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The Long Arm of History

The last stop on our camping trip was a moving history lesson at the Whitney Plantation located on the east bank of the Mississippi River some 45 miles west of New Orleans. History can be defined in three ways : … Continue reading

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Go Where the Trail Takes You

Hike — to walk for a long distance, especially across country or in the woods. My first memory of traipsing through the woods was with my dad as a very young child. The youngest son of a tobacco sharecropper, my … Continue reading

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An Eye for Hot Springs

Ojo caliente literally means “hot eye” in Spanish, but the common translation has come to mean “hot springs.” I have acquired an eye for hot springs, having specifically sought them out in my travels. I developed my liking for a … Continue reading

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The Voodoo Behind Hoodoos

Who knew about hoodoos? Not me. Not until this trip to Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah where there are hoodoos galore. Hoodoos are the crazy rock formations that comprise this beautiful canyon. While weathering and erosion contribute to … Continue reading

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Zion

The Hebrew word zion has several meanings, but two that apply to Zion National Park are “raised up” and “monument.” This incredible national park is a monument to the creative power of Mother Nature. Roughly 250 million years in the … Continue reading

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Where the Red Trees Grow

Big trees make beautiful photos. A visit to King’s Canyon and Sequoia National Parks fed my current obsession — big, red trees. The more I learn about them…the more I learn from them. For example, these magnificent giants only need … Continue reading

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California Park Jam

The drive down California Highway 1 is truly spectacular. The splendor of the rocky coastline rivals any I’ve seen in the world, from Northern Ireland to New Zealand. I fell in love with the ancient redwoods and bought a tourist-packaged … Continue reading

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