Next week my husband Dave and I will be exploring Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. We love exploring this country's unique and gorgeous natural settings and have been to 13 of the 59 national parks. Here's a photo recap of the ones we've visited. (Note that Dave took most of the pics; he's an awesome photographer! If a pic is ho-hum, it's probably one that I took.)
Out of all the places we've visited, Alaska is my favorite.
|Mt. McKinley, aka Denali|
|There are bears everywhere in the park!|
|Mountain goats too!|
Hawaii Volcanoes, Hawaii's Big Island
|Me hiking through Denali, which is a trail-less park.|
The lava flow when we were there was too far away to get to. These pics are from the Kīlauea Iki hike, which goes through the still-steaming crater floor.
Cuyahoga Valley, Ohio
Yes, dogs are allowed in this park. Each park's pet rules vary, so check before you visit.
Badlands, South Dakota
|Along the drive through Shenandoah, looking toward the Smokies|
Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee
Kenai Fjords, Alaska
|You have to take a boat out to get to this park; this is a view of glaciers.|
Pinnacles is the newest national park, receiving the designation in 2013. When we visited, it wasn't a national park. We only hiked one trail, and it wasn't that exciting but I think we just didn't pick the right trail.
The scariest hike I've ever done was in Zion-- the Angels Landing Trail. At the end you have to scramble along the side of a sheer rock face while holding onto a chain fastened to the rock then have to walk out onto a narrow rock bridge that's 1,488 high. I got too scared at the first part, where I was holding onto a chain and looked down to see the ground 1,400+ feet below me. I was nearly in tears and had to turn back, but Dave went ahead and got these great shots.
|Looking 1,488 feet down from Angels Landing|
|From Angels Landing looking out at Zion Canyon|
Bryce Canyon, Utah
Mt. Rainier, Washington
This was the first national park we visited together 13 years ago.
Labels: national parks, vacation