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Congaree National Park, SC

September 2016 – We were on our way from Savannah to Charleston, but we had to make a stop (granted, over two hours out of the way) at the only national park in South Carolina.  We were just a day… Continue Reading →

Shenandoah National Park

August 2016 – We spent one night at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia after leaving DC (about an hour’s drive to the north entrance).  The lodge rooms were very nice, with a roomy bathroom, thick blankets on the bed, and an ice machine… Continue Reading →

Estes Park and Gem Lake

July 2016 – We spent three nights in Denver and used our rental car to explore cities and trails nearby.  Estes Park is about an hour and twenty minutes northeast of Denver and was a great introduction to the state a… Continue Reading →

St. Kitts

December 2016 – We visited St. Kitts on a sleepy Christmas Day.  Most of the town was closed and quiet, but we were told the next day would be crowded for Carnival.  I had prebooked us a tour of the island… Continue Reading →

St. Lucia

December 2016 – I don’t think there are powerful enough words to describe how gorgeous this island is.  We spent a day here on a cruise stop, and we would return in a heartbeat if given the chance. The island… Continue Reading →

Cumberland Island

May 2016 – Cumberland Island is a national park accessible to day-use visitors only by boat.  The ferry costs $28 per person and leaves at 9 AM or 11:30 AM.  The ferry cost does not include the admission fee of… Continue Reading →

Dry Tortugas

May 2016 – Dry Tortugas is a national park located about 70 miles west of Key West.  There are currently only two options to get to Dry Tortugas – boat or seaplane.  Both options are pretty costly, with the Yankee Freedom… Continue Reading →

Everglades National Park

May 2016 – On our way to the Keys, we took a few hours to visit the Everglades National Park.  We entered the park at Shark Valley, about 45 minutes west of Miami.  It had a parking area, bathrooms, and a… Continue Reading →

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