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Driving to the Crater in Haleakala National Park

I was told going to the summit in Haleakala National Park was one of the best things to do on Maui. I didn’t necessarily believe it, though, since I wasn’t going on a Haleakala sunrise tour. That, I had read, was one of the best activities on all of the Hawaiian Islands. No, I balked […]

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Driving the Road After Hana

Driving the Road to Hana is easy. It’s the road after Hana, the Piilani Highway, that you need to be warned about. And apparently most GPS devices do just that, telling you to turn around before you violate your contract with the rental company. That is precisely why I refused the stupid little device when […]

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A Scenic Drive Over Old Fall River Road

I made the turn in Rocky Mountain National Park to take the scenic drive up Old Fall River Road. I had never gone this way before. And I hadn’t intended to this day, either. But there I was, leaving the nice open expanse of West Horseshoe Park to head up the steep road through the […]

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Driving the Road to Hana

The Road to Hana clings to the side of the Haleakala volcano, skirting Maui’s northern shore for over forty miles from the small town of Paia to Hana. It is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful drives in the world. It is one of Maui’s main tourist attractions – as much […]

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A Sonoran Desert Hike in Saguaro National Park

I practicaly sprinted across the flat desert landscape in Saguaro National Park. I was driven by the strength from the large saguaro cactuses. The looming Rincon Mountains appeared to be an obstacle I would not need to tackle. And for that, due to a lingering head cold, I was thankful. But after all my years […]

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A Drive Through the Petrified Forest National Park

Stopped at the exit to Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park, the ranger in the booth asked me how I liked my visit. I answered instantly. But all day long I had been thinking about what someone else had told me before my trip. They said the park is a waste of time and there’s nothing […]

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Finding Life in a Drive Around Death Valley

I stood at the edge of the Dantes View overlook soaking in one last moment at Death Valley National Park. The valley floor, covered in salt sediment, sprawled out before me from south to north; I was 5,475 feet above sea level. I wanted one last moment with the park, however fleeting, before I continued […]

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Hiking in Zion

More than anything else I found myself saying “another time” as this trip through the Colorado Plateau was more of a highlight tour than a real get to know you trip. In all these places I stopped thus far I really spent no more than four hours in any one park. I wanted to spend […]

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