Category Archives: National Parks

Natural Causes

We’ve been to Great Basin National Park several times and each time are struck by how much things are the same, and how much they have changed. Take the Lexington Arch hike, for example. We originally took this hike back … Continue reading

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Making a Point of Observation

After just a day’s rest from hiking Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park this past May, we headed up the Observation Point Trail. It had been a chilly, wet spring , and it seemed everyone was in the park, so … Continue reading

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Life Elevated

Though we’d squeezed a few hikes into the few nice days we had at the Grand Canyon, we were eager to be outside, to feel the hard earth beneath our feet. For that, few places offer as many options as … Continue reading

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With Reservations….

If you’ve been following along the with the Adventures of Bob and Ellen for very long, you know we don’t make reservations — we didn’t even make them on our trip to Alaska. So what in the world would make … Continue reading

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The Ice Box

At least that’s what they call International Falls, Minnesota, because of all those abominable snowman temperatures they get in the winter. For us, it was the Melted Ice Box in early July:

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No Denying Denali

Visiting Denali National Park was a big reason we wanted to visit Alaska when the idea hatched years ago. Now we were on its doorstep and eager to explore. With one road into the park, and that road restricted to … Continue reading

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The Great Wilderness

We love out-of-the-way places, and when we drove down the Tok Cut-Off we realized we were in one. The Alaskan Wilderness was calling to us, and we were eager to experience it. The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is accessible by … Continue reading

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Breathing Life Into the Death Valley

During our stay in Pahrump, Nevada, we decided to drive out to Death Valley. It was early October and the day was gorgeous enough to bring out this ultralight and its two riders (yep, there are two people on that … Continue reading

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That’s Odd

I suppose it depends on the part of the country you’re from… you grow up with something and it’s familiar, so you don’t see it as odd the way an Outsider would. I remember seeing someone taking pictures of the … Continue reading

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Hindsight is 20/20

One of the advantages of writing these posts so long after the actual events is greater clarity. It’s hard to see the layout of a maze when you’re in the middle of it, but get outside of it, get some … Continue reading

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