Great Basin National Park in Nevada – Road Trip Day 7 Ep.14

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Just a short drive away from Route 50 within the town of Baker, Nevada is the entrance to Great Basin National Park.  It is filled with ancient natural beauty, such as the iconic Bristlecone Pine trees throughout the park, as well as spectacular scenic views.  Neek, Sar and I decided to start our exploration by checking out the Great Basin Visitor Center for information and advice.

Before we ventured inside the Visitor Center, we noticed when we parked our car outside of it that there was already a spectacular view to see.  The horizon was filled with beautiful mountain peaks!  Continue reading

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Is This Mount Rushmore? – Road Trip Day 5 Ep.11

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It was supposed to be one of the highlights of our road trip. Neek, Sar and I were driving up to see the iconic sculptural monument known as Mount Rushmore National Memorial. It was rainy as we drove up Highway 244 in South Dakota on our way there, but we were hopeful the sky might clear enough to get a view of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and (Theodore) Roosevelt carved in granite.

The idea to carve these icons of American history into Mount Rushmore, which was named after Charles Rushmore, a New York lawyer who had mining claims in that area in the 1880s, began in 1923 when historian Doane Robinson thought it would be a great way to promote tourism in South Dakota. Continue reading

Badlands National Park in South Dakota – Road Trip Day 4 Ep.8

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There’s a timeless quality to the Badlands in South Dakota. The scenery is undeniably stark and desolate. It’s an unearthly-looking landscape whose origins are presented in the fossilized remains of mammals from the prehistoric Oligocene Period. We were mesmerized.

The park encompasses 242,726 acres (98,240 ha) which also includes some prairieland. Lex, Sar and I were looking forward to exploring the largely undisturbed National Park and explore the belly of its canyons and pinnacles. But first, we visited the Ben Reifel Visitor’s Center to get a better understanding of its history. Continue reading

Minuteman Missile Historic Site in South Dakota – Road Trip Day 4 Ep.7

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It might be easy to think of the Cold War as something in the past.  With that thought, it might be easy to think we’re no longer in danger of nuclear war.  But when we visited the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site in South Dakota, it not only brought the past vividly to life, it also served as a sober reminder of how the threat of nuclear annihilation never really went away.

Because we had already purchased timed tickets, Neek, Sar and I arrived extremely early in the parking lot outside the Delta-01 Launch Control Facility.  Continue reading

Close Encounters at Devils Tower National Monument – Road Trip Day 3 Ep.3

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We left Gillette, Wyoming early in the morning after a quick breakfast and headed out on the Interstate 90 heading east.  There was a bit of cloudiness when we first started out, but once we headed up Highway 14 the horizon began to clear.  Then we turned on Highway 24 and the sight we were waiting for appeared.

Seeing Devils Tower on the horizon is amazing.  Neek, Sar and I pulled over once we saw a turn-out and got out to get a better view.  Continue reading

A Lush Waterfall and The Ancient Spires of Nature

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We drove away from Crater Lake in search of other beautiful parts of this spectacular national park.  About three miles east of the park headquarters, we came across the gorgeous Vidae Falls.  This pretty waterfall has a 100 foot drop.  We pulled over to the turn-out by the side of the road, and Neek and I got out of the car to take a closer look.

Just standing by the side of the road we could hear the water falling and we took some pictures from there.  Then we both got a bit adventurous and started climbing up the side of the mountain to get a better view.  Continue reading

On the Road to Crater Lake National Park

Neek sez:

It’s hard not to be sidetracked by amazing sights on a road trip.  You want to keep stopping and explore.  Well, Lex and I couldn’t resist stopping by the side of the road when we were driving to Crater Lake National Park.

We just had to walk into the forest and experience it…..

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