Our return to Georgia started out uneventfully, with a wonderful visit to Columbus, the third-largest city in the state and located near the west-central border of the state — along the Chattahoochee River (a tributary of the Apalachicola River) — about 100 miles southwest of Atlanta. Fun and crazy fact:
While we were sad leaving Cedar Key, we were also excited to continue the exploration of Florida… moving into our final phase by exploring areas of the Florida Panhandle, which is a strip of land roughly 200 miles long and 50 to 100 miles wide, lying between Alabama on the
Imagine a vista of grass and water, with a few small tree islands sprinkled about the horizon, for as far as the eyes can see… filled with waterfowl like Anhingas and Egrets as well as alligators and turtles… and you have an idea of the everglades. Florida has three national
We ventured into our 42nd national park with no previous knowledge about what makes it special… and left with a great appreciation of the beauty and heritage of Congaree National Park, located about 20 miles southeast of Columbia, South Carolina. We wondered how many people were aware of this 26,276-acre
As we closed in on our week-long visit to New Jersey and New York City, we decided to veer west from our last location in Connecticut and spend a week in nature in the Hudson Valley region of New York and the Delaware Water Gap in Pennsylvania. Ironically, our first
We made three stops in Maine, but our focus was on Acadia National Park — mainly because neither of us had ever visited the park. Maine, the 34th state we have visited on this road-trip, is an interesting state…. known as the The Pine Tree State, it is known for
After a bit of a national park hiatus, we were extremely happy to arrive in northern Indiana so that we could visit our 39th national park on this great adventure: Indiana Dunes National Park, located along the shore of Lake Michigan, and the first and only national park in Indiana.
The second half of our adventures in Minnesota (state #23) took us to Bemidji, International Falls, and Duluth… to amazing natural areas with lots of history (some good, some bad)… and smack into the heart of mosquito and tick country! We also discovered northern Minnesota seems to be the land
We hit Iowa (state #22 on our travel across the U.S.) almost immediately after leaving Nebraska City, Nebraska, as we crossed the Missouri River into a sea of flooded fields and farmland. In fact, the roads had just been partially reopened (after repairs from flooding); even the interstate was affected.
This stop was mainly about being close to the Denver airport so that we could take a weekend trip back to San Diego to celebrate the life of Jen’s mom… which was a beautiful and moving time with family and friends… and all of mom’s flowers and shrubs were in