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September 18, 2008

National Parks in America

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen National Parks I Visited Recently

1. Yosemite, California – just beautiful. I’d visited before but it was much quieter this time due to both the petrol prices and a recent fire that had scared visitors away. We had a perfect day with excellent visibility.

2. Grand Canyon, Arizona. This canyon is awe-inspiring.

3. Petrified Forest, Arizona. My husband and I both enjoyed our first visit to this park. The petrified forests were fascinating.

4. Mesa Verde, Colorado. Hot and dry. Busy but well worth a visit for the peek into the cliff dwellings of the Puebloans.


5. Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado. I didn’t know anything about this park until I visited but I loved the black rock and the deep canyons. It was stark and beautiful.

6. Rocky Mountains, Colorado. We didn’t have the best weather here. At the top of the pass it was freezing and sleeting. Ranger Michelle answered some of my many questions while I was here and we saw lots of animals at the lower levels before it started raining. A lot of trees are dying here after being attacked by the pine beetle.

7. Devil’s Tower, Wyoming. We walked around the base and saw our first snake here.


8. Little Bighorn Battlefield, Montana. An interesting place to visit although, man was it hot on the day we visited!

9. Yellowstone, Wyoming. This is a huge park and you need to spend a few days to explore it fully.

10. Olympic, Washington. This park covers both forest, lakes and mountains as well as part of the coast. Crescent Lake was gorgeous and we also enjoyed exploring the coast.

11. Mt. Rainier, Washington. I loved my visit here. The spring flowers were in full bloom and it was really pretty.


12. Lewis & Clark, Oregon. We didn’t know much about Lewis and Clark and after visiting Fort Clatsop we came away much wiser. This pair of explorers had great people skills and seemed well liked by everyone.

13. Crater Lake, Oregon. One of my favorites. It’s so pretty here. I could look at the lake for hours.


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  1. Adelle Laudan

    I envy your freedom to travel to so many parks. Love the pic of the lake. Thanks for sharing. Happy T13!

  2. J.K. Coi

    Oh wow, that picture from Mesa Verde is amazing! I would have loved to go there.

  3. Stephanie

    You lucky thing! Great list! Happy Thursday! *hugs*

  4. LA Day

    Great TT! Beautiful pictures.

  5. Debbie Mumford

    You’ve got some of my absolute faves in your list! I used Wizard Island in Crater Lake as a setting for an unpublished story…

  6. Mel (silentdreamer)

    wow. Really pretty places there. I would love to go to any of them!

  7. Alice Audrey

    The only ones on the list I haven’t been to are Yosemite and Crater Lake. I’ll have to make a point to go.

  8. Robin L. Rotham

    How sad is it that you’ve been to more US national parks than I have? :grin:

  9. Jennifer McKenzie

    I’m so glad you got to visit these places. You saw all the great ones!!!

  10. Susan Helene Gottfried

    I am very sad I wasn’t able to stuff myself into one of your suitcases. Or the back seat of your rental car.


  11. Brenda ND

    Wow, I hope I can visit all those parks someday! :mrgreen: They’re beautiful. Happy TT!

  12. Savannah Chase

    oh wow…i havent visited any……

  13. Amy Ruttan

    Beautiful Shelley! Just beautiful.

    I’m green with envy because I want to see all those places verra badly.

  14. pussreboots

    I have been to #1, #2 and #13 and would love to see the others on your list. Happy TT.

  15. Heather

    Color me green with envy. I’ve only visited two of these, and they were so long ago I don’t remember them at all. Would love to see all of these some day!

    (Sorry about the late post–had computer issues yesterday.)

  16. Jen

    I grew up and still live in Colorado. Our parks and mountains are so beautiful. My parents loved to go camping and we spent many a summers camping across the state. Sometimes Dad would park our camper in a camp site close to Castle Rock, where he could drive home for a week of work then return to us on friday nights. Great memories of all those camping trips! I love the immortals series and can’t wait to read Joy’s latest. Jen :)

  17. Joyce

    Oh, those photos are AWESOME! Thanks for sharing!!!

  18. Shelley Munro

    Jen – Hubby and I loved Colorado. It was like an oasis after spending time in New Mexico where it’s so dry. It’s definitely a part of the US I’d love to live in, although a winter might scare me away!

    Joyce – I’m glad you enjoyed them. Thanks for stopping by.

  19. Gabriele

    Beautiful pics.

    I’ve been to a National Park this weekend as well (thus the late posting), fortunately we have great nature here, too, so I’m not turnging too green right now. :smile:

  20. Shelley Munro

    Gabriele – I’m off to visit you in a few minutes. You always post gorgeous photos and my little traveller heart gets very envious. Yes, I know I’ve just been on my own trip but it’s a disease I have. The traveller bug!