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    Parks and Sparks - July 9

    The last day was over familiar roads, but it was also a bad day for the GPS. It kept trying to take us on a routing that we knew was wrong. It was a good thing we know the road. We really took our...
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    Parks and Sparks - July 8

    Today we had no specific sightseeing scheduled, so we put on lots of miles from Hays, Kansas to Mount Vernon, Illinois. While driving across Kansas, we went past a legendary wind farm that stretched...
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    Parks and Sparks - July 7

    We started our day in Gunnison under partly cloudy skies with occasional blue and cool temperatures, but by the time we got to the long climb up to Monarch Pass the sky was completely overcast and...
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    The Sparks are yet to come, but they are not what...

    The Sparks are yet to come, but they are not what I intended, and they had nothing to do with the 4th. Patience...
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    Parks and Sparks - July 6

    At 3:13 this morning a huge bolt of lightning and a equally loud clap of thunder woke me up. Shortly after the rude awakening, the rain came, and I thought we might have to abandon our plans to see...
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    What view in Moab isn't great? It certainly is a...

    What view in Moab isn't great? It certainly is a fantastic city in every respect!

    Harry
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    Parks and Sparks - July 5

    Tonight we are in Heaven; figuratively, not literally. On the map it is shown as Moab, Utah, but there must be a supreme being who shaped and sculpted the amazing and impossible rock formations in...
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    Thanks Dave, I've done this trip, or portions...

    Thanks Dave,

    I've done this trip, or portions of it several times, and I see or experience something new on every one of them. Three parks to go, and I'm certain that they will provide more...
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    Parks and Sparks - July 4

    One important lesson I've learned since I began road tripping 25 years ago is that you have to keep your options open. You can't plan for every activity or attraction along the road, so it's best to...
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    Parks and Sparks - July 3

    Today was one of the days I feared had too much activity in it, and I was proved right. I had set a goal of nearly 400 miles of driving combined with four sites to visit. We were doomed from the...
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    Parks and Sparks - July 2

    Neither of us slept well last night; consequently, we were awake and raring to go at 5AM. We were on the road by 6 with a rather long day ahead.

    Our first destination was Butte, Montana, a city...
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    Parks and Sparks - July 1

    This was our second day in Yellowstone Park. The guide book recommends a minimum of 2 days to see enough of the features in the park, but suggests that 5 days will allow you to visit everything...
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    Yes, the elk herd is permanent. In fact, there...

    Yes, the elk herd is permanent. In fact, there is a sign across the street from the fort that tells about them. The last time I was there, another male elk was trying to cull some of the females...
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    Parks and Sparks - June 30

    We arose nice and early to get a good start to a long day of sightseeing. But before we could leave the hotel, Judy noticed that a hot air balloon was being inflated in the field near our hotel. I ...
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    Parks and Sparks – June 29

    Our destination for today was Driggs, Idaho. It is on the west side of the Grand Teton Mountains and requires a 16 mile drive over a mountain pass from Jackson Hole, Wyoming with lots of 10 percent...
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    Parks and Sparks - June 28

    Today we drove across Nebraska on I-80 with several diversions to visit The Archway at Kearney, Nebraska's answer to The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, a genuine Pony Express Station and an equally...
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    Parks and Sparks - June 27 Day two was a...

    Parks and Sparks - June 27

    Day two was a little more interesting, as we traversed the state of Missouri on Route 36, which is soon to become Interstate 72. It parallels I-70 about 60 miles north...
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    2015 - Parks and Sparks

    Parks and Sparks - June 26

    I always make up a name for my trips, and this one is no exception. The 'Parks' will become quite evident, since we intend to visit six of our national parks in...
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