Great Sand Dunes National Park: Day Four

My phone hadn’t charged at all overnight. Cool. Looks like I was going to have like a 25% battery until we got the car rolling later on. At least I had enough charge to check the forecast and see if my car was going to be safe – Oh. That was foreboding. The HRRR kept …

Great Sand Dunes National Park: Day Three

At some point overnight, the wind died down. The wind, that pervasive uninvited guest in our first day in Great Sand Dunes, which had shifted the tent all around when I laid down to sleep. It wasn’t gone, but it was quiet. I felt the lack of it when I awoke in the quiet dawn. …

Great Sand Dunes National Park: Day 2

My night of bleh at the worst hotel in existence was finally over. Punctuated by any number of trains going “WOO WOO” right outside our room, Scipio and I had drifted in and out of sleep while Elizabeth slept like a blissful rock alongside us. The dog finally decided he was done resting and insisted …

Great Sand Dunes National Park: Day One

The big national park trip that I’ve already been writing about for the past few months was a huge, planned ordeal. We worked things out for months to make that trip happen. There were reservations, flights, cancellations, and all sorts of bureaucratic maneuvering we had to accomplish to get to where we wanted to. It …

National Park Trip Homepage

In August 2021, Elizabeth and I embarked on the trip of a lifetime. Over the course of a week from August 13 to 20, we explored the iconic national park tandem in northwestern Wyoming – Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Every piece of advice we read said we would need this long to see …

St. Louis 2021: Gateway Arch National Park

There are 63 national parks. If you asked any NPS enthusiast who has been to all 63 to rank them, the Gateway Arch would probably rank 63rd on most people’s list. That isn’t necessarily the fault of the Arch, either. It’s a beautiful piece of architecture in downtown St. Louis with historical significance, and a …

Hot Springs National Park: Day 2

The first thing that I noticed was the stillness. Coming off of a night where our tent had been buffeted by periodic wind gusts that kept me up until very late, the relative calm was jarring. The next thing I noticed was that light was filtering into our tent, which meant it was officially Saturday. …

Hot Springs National Park: Day 1

October 2020. A week and a half before an election that Americans had been on the edge of their seat about. In the middle of a pandemic that continued to steadily worsen, with people now over half a year removed from everyday life. A time when people eyed each other suspiciously not only trying to …

Summer 2020: Rocky Mountain National Park

Previous Post: As cool as it would have been to camp above the tree line, Rocky Mountain National Park didn’t offer that as an option. Instead, Elizabeth and I were planning on cramming Michael and Irene with us in our tent spot at the Glacier Basin Campground. Glacier Basin provided perfect access to the main …

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