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Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Guadalupe Mountains National Park: Stunning Hiking in Texas

Thursday 13th December, 2018

Built from a magnificent Permian fossil reef, the Guadalupe Mountains National Park hosts the 4 highest peaks in Texas and offers incredible hiking opportunities. Amongst the intrigues of the park are its unusual timezone, giant gypsum sand dunes and McKittrick Canyon - said to be the most beautiful trail in Texas. Intrigued? So were we - read on to learn more! [...]

Big Room at Carlsbad Caverns
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park: World's Most Beautiful Cave?

Wednesday 28th November, 2018

Nestled in the southeastern corner of New Mexico, hidden inside the Guadalupe Mountains, is Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Although not the largest or deepest cave in the world, it's a strong contender for the most beautiful! We spent a week exploring everything that Carlsbad has to offer - and there's a lot to see and do! [...]

Saguaro National Park
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Saguaro National Park

Monday 12th February, 2018

Saguaro National Park in Arizona near Tuscon consists of two separate districts on separate sides of Tuscon. We had an afternoon to visit the west side, and a morning to visit the east side in February 2017. We started with Sonora Arizona Desert Museum, which is located right outside the west side of the Saguaro National Park. The museum is not part of the national park, but I highly recommend to stop by the there. [...]

Organ Pipe Cactus at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Sunday 11th February, 2018

This is the first post in series of blog posts about a road trip we took around Arizona and New Mexico in February of 2017. After driving from Phoenix and setting up our rented RV for the first time we had an afternoon to explore the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. [...]

Joshua Tree along a road
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Driving through Joshua Tree National Park

Sunday 11th February, 2018

By now we have visited the Joshua Tree National Park twice. The first time was in November 2015 on our way back a Grand Canyon tour and the second time was February 2017 on our way to Phoenix for an RV road trip through Arizona and New Mexico. Joshua Tree National Park is big and it takes time to drive through it, but even if you only have a half day to spare, it is totally worth it to drive through and stop by to experience the surreal desert landscape of rocks, cacti, and Joshua Trees (which are actually plants, not trees). [...]

mount-rainier-from-skyline-trail
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Skyline Trail, Mount Rainier National Park

Friday 9th February, 2018

I've been to Bellevue, WA many times - almost always on business trips. From our office we have beautiful views across to Mount Rainier, but I have never been there before. This time, at the suggestion of a colleague, I had flown up on Saturday (rather than Sunday evening or early Monday morning as I would otherwise have done) so that we could go for a hike around Mount Rainier on Sunday. We would drive up to Paradise and hike the Skyline Trail from there. [...]