About me, Northeastern US, Travels, US National Parks

Westward Bound, part I – Connecticut to Kentucky

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. I hadn’t planned to spend so many years in Connecticut. And I certainly never expected that I’d be sad to leave. Admittedly, I wasn’t sad to leave behind the humidity and the brutal winters and the traffic and the rude drivers (because yes, New England drivers really are… Continue reading Westward Bound, part I – Connecticut to Kentucky

Southwestern US, Travels, US National Parks

A World Underground – Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

Carlsbad Caverns is a depiction of two very different worlds: the one above the ground, and the one down below. Up above, the sun is hot, the air is dry, and every plant and animal has to be very resilient and adaptable to survive in this niche where the Guadalupe Mountains meet the Chihuahuan Desert.… Continue reading A World Underground – Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

Travels, US National Parks, West Coast US

Lava Tubes – Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho (part II)

One of my favorite adventure activities is exploring caves. I’ve never truly gone spelunking (it's on my to-do list), but if we’re somewhere with a cave, we always sign up for the tours. As it happens, formation of caves in lava flows is fairly common, meaning there are a few caves at Craters of the Moon… Continue reading Lava Tubes – Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho (part II)

Southwestern US, Travels, US National Parks

Spectacular Speleothems – Timpanogos Cave National Monument, Utah

Because the drive from Grand Junction home to MT would have made for a very long day, we broke it into two days with a stop just south of Salt Lake City at American Fork Canyon in the Wasatch Mountains. I don’t recall where we camped, but I do recall that American Fork Canyon was… Continue reading Spectacular Speleothems – Timpanogos Cave National Monument, Utah