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Your guide to Mammoth Cave National Park

Formations in cave

Mammoth Cave National Park.  A park that offers above and below ground fun! Want to explore a huge cave where you can still bump your head?  Check. Want to add in some biking or hiking?  Check. Have a need to… Continue Reading…


Kartchner Caverns – a living cave in Arizona

View from Kartchner Caverns State Park

Visiting Tucson, Arizona?  Then add a stop at Kartchner Caverns State Park to your day-trip itinerary. Located about an hour’s drive southeast of Tucson, the Arizona state park is an easy add-on to a southeastern Arizona trip.  Family-friendly cave tours are… Continue Reading…


A hiker’s paradise – Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Mountain range with blue sky and puffy clouds above

A hiker’s paradise. A wilderness park. The park you have to want to go to. If any of those phrases make your ears perk up, then add Guadalupe Mountains National Park to your ‘must hike’ list.


Visiting the St Louis Arch

West view from top of St Louis Arch - old courthouse and downtown

WOW!  Whoa! Cool! These words tumbled out of every grinning visitor as they spilled out of the tram pods and into the viewing area at the top of the St Louis Arch.  Even the lady who said she suffered from severe… Continue Reading…


Santa Rosa Blue Hole

Woman floating in the blue waters of Santa Rosa Blue Hole

“Dang. That is COLD!” Perhaps “dang” wasn’t the actual word shouted by my travel companion as he scrambled out of the Santa Rosa Blue Hole spring. I stayed put. A deep pool of sixty-degree water is exactly what I craved… Continue Reading…


Hot Springs National Park

Green pool of water which is a display spring along the Grand Promenade

Eagerly, I push the ON button at the water filling station. It is my first visit to Hot Springs National Park. I am about to get my first taste of fresh spring water. Hot water spills out of the spigot.… Continue Reading…