Big Skies and Big Distances at Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park is not on the way to anywhere. Situated at the southern point of the “dip” in West Texas, it is essentially a peninsula of the US with Mexico on three sides. The park is located in the heart of the harsh Chihuahuan Desert, and the park’s southern border is also the … Read more Big Skies and Big Distances at Big Bend National Park

Enjoying Dark Skies at Black Canyon of the Gunnison

One place that we did not want to miss on our grand summer tour of Colorado is Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Although this park seems to be one of the lesser-known national parks – perhaps because it was only upgraded from a National Monument to a National Park in 1999 – we … Read more Enjoying Dark Skies at Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Goose, Geese, Moose, Meese: Grand Lake, CO

After an awe-inspiring week devoted to exploring the eastern side of Rocky Mountain National Park, to stay in compliance with the 7-day stay limits in the park we left the park proper and spent six days camped on national forest land just outside the western entrance, near the small town of Grand Lake. Relocating to … Read more Goose, Geese, Moose, Meese: Grand Lake, CO

Independence Day Week at Stunning Rocky Mountain NP

After Mueller State Park we headed straight to Rocky Mountain National Park, jetting through Colorado Springs and downtown Denver on a sunny Sunday. While we usually avoid towing through major metropolitan areas whenever possible, we had little choice in this case and in any event our travel was smooth. The only things that made the … Read more Independence Day Week at Stunning Rocky Mountain NP

Ancient Cities, Late Snow, and a New Jack in Cortez, CO

With Ken’s health steadily improving, and no further need to stay in the Moab area, we were happy to head east into Colorado in search of new adventures. The main focus of this visit would be Mesa Verde National Park and the surrounding areas of archaeological interest. The Four Corners region and particularly Southwestern Colorado … Read more Ancient Cities, Late Snow, and a New Jack in Cortez, CO