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|Arches National Park - UT. Rattle Snake Warning. Arches is just North East of Moab. This park has a drive through approach for those that do not want to get out and hike / walk. The park has a large number of pull outs for vehicles all through out. There are short walking trails to the various arches that one can walk. The vistas are supper on a clear day. You can see for about 100 miles to the nearest mountain range north of the park. Also, for the adventitious souls there are a number of 4X4 vehicle rentals agencies for those that want to tour the back areas of the various parks. A special permit is required at the time of vehicle rental to go onto the national parks which is included in the rental fee. These are guided tours but you must do the driving. A Max of 4 Persons per vehicle in any of the 4X4 rentals which are usually one of the Jeep CJ's. Take plenty of water with you. There will be none available on the trip. These are normally all day tour / trips. Suggest that you plan for several days per national park and remember that there are four in this area including one state park. Best time to visit late fall through spring.||56 Minutes||2013|
|Badlands National Park - SD. Be aware of the rattle snakes when getting off of the pathways. There are a lot of snakes everywhere. Basically this park is a driving tour with a lot of pull outs and various exhibits along the way. You can get a very good idea of what the Native American Indians lived in by visiting this area. It was a very harsh life for them. Remember that it can get very hot here in the summer so be ready for the heat. Have plenty of water with you. Plan for 1 full day stop over. Best time to visit is late fall when it is cool. Winter can be brutal so be ready for snow, ice and wind but if snow is your thing then it will be fun. Best time to visit is early fall or late spring.||45 Minutes||2006
Big Bend National Park - part 1
- TX. This park is divided into 2 videos. East and West sides.
The Big Bend State Park side trip is included in part 1.
Big Bend National Park - part 2 - TX. Rattle Snake Warning. Summer is very hot and usually dry. Flowers bloom after spring rains (check web site for best dates) and then everything turns brown except cactus. There are a lot of places to visit in this park. They have a number of displays of how life was back in the early days. A lot of farming / ranching equipment is also on display. Lots of hiking is available in this area as well. You are forewarned that you can end up crossing into Mexico without warning as some of the roads cross over with out warning. You will need your passport to return to USA depending as to where you are located should this happen. Be very careful around the boarder. Warning: NO GUNS on your person or in your vehicle going into Mexico. You will be arrested and locked up and you will not get your gun back. During the flower bloom season plan on 5 days plus otherwise 3 days will do.
|Big Horn National Recreation area - WY. Rattle Snake Warning. This is a large recreational area which means that there is a lot of hiking in the area. Big Horn is considered a wilderness area but does has several working ranches that you may visit. Several very old ranch / farms have been preserved along with their equipment that they used . They are but a short walk from the access main road. Accessed to these ranches is on walking paths that were an old wagon roads. These farms are open to the public to see. Take plenty of water with you. In addition to the farms there are several preserved areas that were Native American Encampment areas were set up for the stampede of Bison over a cliff that are open to the public to walk through. If hiking plan for 1+ week to explore the area.||24 Minutes||2013|
|Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park - CO. This is a very deep canyon with rich black wall rocks. There is a large lake at the upper end of the canyon. You may view the canyon from either side as there is a main road running the length of the canyon. This is a long one day drive that separates both sides. It is best to spread this trip over two days. On the South side of the canyon you may drive down to the river in several different sections of the canyon and look up. The road is to narrow and curves to sharp so no trailers or large motorhomes over 30 feet total length is allowed. Posted is max overall length not to exceed 30 feet on truck & trailers max length or 25 feet on campers trucks..||45 Minutes||2013|
|Bryce Canyon National Park - UT. A Specular National Park to visit. Great vistas all the way around the rim. You can day hike down into the park or go in on horse back with overnight camping, which is permitted within the park. The rim drive forms a 3/4 circle around the lip of the canyon and has many breath taking vistas and parking areas. Some of the vistas are located up a short climb to the viewing area so be prepared to walk up steep uphill trails. For camera buffs the best time to try to catch it is just after a rain as the colors are the most vibrant. Best time to take pictures is in the morning for max colors while standing on the Eastern part of the rim. and in the evening for max colors would be the western rim. High Noon will give you little to no detail. Can get very hot in the summer so take lots of water. 1 full day for non hikers otherwise the camping is limited to 7 days. Special area is reserved for dropping trailers as no trailers are allowed in the park beyond the rangers station.||71 Minutes||2008
|Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains - TN. Cades Cove has a lot to offer for the family to see. There are a lot of exhibits for the kids have a hands on approach as well as for the adults to see. There is a working grist mill and store that sells the flour that they have just ground. There are a lot of log building in the complex that you can enter and see how they lived long ago. Camping is available everywhere around this area but reservations for the parks campground are recommended. 1 or 2 days is recommended. Remember that this is also bear country so be careful and stay clear of them. There is a lot of animals in this area and some can be dangerous if approached. There is Elk, Deer, Bear, Fox, Red Wolf, Coyote, plus Large Cats.||59 Minutes||2006|
|California Trail Interpretive Center - NV. This is located on the route of the famous California Gold Rush trail to the California mother load. This site is very well done and well worth the stop off to see. The exhibits are very well done and everyone learns a lot about how hard this trip was. This center is located on I-80 just west of Elko NV. Allow a full 1/2 day to visit. This is a great stop for the kids to see how it was back then.||18 Minutes||2013|
|Eastern Canada - Trip to Nova Scotia Canada and the North Eastern corner of Canada. I also toured through MA, NH, VT, NY and PA to get there and then ending at the beginning of the Skyline Parkway and Shenandoah Valley National Park. The Shenandoah Parkway terminates at the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Important : Keep in mind there is a passport requirement to enter Canada and don't forget that the US $$$ to C $$$ conversion rate. Most areas will take the US $$$ but at face value thus it will be a lot more expensive if you do not have the C $$$. Fuel is sold in liters not gals and the cost is about C $1.00 per liter. One thing that you should be aware of is if you should take a pet with you then you will need to have the following: Current rabies with in the last 6 months, Full paper work of pet work up at the vets including the vets signature on the rabies certificate. Also watch out for weapons and wine and liquor. No guns unless pre-arranged and limited number of bottles of alcohol may be brought in. NO firewood over the border either. I spent 3 weeks visiting. Then I figured that I had spent all I could afford and headed back to the USA.||35 Minutes||2014|
|Western Canada - See the above on restrictions for Liquor, Guns and Pets. I started out running US-2 from Michigan at the Mackinaw Bridge going to Glacier National Park USA where I stopped over, then turned North into Canada. Along the way I toured most of western Canada before returning to USA via Vancouver BC area. Remember the Canadian-$$$ - It is cheaper to convert US-$$$ before you go there than after you get there. Fuel is best purchased on a Credit Card that offers free conversion rates. Fuel is a little cheaper on the western end compared to the eastern end. Food is still high and don't forget there VAT tax - their form of sales tax which is much higher than ours and is charged on everything. I crossed back to the USA just east of Vancouver Canada as it took less time to clear customs. Once back in the USA, I then headed south west to the Olympic National Forest and the Makah Indian Reservation. I stayed here for a week visiting the Olympic National Park and also visited with several Makah Indian friends from the military. I was able to see some of the restricted areas on the reservation. I was not allowed to take pictures during these trips. From here I then headed south to visited San Francisco due to the many wild forest fires in WA, OR and southern Canada. I headed home via I-80 area east instead of the planned route. This ended up being a very long trip. There are several videos that were made from this trip else where in this listing. I spent a total of 3 weeks in Canada and 5 weeks in the western USA.||60 Minutes||2015|
|Canyonlands National Park "The Needles" - UT. Rattle Snake Warning. This part of the park is in the southern end down near AZ state line. Among the sites in the park you will find "News Paper Rock" which has glyphs from the Anasazi Indians. This is a protected part of the park. There are a several campgrounds near the Needles area. The drive into the park is a long run from the main highway so have a full tank of fuel before you go in. The park HQ has a nice history of the entire park. Suggest that you stop and see it for an insight into what is ahead. Watch out for the heat as summer time is very hot. Be mindful of storms even if they are not in your area because of viloent flash floods. The vistas are a WOW. Going down into the bottoms and looking up is fantastic but keep in mind that you can get lost very easy. To visit is a full 1 day stop otherwise a week plus to camp and hike. There are 4X4 tours in the back country areas of this park as well. Same rules apply as for Arches on the rentals of the Jeeps. I really enjoyed it very much.||40 Minutes||2013|
|Canyonlands National Park "The Islands in the Sky" - UT. Rattle Snake Warning. This part of the park is located just after the Dead Horse State Park which you have to go by. Located in the Northern End of the vast Canyonlands National Park area, the views are totally different from that of the "The Needles" part at the southern end. I would recommend that you take time to see all four of these parks: Arches, Dead Horse, and all of the Canyonlands using at least + one week of time to do so. Camping is readily available for both ends of the Canyonlands Parks. It gets really hot during 1-5 in the afternoon in the summer time. Make sure that you have lots of water this you. Camp grounds are next to both parks - some with full hookups. Also don't forget that there are 4x4 Jeeps for rent for off roading to go back into the back country on tours.||21 Minutes||2013|
|Capital Reef National Park - UT. Capital Reef is at the eastern end of the UT-12 state highway. Traveling UT-12 Highway is a separate video below. This parks has massive cliffs and canyon galore with lots of hiking. Beware that a rain storm will bring flash floods in the many canyons. You may not hear or see the storm but the waters will run fast and deep with a lot of rocks and plant material in it. The rangers will warn you if you plan to hike to keep a sharp eye out on any river bed for a flash flood. The will tell you that they will kill you if you get caught in one. These flash floods run at about 15 mph downhill so be aware. In the park next to the road you will find boulders that are the size of houses that have fallen at one time or another from the rim above you. Best time to visit is in the fall and early or late in the day when it is cool. Photography is best in the early morning for the western rims and evening for the eastern areas. Plan for 1 full day unless camping then 1 week. Camp Ground is in the park but reservations recommended.||68 Minutes||2008
|Capulin Volcano National Monument - NM. This park is located just off of US-64 in Northern New Mexico near the eastern edge of the state. You can actually drive all the way up to the caldera entrance and then you can take a very steep trail and hike either around the rim or go down into the caldera. Again these trails are very steep both up and back down to the parking lot and remember that you are up at 10,000 feet so you will get really winded quickly. Take a lot of water as there is also no shade anywhere up there on top. You cannot take a trailer of any kind up as this road is less than 7 foot wide per lane. Motorhomes have a very hard time passing on-coming vehicles on this road. Allow 1 day for this trip.||22 Minutes||2013|
|Carlsbad Caverns National Park - NM. Most of the pictures in this video were taken using available light and a very high camera high ISO speed. For those that would like to walk down into the caverns there is a 1 mile hike down into the main rooms and then you can take the elevator back out which is the recommended route should you hike in. Otherwise simply take the elevators both ways. They have a on site pet kennel and the board fee is quite modest. You cannot leave a pet in a motorhome or camper period - AC running or otherwise. They check for pets on entry to the park. Warning: take a light jacket with you as the temperature will be between 50 and 54 degrees. Take water as well. Expect that you will be here for a full day! There is just to much to see. The best time to visit would be in the fall after the kids are back in school.||62 Minutes||2013|
|G. W. Carver National Monument - MO. This is geared towards school children but then again it offers a lot of information about the history of Mr. Carver for grownups. Kids get a class and learn all about Mr. Carver and peanuts and cotton and how he invented items to better process them. You as well as kids will find that this short film is well worth the watch. There exhibits are excellent and worth the look. Plan on 1/2 day here.||8 Minutes||2013|
|Cascades National Park and US-2 East to Glacier National Park - WA / ID / MT. We start out on the Pacific Ocean just north of Seattle WA and head east on highway WA-20 to US-2 at the WA / UT boarder. This allows one to see the scenic route of the all of the cascade mountains. The first stop along the route was seeing glaciers on Mt. Baker and all of the rain forest in the area. This area will be quite wet unless you choose the dry season in late fall. Then heading east the climate changes very little for the first few days - rain and more rain for this trip! The bad thing about this trip was that I planned to be there in the dry season but Mother Nature said sorry and every thing was wet but clean and green. The time I was there it rained about 1/2 of the time. This trip timed out to last about 6 days. Arrived at Glacier National Park to a closed "Going to the Sun Road". Detoured on US-2 to the East side of Glacier to camp. Woke up to snow and 25 degrees. Enjoyed this trip and hope to do it again going west instead of east. See the Glacier National Park Videos below.||125 Minutes||2008|
Chief Joseph & Bear Tooth Scenic Highways - WY
You start out just outside of Cody WY and head NW to the start of the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway. This road then ends at the Bear Tooth Scenic Highway. This is a all day trip and camping is available on both routes. WARNING: Large campers and travel trailers are NOT recommended on either of these roads due to the very steep grades and sharp hair-pin curves. The vistas are fantastic and there are a lot of great spots to stop and hike. Either road is a highly recommended touring road. At the west end of the Chief Joseph Highway you will be able to either turn west and enter Yellowstone National Park North East Corner or turn right and climb the Bear Tooth Highway to the Bear Tooth Mountain. CAUTION: The Yellowstone entrance is normally closed in the Elk Rut Season which is sometime between Mid September thru early November so plan your trip wisely. The Bear Tooth Scenic Highway. This road starts from the NE corner of the Yellowstone Park East Entrance and runs NNE up to 12,000+ feet up of Bear Tooth Mountain before going back down to Red Lodge MT. From there you can head back to Cody WY. Plan to spend several full days here in the summer. Be aware you are in snow country and part of these roads are subject to closer in winter except to the ski areas. Bear Tooth Mountain can have upwards to 25 feet of snow fall a season. All total this is an easy 9 hour driving trip out and up Bear Tooth Mountain and in fact can span several days with no trouble. I enjoyed 3 days on this part of my trip out west. The run into Yellowstone was very enjoyable and I exited via the Eastern entrance to return to my Cody Campground.
US-101 & Calif Hwy 1-
WA / OR / CA
Warning - This is a long video - 1:30:00 - A Trip down US-101 from Olympic National Park to California Highway 1 to San Francisco. Long and slow 5 day trip but well worth the run. Saw the Red Wood National Forest in southern Oregon and northern California plus all of the coast line. Great news, no rain on the entire trip! Warning: the road is very narrow and twisty. I would not recommend long campers or large motorhomes on this run. Away from the towns there are very few vehicle pullouts for you to stop and get out to view the coast. What few there are I found were to short for my truck and camper. Also, there is no warning that a pullout is just ahead. Locals want to run speed limit or higher but RV's cannot handle much above 45 mph. The roads are to steep and curvy to permit much more. PLUS - California has a trailer speed limit of 55 mph period - 3 axels or more. This also applies to RV's, Motor Coaches etc. as well. This speed limit is state wide and the fine is steep and the cops love issuing tickets especially to out of state drivers. The good news is that I never got any tickets.
|Colorado National Monument - CO. This is a baby version of the Bryce Canyon National Park. While not as breath taking it has a lot to offer. There are some hiking trails and camping is permitted in the park but most of it is a driving tour with many pull outs and a lot of vistas. Since this faces NE there is no good time to really get super color for cameras. But the best time I found was 3-5 in the afternoon and just after a rain storm. This is a day trip unless you are planning on hiking. The two entrances are about 10 miles apart so it is an easy access.||48 Minutes||2013|
|Colorado Sand Dunes National Park - CO. The Colorado Sand Dunes National Park is located South West of Denver. This is a unique park since the sand washes down the mountain and the wind blows it back up the mountain in a never ending cycle. There is camping and hiking here and a very good museum of the history of the dunes. I might add that the sand when lit by the sun is very bright white and make sure that you have dark sunglasses on otherwise you go inside and you can't see anything for 5 to 10 minutes! This park is located well out of the way so expect a long round trip to get there to see it if coming from Denver. Allow a full day for this trip due to the driving time required to get there.||5 Minutes||2013|
|Craters of the Moon National Park - ID. This is a very large lava field with many different types of lava flows to see. Some of the lava is very sharp to walk on so abide by the signs as it will cut through shoes and is deadly for pets. Dry Camping is allow within the park and the fee is most modest but there are NO hookups at all - just dry camping. There is a dump station and water at one location near the Ranger Station at the main entrance. Bathrooms are also found at this location but there are NO SHOWERS. Again a Warning : keep pets out of the lava fields for their own protections. Cut pads on their feet are slow to heal up. There are several areas that you can climb up the cinder cone to the top and other areas you cannot go due to the danger of falling through into a lava tube. Plan to spend 2 days in the fields.||26 Minutes||2013|
|Crater Lake National Park - OR. A dormant volcano that has filled up with water and now has fish in it. To get there you will find three different routes in. Access via the North, East and West entrances. The main road will take you around the entire lake but expect a full days drive time once there. The boat trip on the lake is a little pricy but you get what you pay for. The views from the water are breath taking and you get to visit the cinder cone in the lake as it is well out form shore. So the ride will allow you are able to look up instead of down. This is one of the deepest lakes at 1,943 feet deep. I have included some National Park photos in this video that were taken from the air during winter time in this video since getting there in the snow is a little bit on the difficult side. Currently in June 2019, there is still 22 feet of snow on the ground and most of the park is currently closed to everything but snowmobiles etc. Expect the park to open in late July 2019.||31 Minutes||2006
|Dead Horse Point State Park - UT. Rattle Snake Warning. This park is located between Arches NP and the Canyonlands "Island in the Sky" NP. While it is a state park it is well done with a lot of fantastic views and a good display of history of the creation of this area. If you look carefully you will see evaporation ponds in the valley below the look outs that will be both Blue and Turquoise in color. They are obtaining a potash factory found in the bottom of the canyon near the Colorado River. From this park you will continue on down the road into the Islands in the Sky part of the park. Be aware of electrical storms when in any of these parks. Allow 1/2 day for the area.||21 Minutes||2013|
|Death Valley to Sequoya to Kings Canyon and ending at the Yosemite National Parks - NV / CA. Rattle Snake Warning. On this trip I started at Las Vegas NV after our military reunion for the DASF units. When I started out early in the morning the free air temperature was a low 102 degrees in Las Vages NV. The first part of my trip west was to go to the Death Valley National Park. There is really no time that the park is cool in temperature but 80 degrees sure feels great in the winter. While I was in the park the air temperature 115 plus degrees for the average from 10am - 5pm! Warning don't get in a hurry and push your vehicle in this heat. It won't make it out. We entered on the Eastern side - stoping at all of the special places to visit. Since my dogs were with me the vehicle was left locked and engine running to keep the dogs from burning up. After 3/4 of the day we exited on the western side about 175 miles south of Mono Lake. At this point in time we stopped for the night where we had AC Power for the AC in the camper so we spent a cool night. From here we wondered over to the Sequoya National Park and set up a base camp for several days. We toured the Sequoya and Kings Canyon National Parks before heading out for Yosemite. There was a lightning started forest fire in Sequoya and the Hot Shots were fighting to gain control of it while we were there. We learned that in Yosemite you are now required to apply for camping reservations if you want to camp / stay within the park. We did share a spot with a couple from Germany who also had a very small camper and we both fitted into the space quite nicely and spent one night and then continued on our way. Best is to take the new shuttle bus around the valley floor. It is very hard to next to impossible find a place to park. Very crowded in the spring to late fall or the first snow fall. This trip covered 12 days including Yosemite. Yosemite National Park has a separate video found below.||70 Minutes||2008|
|Devils Tower National Monument - SD. A National Native American Indian site that is sacred to a large number of tribes in both the USA and Canada. As such it has a rich Indian history as to why it is so revered. I would suggest that you read up on it prior to your visit so that you can better understand what it is all about. You can get a permit to climb the face of the tower if you so desire but you will find it is a full days adventure up and back down. A lot of climbers only make it halfway up as it is not an easy climb. There is also a NO CLIMB ban during any special Indian Spiritual event and or the full week when the tribes take over the grounds. It take most of the day to get to the top of Devils Tower and is considered only for advance rock face climbers. There are a lot of trails around the base of the rock that you can hike and again bring lots of water. Plan to spend a half day here and then move on to the other parks through out this area.||18 Minutes||2008
|Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument - ID. This is basically a short driving tour of the original route the California and Oregon Trails took their wagons on heading west. Along the way you also may stop at the Florissant National Monument to view the fossil beds that are found there. There is a working area that you may visit when the dig site is open and ask questions. This would be a half day visit unless you join in the dig. The wagon ruts are viewable from the road or you may walk down to the trail. A full days stopover if joining the dig otherwise 1/2 day to visit and see all.||11 Minutes||2013|
|Fort Gains National Historic Site - AL. Located on the east end of Dauphin Island AL, this was one of two forts that guarded Mobile Bay. The Fort Morgan is across the bay on the other side that allowed them to catch any boat in a crossfire. You may take the ferry over to Fort Morgan and then return or if you have a bicycle then the cost is very low for a round trip. Next to this fort is the old 693rd Radar Squadron (AC&W) which was built by the Air Force in the early 1950's. There is a 5 mile causeway bridge out to the island from the mainland and then you turn east to get to the fort. They have a working black smith there every Wednesday & Saturday. This fort has an admission charge to go into the fort that is used for upkeep of the grounds. Kids find it a lot of fun to roam around in. Best to allow for a full day as there is also a Seaquarium across the street that the kids can touch live fish swimming in a big tanks and see movies on saltwater fish. There is both camp ground and several motels on the island. This is a fun vacation site for all ages and from WNC is a long 1 day drive there.||15 Minutes||2017|
|Fort Keary Battlefield - NB. This is a state battle field and is well worth the stop over to see it. You get to see the actual fort and how the layout of the land was done so they had the advantage over anyone coming. They have site tubes-scopes to allow you to see exactly where different thing happened so that you know how far away they were. Inside you will find that there is a beautiful Diorama of the fort showing everything about the operation of the fort and how they lived while out on the plains in the middle of nowhere. The staff were very knowledgeable and helpful in answering questions - suggest at least 1/2 day stop over.||28 Minutes||2008|
|Fort Laramie and Fort Scott National Historic Sites - KA. These sites are of historical importance. I was able to visit both in one day as they are not that far apart. These are just 2 of the many different forts out on the great plains in the old Indian Territory. It was very interesting to see what was left of Fort Laramie. It did not fair out very well over time but still has a lot of building still standing for you to visit. As for Fort Scott - it faired out better. It was build much later and is made of a lot of cinder block. This would be a full days visit and this includes a drive between each.||23 Minutes||2013|
|Fossil Butte - NV. My visit to Fossil Butte was by way of Brigham NV to the Tetons and on to Cody WY. Starting out the next day from the Golden Spike Railroad National Monument, I headed east on the back roads. All were two lanes and offered fantastic country side viewing on rolling mountains and valleys. Along the way I stopped in to visit the Fossil Butte site. This museum is really worth the time to get there and spend the time going through. You will learn a lot. They have a really neat way of showing the timelines of different periods of time and what was living at this point in time. I then went up to the beds but they were closed and gated. This was quite a climb up by vehicle and was for the most part a single lane road. I continued on to Bear Lake and ended up having dinner there. Then I spent the night near the lake and next morning I continued on to Jackson Hole WY. We entered the Tetons and spent a fair amount of time at the Ranger station and museum then continued on through Yellowstone and out the eastern gate to Cody where I arrived at dark at the camp ground. This was my base camp for touring all of the great spots in the area including NE Yellowstone, Big Horn Wilderness and Medicine Wheel to name just a few of the places.||32 Minutes||2013|
|Glacier National Park in 2010 - MT. We visited Glacier at the end of the Cascades trip and found that the park had a rock slide that took out a big chunk of the "Going to the Sun " road, so the park was closed in the middle. While we were on the western side we visited everything that was open. We then exited onto US-2 eastbound to the eastern side to visit everything that was again open all the way up to the gap and then had to return to the main entrance. So having visited both ends of the park and saw all that we could, we headed to the campground for the night. That night while at the campground the temperature fell from 45 degrees down to 22 degrees and snow came in. By morning some of the areas has 2-3 inches on the ground so we packed up and headed eastward toward Devils Tower. I noted that the glaciers were still visible then and when I returned 5 years later they were gone. So now you have to take some long hikes into the mountains to see any. In normal times when the Going To The Sun road is open it is a day trip on a round trip on the Going to the Sun Road due to the traffic on it.||38 Minutes||2010|
|Glacier National Park in 2015 - MT. Returning to Glacier in 2015 now that they had the Going To The Sun Road open again I spend 4 days here at the park. Several fires were contained and or put out and then another one started up in another area by some careless campers. This one cause a lot of ash on everything so much so that it looked like it had dumped a heavy wet snow and the smoke was very bad. I packed up and left the park to head up into Canada I did not run out of smoke for 80 miles going north. I might add that Canada had its share of forest fires as well. Sad to say that the many glaciers that were visible from the road are now gone on both sides of the border.||29 Minutes||2015|
|Golden Spike National Historic Site - NV. The Golden Spike was hammered into place at the meeting of the two railroads at a place called Promontory NV. This now linked the East Coast to the West Coast by rail. They have exact running full size replicas' of both of the steam engines that were at this meeting and are displayed and operated daily. These are full size engines and are burning oil rather than coal. There is also a actual running of the engines on the rails. Plus you can climb up a platform and see inside the cab of the engines. Plan on 1/2 day or more depending on if you want to drive the old rail road bed which is now a graveled and narrow road with one way traffic on it.||29 Minutes||2015|
|Grand Canyon National Park - Both the South and North Rims - AZ. Rattle Snake Warning. The first time I was there was in 1970 and there were very few crowds. It was a lot of fun to visit back then. Then when I came back in 2006 in Sept. there was an early snow fall. The crowds were vast and you now have to use a shuttle service on the south rim. Don't try to visit the north rim in the Elk Rut Season as they will close parts of the north side down for your protection. There is a lot of camping and hiking available but again beware of the Elk and Bears as they will come at you. Elk can be very aggressive. The views to me from the north rim are better than the south rim. Today the South Rim is crawling with foreign visitors so you are required to use the trolley / bus system to move around the rim to the various viewing locations. You pay to park your vehicle and then ride the bus to the rim. Once at the rim they have a trolley system that shuttle people around the south rim. The south rim is 1000 vertical feet lower in elevation than the north rim. So the weather is totally different for both locations. I spent one full day at the south rim and then visited the north rim twice spending a sum total of 20 days over 2 different years nosing around. I did a lot of hiking along the north rim and drove to some of the lesser known viewing locations that are all rough gravel roads. I visited this during different seasons over the years.||62 Minutes||2006
|Grand Staircase UT-12 - Escalate - UT. This scenic highway starts at Red Rocks Canyon and Bryce Canyon National Park and progress via Kodachrome and ends at Capital Reef National Park. The recommend direction to drive it is from West to East or Bryce Canyon to Capital Reef. The other way is not very scenic. Keep in mind that you are gaining elevation all the time you are traveling. Make sure you stop at all of the state parks along the way or you will be missing a lot of fantastic viewing. This is a fantastic day trip or two. I chose to do it in 3 days. Another tour you may take starts and ends at the Grand Canyon and visits 5 different national parks along the way. This tour is called the Grand Escalate Circle. This trip is the second leg of the Grand Escalate Circle tour.||40 Minutes||2013|
|Grand Tetons National Park - WY. The Grand Tetons is just outside of Jackson Hole WY and buts up against Yellowstone National Park. This park has two seasons warm and very cold - lots of snow. Most people visit during the period from late spring thru the first major snow in November. Once a snow base is on the ground it snow mobile time only except for the main access roads which they try to keep open for most of the year. The views of the mountains are out of this world. There are a lot of things to do and see within this park so plan for more than several days to visit. You will find plenty of camping both tent and RV available in both parks. Hiking for weeks is very common but this will require that you do your homework. Do take time to visit the two churches found within this park. They are very old but breathtaking! There is a lot of wild life all over the place so do not get in a hurry. Rain can appear out of nowhere and be gone just as quick. Dress accordingly especially in the fall. The main campground inside of the Tetons is a Dry Camping Only with a fee base. They have a out house type of bathroom and one location for both water and dump station. During peak season there is a time limit on your stay.||51 Minutes||2006
|Great Basin National Park - UT. Rattle Snake Warning. There is not a lot to see at this National Park just driving through it but there is a lot of hiking available. Lots of distant views of the mountains and valleys. It is basically a very dry area. Keep in mind that all rivers enter this large vast valley end here and then dry up. There is no exit for the lakes. I toured the museum and look around. Not to much to see that is unusual as the pictures will show. I did camp in the dry campground for the night and was the sky ultra clear. The milky wave star system is fantastic to see in a unpolluted clear sky - no light pollution from any citys. Highly recommended that you do this. This is well worth the night stop over camping. If you know how to do it take pictures of the sky late at night they you really should so as I said it is something to see.||33 Minutes||2013|
|Hovenweep National Monument - CO / UT. Hovenweep is located on the Cajon Mesa that extends over both of the states of Colorado and Utah. The area is rugged and the dirt roads are not for low slung cars. They will get hung up on them. My truck dragged bottom a number of times driving these unmaintained roads. Do not plan a trip during the rainy season. These roads are impassable. The ruins are located through out the area. There is a lot of driving to move about to see all of them. Be prepared to do a lot of walking as well. I found that I used 2 full days to visit all of the Indian buildings and other areas of interest. I also dry camped near the park entrance that night. Again very dark skies which make star gazing fantastic.||9
|Hubbard Museum of the American West - NM. This museum is located in the west end of the town of Ruidoso Downs NM. The museum has full displays of the life on the old western plains. Actual wagons and stage coaches as well as other horse / oxen drawn buggies are on display where you can actually touch them. A very large display of old Native American Artifacts are also on display which I found to be very fascinating. It really opens ones eyes as to what our ancestors endured. In addition outside ther is a display of bronze horses (all 1.5 X life size) showing all of the breeds that were common in this area. This is a large and fantastic display. Allow 1 day stop over. A Campground is near by with full hookups.||15 Minutes||2013|
|Hurlburt Field AFB - FL. Home of the Tactical Air Commando Training Center until it was moved to Lackland AFB TX. This shows my short visit to the site prior to their move to Lackland AFB. There is a small group of static aircraft on display near the main entrance to the base. Had a chance to visit and see how they are teaching Airman how to be TAC-P's. You must go to the Base Security for admission to the base to visit these aircraft on display.||25 Minutes||2013|
|Makah Indian Reservation and the Olympic Range - WA. Touring the Makah Indian tribal land and a visit to the Olympic Rain Forest at the ocean level all the way up to the Mt. Olympic glaciers. Really requires a few days to see it all. Visit in the dry season as it can be very wet 80% of the time. In the summer time remember that the higher up Mt. Olympus you go the colder it gets so take the proper clothing with you and that also should includes rain gear year around. I have visited this area 4 times and have spent several full weeks there each time. I would like to go back again to see more of what I missed especially along the coast line.||40 Minutes||2010
|Medicine Wheel National Monument - WY. All of the Plains Indian Tribes at one time or the other will visit this site to pay homage to their ancestors. This park will be close to the public whenever there is a gathering of any of the tribes. You may visit the website and verify when the park will be closed to non Native Americans. This park is located on top of a mountain near Cody WY. You will have to travel up US-14A which is a very steep highway to get there. Warning NO TRAILERS of any kind on this road both the highway and the park access road. The last 1/2 mile is a hike into the site as there is a no parking at the actual site. When I was there the Shoshone Tribe was there and I was asked not to take any pictures of the ceremony they were having.||34 Minutes||2013|
|Mesa Verdi National Park - CO. This is the home of the Anasazi People who became what is know today as the Zuni, Hopi, Navajo, and Apachi Tribes. This national park is divided into two sections. The Main section will take all day to visit all of the sites. The second section will be an all day visit if you plan to explore the pueblo that the park has opened to the public that requires you to hike down to and the go through. This hike requires the use of a number of ladders to get to different areas of the village. The rest of the park is a gentle walk to and around the ruins. I would suggest that if you really want to explore this park then allot at least 3 and up to 5 days for the trip. There are several camp grounds near the park and you can get a multi day pass if you need to.||57 Minutes||2013|
|Monument Valley and the 4 Corners area - UT / AZ / CO / NM. These parks are both located on the Navajo Indian Reservation and are run by the Navajo Tribal Council. There is admission for entrance into both of the parks. If you want to go out to see the Monuments up close and personal, then this is a ride in the back of a modified 4x4 truck with seats and the tour takes about 2+ hours. They keep personal vehicles out of the park trail except when a special permit is purchased. ~ As for the 4 Corners area, you simply park and walk into the area where all 4 of the states come together. This is located on about 1 acre of land. The Navajo vendors setup all around exterior of the area and are selling their handcrafted items. I did not see anything that was not made by the Navajo People. A lot of silver pieces with nicely polished stones mounted in rings and earrings. The necklaces were quite different between vendors.||15 Minutes||2013|
|Mt. Evans State Park - CO. This road climbs up to 14,260 feet straight up. This is one of the highest roads in the USA. The mountain is SW of Denver off of I-70. When I visited the temperature start out at 97 degrees at 6000 feet in Denver CO and ended up at 40 degrees and dropping with a storm on one side of the mountain and clear on the other side. I might add that the air is very thin up there. I and the my dogs got winded just walking around a little near the very top of the mountain. From the parking area you hike up the last 200 vertical feet to the very top, but remember that they clear all people off of the top when a electrical storm approaches. When this happens then you have to return to your vehicle and wait the storm out. This trip from Denver will require a full days drive time and includes time on top of the mountain. There is also a observatory on top which is run by the Colorado University but is not open to the public to visit.||26 Minutes||2013|
|Mt Rushmore National Monument - SD. Tickets at Mt Rushmore includes a return pass for the laser light show held each evening after dark. This is set to both a narration and music. It is shown in a amphitheater at the foot of the mountain below the bust. There is not a lot to see and the visit can be done in 3 hours time. Then just down the road is the Crazy Horse Monument that is under construction at this time. They have a large museum and video program for you to take in. Then you can purchase a ticket and you can go up and tour the work site. Admission ticket plus a bus tickets to the top makes it a little pricy to visit Crazy Horse.. Except for the Light show allow a full day for both tours etc. Then after the light show it was a 1 hour drive time back to campground 2 miles away due to very heavy very slow traffic.||22 Minutes||2008
|Mt. St. Helens National Park - OR. At this time 2010 - you must enter from the main entrance only. The east entrance to Spirit Lake was closed as was several other areas on the back side of the mountain this year. They expect that these entrances to the east side should be open once again in 2018. The museum has a 20 minute video that is well worth the watch on the actual eruption. Hiking is permitted in limited areas and camping is by permit only on the east side in 2010. There is a long drive time from I-5 into the viewing area of the park. Can be very wet with rain as you are on the escarpment from the Pacific Ocean with the usual seabrease. You can plan on a full day to take in everything once you get to the park entrance.||46 Minutes||2006
|Native American Indian Art Exhibit in Atlanta GA. This exhibit is a permanent display and was in parallel with the Ansell Adams Exhibit that I went to see. When I visited I found that both of the displays were very interesting. The Ansell Adams display show mostly his prints that were less that 8x10 in size and since he did only black and white I found this to be very interesting in how he use light to make his photos pop out. Moving on to the Indian exhibit, this was very interesting as it contained a lot of items from all of the different tribes in the USA. If you are ever in Atlanta and have the time then I would highly recommend that you take the time to visit if you are interested in the history of the Native American Indians Tribes. Once inside you can plan on a full days tour of this Museum.||48 Minutes||2014|
|Niagara Fall - NY / Canada. I spent the night in Vermont having arrived there from Canada. Leaving that morning I was dodging the many rain storms from the Vermont campground across New York, I ended up at the Niagara Campground very near the falls. I spent a 2 full day at the falls and did most of the tours. Did not take a lot of pictures in the mist area because I did not have a water proof camera. Enjoyed the history of the falls and the tour of the first AC power generating plant built by Nikola Tesla. Spent 2 days doing all of the touring. Warning take rain gear as the falls can have a lot of wind blowing the spray around and all over the place.||26 Minutes||2013|
|NC Mountains & Blue Ridge Parkway - NC / TN. Several road trips around the Blue Ridge Parkway starting west of Asheville NC and into Cherokee Indian Village. Also toured the Smoky Mountains up and over to Gatlinburg TN and then down to Cades Cove (Separate Video). Did the Foot Hills Parkway in TN and Highway 129 known as "The Snake" to the motorcycle riders. Then went over to Robbinsville NC and got onto the Cherohala Skyway down to Tellico Plains TN. We then headed south and looped around back home via US-64 then down to Router SC-11 east and home. This was a 4 day trip.||65 Minutes||2010
|Old Western Town Preserved - Cody - WY. This is a group of log cabins that has recovered and moved from their original location out in the mountains and brought to Cody and painstakingly rebuilt and put on display. When I say they have moved many old buildings from out well away from Cody into this area I mean it. The area is very rugged and hard to get around in as these roads are not paved nor are they maintained as there are on ranches. They have collected many old relics that are on display as well as several large Indian Arrowhead Collections. A lot of equipment that was use in the 1700's on are also on display in a as is condition. This is a well worth stop just to see how the family's lived back then. Allow 1/2 day for this side show. This is just inside the town limits on the west side of Cody WY heading to Yellowstone on Highway US-14.||63 Minutes||2013|
|Oregon Trail National Historic Site - ID. This is an interpretive center that is near the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument. All of this is overlooking the Snake River which is headed at this time due North before it makes a hard left for it run to the Pacific Ocean. The museum has a lot of interesting item on display from this time period. Keep in mind that the California Trail branches off in this area and will head SW to California while this part of the trail will head Due West to Oregon. Both trails were brutal and a lot of people died along the way. This is a 1/2 days visit but worth the time. I camped in the Mountain Home ID campground and toured out from there. Camping was 3 days here.||21 Minutes||2015|
The Painted Desert & Petrified Forest National Parks - AZ.
This is a single Naional Park that is divided into two different parks. It is divided into two by I-40. This is the first part - the Painted Desert and then the Petrified Forest is the second part. However you may enter at either end and see both parks at the same time for the same park entrance fee. I would divided this into 1/2 day for each part of the park if no hiking done. If hiking then a permit is required and then expect to spend 1 week or more in either side. When I arrived it was just after a heavy cloud burst and this really brought out the colors on the Painted Desert. The pictures will show you the color that you will get to see. By the time I got to I-40 all of the colors had soften from drying out. Just remember that the angle of the sun will cause the colors to change. Then after crossing over I-40 you will be entering the Petrified Forest National Park. I encountered the final part of a flash flood although it was really at the end of its run, having been cause by the earlier rain storm. This flash flood was running under the bridge and there were a number of people stopped taking pictures of it. I just kept going. This part of the park has cameras all over the place to keep people from stealing the petrified rocks. Plus there were rangers everywhere just to keep people honest. This park had a lot of people from Asia when I was there over the years. This will take the second 1/2 of the day and then you spend the night at the other end. If out there do try to stop in and see this as it is well worth the time. Also there are a lot of shops that sell the petrified rocks if you really want one. The big ones can be quite expensive since they have been polished and some have clear coat on it to protect the surface.
|Plains Indians Museum in the Buffalo Bill Wild West Center Cody - WY. This exhibit will take about 3/4's of a day to walk through and see everything. It is divided up on two levels and I spent a full day here myself. I found it most interesting as they had various tribes on display and to be able to see how each did their clothing and bead work is remarkable. They have on display tribal clothing, jewelry, tribal war material, displays of actual living conditions etc. You will learn a lot about the plains Indians and their life style which is based on the Bison. Again the bead work that they did with porcupine quills is fantastic to see. Pottery and basket weaving is very unusual and finely done. The designs that were woven in these baskets are a treasure to the eyes. The Buffalo Bill Wild West Center is at least a 3 or 4 day visit.||52 Minutes||2013|
|Ring Ranch Historic Site - NM. This was an all day driving tour on dirt roads in the back country with a guide leading the way. Not recommended without a guide as it is very easy to get lost on these not so well marked dirt roads. Again, it was well maintained gravel all the way. We started in Eagle Nest and headed east. Once we crossed over the mountain range we then turned left off US-64 and headed up a dirt road into the park area although there is no sign saying this is the route to the Ring Ranch as such. Along the way we stopped at the parking area and walked about 1/2 mile into the Ring Ranch which is being preserved as a historic site / place. The ranch land is in use by ranchers for grazing so there is cattle and horses around. We then continued on around through the mountains and finally looped back around via Taos to Eagle Nest where we start from. This was a fun tour / trip and was sponsored by the campground in Eagle Nest NM.||45 Minutes||2013|
|Rocky Mountains National Park - CO. You will be able to see this park as I toured it from both directions. East to West then also West to East. Both have totally different views. In the last trip - 2013 - sadly most of the pines trees are dead having been killed by the pine beetle blight. This park is now just ripe for one huge forest fire. On the first trip, 2 hours after I start up and over from the west entrance heading east, they close the park due to a early snowfall. I was lucky as I was ready to head down on the east side which was still open. Allow a full day for this trip one way. The second trip I started up from the east side and exited on the west side. I liked the west to east trip better.||70 Minutes||2008
|Royal Gorge Bridge Park - CO. This suspension bridge over the Arkansas River is a privately owned park. There are two different admissions. One for on foot and one if you want to drive across the bridge. Either way it is very pricy and everything cost lots of money. Walking over the bridge you do get the swinging motion if there is a little wind. If a vehicle drives across the the bridge really moves so you feel the bounce as the vehicle hits the joints. When looking straight down you will see the railroad that runs next to the river in the bottom of the gorge. Note this is not a canyon but rather a gorge due to it having a opening at both ends of the gorge. I saw 2 different trains pass under the bridge while I was there. There were rafters on the river as well. Allow at least 1/2 days once you get there.||19 Minutes||2013|
|San Francisco - Golden Gate Park - CA. This trip was done while I was visiting friends in the city. We went through Golden Gate Park, saw the Japanese gardens, the beach highway, and then we drove down the coast highway CA-1 to Santa Cruz. Once there and after lunch we came back to the city via Skyline Drive stopping at several sites including the old logging railroad station. This is a full days drive plus 1 day at the Golden Gate park area. The Park today has been invaded by the homeless and they are making a mess of the place. 2019. My friends have sent pictures of what is happening and it is really ashame to see this happen. It was a fantastic place to go and just hang out for a concert or just to take in nature.||60 Minutes||2006
|San Francisco to Santa Cruz via Highway 1 - The Coast Highway - CA. This is the second trip down the coast highway to spend more time on the coast rather than just drive down and back. See a lot of what is the above video plus close-ups of some new thing along the coast.||37 Minutes||2010|
|Shenandoah National Park and the Skyline Drive - VA. A drive down the Skyline Drive through the Shenandoah National Park is just breath taking. This drive ends at what is the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway. While the elevation for this road is not as high as that of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the views are just as great. They have a good Ranger Station / museum that has a lot of stuff on display that you will see along the way. Lots of pull outs so you can stop and get out and take in the views. Camping is available next to the park as well. Try to choose a time when the weather is forecasted to be clear and pretty. Late fall is ideal for fall color. 1 or 2 days for this trip.||15 Minutes||2014|
|Sunset Crater and the Wupatki Indian Preserve - AZ. This is a volcano that you can hike all around but cannot go to the top of the actual cinder cone as it is to dangerous - not stable ground at all and the cinders are very sharp and cut like glass. The lava is both of cinder and ash flows. Camping is restricted to certain areas and requires a permit. The native flowers are unusal and quite colorful. Then after going a little further around will be The Wupatki Indian Preserve that shows how these people lived way back when. While the tribe to my knowledge does not exist anymore, their building do. These buildings are very well preserved and it is amazing how the people survived in this harsh area. To visit this area you will be starting out at Flagstaff, you will head north and then turn east at the Sunset Crater entrance. To be able to visit everything please allow a full day and then you will end up at the east entrance of the Grand Canyon National Park.||32 Minutes||2008|
|Tall Grass Prairie National Preserve - KS. This has two of the the three types of Tall Prairie Grasses that are found within the South Western Plains. They have several hiking trails but I found that the middle length - a 3/4 mile hike to be enough in the heat of the day as the area is very hilly and the trail does a 250 foot vertical climb. This trail also will allow you to visit the old school house that is part of this preserve as well as walk through the tall grass which will be about shoulder high or so. Should you have a dog then they are allowed on the trail as well with the usual requirements for leash and clean up. One of the few parks that will allow dogs on the hiking trail. The Prairie Grass comes in three different heights - the low is 1.5 ~ 2 feet where you will find Bison followed by the middle height of 3.5 ~ 4.5 feet then the tall which is over 6.5 feet high. The some of the various versions are very sharp and will cut. To go through the tall grass requires a tall horse. Allow about 1 full day.||12 Minutes||2015|
|Thermopolis Museum of the old west - WY. The town offers mineral thermal pools that you can swim in and it is really hot water. I really enjoyed my dips in these pools. The museum has one of the largest Indian Arrow Head Collections in the USA. Each of the displays shows a different tribe and / or time period. I found this to be quite interesting and spent a lot of time looking. Also the other item in the museum are from various periods dating back to before white man settled in the area. I would suggest that you really give the museum a full day just to go through. I also recommend the hot pools where you can just float around and relax then have a great nights sleep. Please note that some of the pictures from the museum are included in this video.||62 Minutes||2015|
|Thermopolis Dinosaur Museum - WY. These are the bones of Dinosaurs that have been found in the general area of Thermopolis. They also have a area where you can watch the staff as they clean and preserve the bones that have been brought into the museum for display. They have a video on a bird that they have found in this area. You can see the actual bones of the bird and then watch a video of how it flew. 1 full day to visit if you want to watch the staff work for a short time. Fantastic for the kids of the family to have fun at and at the same time have a learning session!||22 Minutes||2015|
|Vermilion Cliffs National Monument - AZ. Rattle Snake Warning. In this video you will see the newly released California Condors in 2006 but remember that they are very high up. The park ranger tracking them point them out to us and I used a 600mm telephoto lens to capture what I have here. The cliffs and mesas are really something else - the colors change during the changes of the angle of the sun. The rocks and butts are everywhere and different. When I went into the back country of this monument which was on the North Side of the cliffs, I will warn you the roads are very rough - wash board style and the ground like concreat. You are advised to drop your tire pressure to about 20 psi while you are in the park and then when you exit you pump them back up. Even then you will still pound yourself to death on these roads. The Jeep 4X4 guys use special 12 lbs tires on their vehicles to go back into the areas to camp and do what ever. Then when you exit they have full size air compressors to pump up the tires again and head home. Fantastic views all along the way. Allow at least a full day plus more if you are planing on camping. Camping will be dry camping for this type of trip.||72 Minutes||2006
|The Washita Battlefield National Historic Site and Chief Black Kettle's Tribe - OK. This is the story of the Washita Indian Tribe that was massacred by the US Calvary. A very sad story and it should never have happened. This tells the story of the tribe. The complete story is presented in the Park HQ. They also have a short film showing just what happened. After this then you drive a short distance and hike down to where the battle / massacred took place. Plan on 1 day as it is out in the middle of nowhere in OK.||09 Minutes||2015|
|Winchester Gun Museum in the Buffalo Bill Wild West Center Cody - WY. The largest collections of all know firearms ever made by the Winchester Company and a lot of other manufactures as well. In addition there are several thousands of other guns on display. What is on display encompasses hand guns to rifles of all types dating back to the very early days of these weapons. You wander through each company's many different firearms and the varity of guns are truly amazing. The displays are done from the earliest to current weapons. Each section is set up for the maker of that brand of weapons. This is really a complete history lesson of the firearms from the start through today. They also have the Gatling guns and machine guns as well. The Buffalo Bill Wild West Center is a 3 or 4 day visit.||74 Minutes||2013|
|Wright Patterson AFB Air Museum - Dayton OH. This is one of the largest collection of aircraft in the nation. There are 4 giant hangers and the 5th one in now under constructions. They have planes displayed on 3 different levels within each hanger. The planes are divided up depending on which war they were used in. There are a number of aircraft that you are allowed enter including some of the retired Air Force 1 Presidental aircrafts. The black-hawk - B-52 - and other very large aircraft are on display inside of the hangers. Full History of each is displayed at the plane. I would suggest that you download the guide and plan at least a full week with a lot of walking. Scooters are available on a rental basis on a first come first get - recommended! Each hanger is divided into different wars and or locations. Vietnam for example uses half of one of the hangers and the Korean war uses the other half. Some of the aircraft are on the floor. Next there real big ones are raised up on stands about 6 foot off the floor and you can walk under them. A number of lighter planes are swung below the the ceiling overhead. So you got them everywhere! Kids have a blast here.||36 minutes||2014
|Yellowstone - WY. I plan to expand this video shortly but at this time it is only showing the highlights of the park. Ok - Yellowstone also has a problem in the fall time. They close the NE corner of the park when the Elk are in rut season. So from somewhere around the end of August through November you are not allowed into this area. So this video was divided up into sections that were taken at different times. I was there 3 different times and the weather was quite different each time. On the first trip I encountered snow in middle of September! The other times the weather was nice but cold at night. August proved to be very busy and not a lot of places to stop and get out due to the large numbers of visitors. Really, September and October is the best time to come prior to the snow season. It can be very crowded during the non snow period and is now getting to the point that reservations to enter or using any of the park campground are going to be required. While this is not in effect now best plan on check up on this if you plan to stay inside the park. Traffic during the summer is a pain so plan ahead accordingly. These great big motorhomes being driven by people who do not have training in handling these large vehicle on very narrow steep roads are causing problems for everyone. Also people from outside of the US who have little driving experience are have a lot of accidents on the narrow roads inside the park. In 2015 the park was in the process of widening a few of the roads but this is still an on going task. Allow at least 1 week - maybe 2 weeks to fully appreciate this national park. All total I spent about 5 weeks in the park over the three trip there. I did a lot of hiking.||23 Minutes
|Yosemite National Park - CA. Warning if you are planning to stay or camp in this park then you MUST get a reservation or you do not stay after dark. The campsites are booked as much as a year in advance. You have been forwarned on this. This applies to both the hotel and the camp grounds within the park. It is wall to wall people now all over the lower valley. In the upper meadows 2010, you can find some areas to go where it is not so crowded but that is becoming very hard now. Also it seems that everyone has to go to the park and make a mess of it. The rangers are having a hard time keeping up the trash. When I was there the 2nd time they were having to do a big control burn to get rid of some invasive plants that were taking over the lower valley. They were planning on another burn the next year in the meadows up in the upper area of the park. These plants were tracked in by some of the many visitors. I have visited the park starting way back in 1968-1971 each year and then returned in 2008. A lot of changes have occurred over the years. Some of the changes are bad and will never be fixed. This park requires at least 1 week to fully enjoy. If you plan to do back country hiking then 2 to 4 weeks are recommended. Remember that this is bear and mtn. lion country as well as elk & moose.||44 Minutes||2008
|Zion National Park + Cedar Brakes National Monuments - UT. Zion now requires you to use the shuttle bus to get into the park from park headquarters. There is a limit as to how many people may go in as well so reservations are now a must. In this video you will be going up to the back side of Zion - not into the lower sections with all of the people have to go and as such will be looking down into / onto that back area. This view is totally different than going into the canyons and looking up. I then continued on to Cedar Brakes National Park travelling on a fantastic set of back roads. Some were paved and the rest were gravel. Once I got to the Cedar Brakes, I encountered a thunderstorm forming up and I had to wait that out since there was a lot of lightning then I toured this park. There was just to much lightning in this storm. This is much like Bryce Canyon but on a much smaller scale. There is a token admission but not required. I enjoyed looking but don't get near the edge or it is a long ways down before you stop! This ground is very loose and will slide. This is a 1/2 day tour at the Cedar Brakes but the drive took third of a day to get there traveling and stopping all along the way.||72 Minutes||2006
The First Vietnam Veterans National Memorial
built during the 1st. Tet Offensive 1968 ~ 1971.
It is considered to be well worth the watch by most all veterans.
To watch this video - please click >>here<<.
All my shows were
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I like Topaz's AI modules for repairing errors in exposure and general cleanup & repair.
All Panoramas were created using
Microsoft I.C.E. due to the very large
This program also supports multiple high and wide splicing. IE : 4 rows high and 8 frames wide.
I normally try do all my pictures in the RAW format on both the Canon and Fuji Cameras.
I find JPG to be just a little bit to lousy of a format for great editing due to picture info loss.
Cameras I use are the Canon G-16, a point & shoot and the Canon 5d MK-II full frame digital
with these Canon Lenses: 20mm f2.8; 40mm f2.0; 28~70mm f2.8; 70~300mm f4-6;
100mm macro f2.8; plus a Tamron 28-300 f4.5~5.6 which is my carry around general purpose lens.
I also use a 1.5X extender adapter to extend my long lenses but at the cost of loss of light by a factor of 2 f-stops.
I use both a Fuji X-10 and a X-30 Pro Rangefinder Cameras. I normally do quick panoramas
with these cameras as well as general photography. The Fuji Cameras are the preferred
cameras for hiking as they are ultra light weight; long battery life and a very good zoom ratio lens.
that were taken with either a Go-Pro Hero 3 or the Hero 5 cameras,
either mounted on the roof of my truck or on a tripod. The Go-Pro camera can also
be mounted on a small custom made motorized panning device that attaches
to a small tripod for 360 degree pans. I use 30 frames per second filming
rate and a setting of 100 degrees for the wide angle rather than the standard
120 plus degrees when using these cameras. This will keep the vertical lines
somewhat straight while passing through the picture.