey. We intended to possibly squeeze in one full day hike which …

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Can We 5 Mile Hike with little kids? Bears? Lost Mine Trail (Big Bend National Park)

We had initially set aside 2 full days at Big Bend National Park. (Dangerous weather changed our plans, however; more on that later). Of course, we ALWAYS underestimate the time we need, but part of the curse of trying to see the whole country in a few months is to set aggressive timelines and hope …

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Our RV trip to Big Bend

Is Balanced Rock (Big Bend National Park) worth the hike?

This post is partially narrated by Leighton and Shayla as part of their homeschool, writing practice, typing practice, and spelling practice.   As the title suggests… We asked ourselves the same question when we first were looking for an easy late day hike in Big Bend National Park.  Is Balanced Rock worth the trip?  For …

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Yeah, you should fit. The Cul De Sac of Hell. Joshua Tree National Park.

“Yeah you should fit” With those reassuring words from the rather confident park ranger, we gladly dished out our $80 for a National Park Annual Pass, and headed into the park.  (We just bought an annual pass knowing we would be seeing other parks) Prior to arriving at the north entrance of Joshua Tree National …

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