Underground Wonders at Carlsbad Caverns and Foggy Hiking at Guadalupe Mountains

East of El Paso, in a remote corner of the Chihuahuan Desert, two national parks straddle the border between Texas and New Mexico. Since we were in the area, we made sure to plan a visit to the almost-adjacent Guadalupe Mountains National Park and Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Camping at Guadalupe Mountains The only campground … Read more Underground Wonders at Carlsbad Caverns and Foggy Hiking at Guadalupe Mountains

Finding the Wild in the Black Hills

Although we are in the high summer season, and the Black Hills were filled with tourists in the weeks just after Memorial Day, we managed to find many, many locations of relative solitude and incredible beauty in this large wilderness. Custer State Park The focal point of our visit to the Black Hills was Custer … Read more Finding the Wild in the Black Hills

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 more Mandatory Visits in the Black Hills

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 more Breaking Into Spelunking at Mammoth Cave