Mandatory Visits in the Black Hills

Southwestern South Dakota — a place I had never visited and frankly never even considered as a vacation destination — has a dense concentration of places we have loved. Were it not for the thought of subzero winter conditions, I think Ken would be ready to move here in a heartbeat. After our awesome five … Read moreMandatory Visits in the Black Hills

Awed by the Rugged Grandeur of the Badlands

After our stop in Sioux City, we took two days to travel across southern South Dakota in search of the Badlands. The first day fulfilled every stereotype of South Dakota — long, straight roads shooting through massive, perfectly level fields in various stages of cultivation. The land seemed to be without end, and the tasks … Read moreAwed by the Rugged Grandeur of the Badlands

The Mystery of the Confluence

For the first 300 years of European exploration and settlement of North America, water was the main mode of transportation. It therefore makes sense that virtually all the historic cities of North America — from Quebec City, Boston, New York and Philadelphia in the north to Charleston, Savannah and New Orleans in the south — … Read moreThe Mystery of the Confluence

Breaking Into Spelunking at Mammoth Cave

Although we had never visited a true underground cave system before, we knew that our travels through Kentucky had to include a stop at Mammoth Cave National Park. Not only is it one of the oldest national parks, but it has also earned worldwide fame for being the largest cave system in the world by … Read moreBreaking Into Spelunking at Mammoth Cave

Walking Ancient Pathways at Cumberland Gap NHP, and Foiling the Plans of a Homicidal Park Ranger

In our quest to see all things Lewis & Clark during 2018, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park was a necessary addition to our destination list because it was one of the few pathways to the west that existed when the Corps of Discovery set out. Of course “the west” was anything beyond the Appalachian Mountains, … Read moreWalking Ancient Pathways at Cumberland Gap NHP, and Foiling the Plans of a Homicidal Park Ranger