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Driving CA Route 108: The Sonora Pass

After three days in Bridgeport and a pleasant brekky in Lee Vining, Sami and I hit the road and headed north along U.S. Route 395 to CA-108. California State Route 108 is an east-west highway that traverses the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California. The Sonora Pass is steep and winding in many places. While… Continue reading Driving CA Route 108: The Sonora Pass

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Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona is a hiker's paradise. Located on the southwestern edge of the Colorado Plateau in central Arizona, Sedona is famous for its red rock formations and eclectic culture. We've driven through this part of Arizona before. Back in 2012, we stopped in Sedona for a night on the way back from southern Colorado. While… Continue reading Sedona, Arizona

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Flagstaff Area National Monuments

Over our nearly twenty years of travel as a family, Flagstaff, Arizona has become a place we frequent, either as a stop on our road tripping adventures or as a vacation of its own. Located along Interstate 40 and U.S. 89, Flagstaff is in relatively close proximity to two national parks. The South Rim of… Continue reading Flagstaff Area National Monuments

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Bryce Canyon National Park

This post will be another hike up memory lane, inspired by an article I saw on Facebook about the most beautiful national parks to visit in winter.  Bryce Canyon National Park was of course on the list, with serene photos of snow-covered hoodoos and bright blue skies. We visited in summer a few years ago,… Continue reading Bryce Canyon National Park

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Petrified Forest National Park

It's probably difficult to imagine, but hundreds of millions of years ago, Arizona was a tropical rainforest, rich in greenery and trees.  Over time, the geology of the earth shifted and changed, and the region eventually became the Arizona we know today. Over the course of that time, stream and river deposits formed the Chinle… Continue reading Petrified Forest National Park