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John Muir NPS Site

A Visit to the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, CA

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For me, the name John Muir invokes the vision of an expansive glacier or redwood tree filled forest with a small log cabin nearby. Indeed, I’ve heard of at least a couple such spots past and present around the places Muir visited but as the Muir house site shows, there is more to the story than just the naturalist & explorer personas we generally hear of. These days Martinez may seem far too much a part of the urban world to…

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[Destination] Visiting Southern Washington’s Cedar Creek Grist Mill

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The Pacific Northwest is known for its scenic landscapes, snow capped mountains, and endless outdoor adventures but if you hunt around, there’s plenty of history to be found here too. Centuries of societies have left behind remnants from Native American villages, Lewis and Clark’s many forts and of course the famous Oregon Trail west. While many of the sights have faded into the forest or been replaced by modern cities over the year, there are still plenty of gems around, some just down the road…

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Klondike Gold Rush National Park

Did You Know There’s a National Park in the Middle of Seattle?

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Walking around Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood before a Sounders game, the last thing I expected to see was an National Park welcome sign in the middle of the retail and office filled streets but sure enough, that’s exactly what you’ll find should you wander over to the corner of Second Ave and South Jackson St. The Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park is a single building facility, more visitor center than park but make no mistake, it’s worth visiting just the same.  The free (yes, that’s right,…

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Banff Map

Come for the Slopes, Stay for the Adventures: Things to Do When Visiting Banff in Winter

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It goes without saying that visiting a world renowned mountain town in winter starts and ends with visits to the slopes but when it comes to Banff, that’s just one item on the list of the possibilities to experience. From national parks to mighty peaks, 5 star resort and local dives all in clumped together, the Canadian Rockies coins the phrase “chose your own adventure.” So while winter in Canada may not seem like the place to start your holidays, for…

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Spend a Day at Washington’s Cape Disappointment: 6 Must See Adventures

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Washington may be known for the Space Needle, Pike’s Place Market and its snow-covered mountains but the coast is full of sights and history too. Located at its most Southern tip where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean, lies Cape Disappointment – if the name alone isn’t enough to evoke wandering thoughts and images of deserted, storm torn beaches, its history sure will. According to the park’s website, in 1788, an English captain missed the passage completely and the…

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Furnace Creek Resort Sign

Death Valley’s Furnace Creek Ranch & Resort

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Even in November, just from driving through the park, it’s clear Death Valley is an unforgiving place. I mean, you’ve got Badwater, the lowest place in North America and probably the source of many frustrated travelers mislead by the hope of, well, water. You’ve got a monument named after a group who burned down their wagons to survive and I’m sure way more rescues happen a year than anyone would likely guess. But Death Valley is one heck of a…

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Dinosaur Tracks!

St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm (Utah)

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The nice thing about following the same tracks that you took out back home is a second chance to see what you missed. In today’s case, that meant getting to stop in the town of St. George where multiple road signs pointed out “Dinosaur Exhibit.” Now, I don’t know about you, but when I see Dinosaur, things revert to my 5-yearold self (thankfully not my driving skills) and since this had been closed on my trip out east, I was…

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