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 […]

Alligators 3 Feet Away, Shark Valley Everglades NPS

Shark Valley Trail

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 […]

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

Our RV trip to Big Bend

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 […]

Boondocking Near Joshua Tree National Park

So after our  Yeah, you should fit.  The Cul De Sac of Hell.  experience (click the title to read that post), we were scrambling to find a new location to set up camp for the next few days.  All we had to do now was travel outside Joshua Tree National Park, to get some cell […]

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 […]