The Best Time to Visit Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park Visit in Spring - Best Time

Seasons Make a Big Difference Here Choosing which season to visit Death Valley National Park is important. While the best weather is during the winter and spring months, there are visitors who come to the park even during the most intense heat – the summer. We took our trip during April (late-spring) and temperatures were already …

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Best Headlamps For Caving

A caving headlamp is an essential item while venturing into a dark and often damp environment. Caverns are known to be somewhat tricky to navigate and having your hands free especially if there is a slip or fall could mean the difference between a light injury vs something more serious.  I also like the idea …

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What is the Junior Park Ranger Program?

Death Valley Junior Park Ranger Badge

Now that I have kids school age, I’ve been looking for new ways to get them involved with the National Parks. A great way to do that is to have them join the Junior Park Ranger (JPR) program. There is a method to getting this badge and in this post I’ll describe some of the tips …

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The Narrow Path of Angels Landing in Zion NP

Top View of Angels Landing Trail

If you’ve ever considered climbing Angels Landing in Zion National Park, you’ll want to see this. Not only is it around 6,000 feet in elevation, but the panorama views from the trail are spectacular.  This trail is not for the faint of heart. The sheer vertical drop on both sides makes it a strenuous hike that …

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Setting the Goal to See All U.S. National Parks

Lassen Visit

The Importance of Goal Setting I have set an ambitious goal to see all the National Parks during my lifetime. Sometimes, life gets in the way and that goal seems just a little bit further than possible. This post is about finding the strength and hope to reach your goals whatever they may be. We …

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GPS Showdown – Garmin vs TomTom vs Magellan

Garmin vs tomtom vs magellan - GPS Comparison Photo

Going on a road trip to visit the National Parks? You could use the GPS in your cell phone to find your way around, but my experience has been that they are often unreliable.

On a recent trip to Yellowstone NP, I brought along my Moto G and used the GPS until my phone got out of range from the cell towers. It simply stopped working all together, but fortunately I had my Garmin to help me navigate (otherwise I would have been lost on several occasions).

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The Best Nikon Cameras for Beginners

Nikon Cameras - Great for Beginners

Are you learning how to take great photos and want an awesome beginner camera from Nikon? Technology advances have made it possible for us to take photographs and store them instantaneously (no more film needed, a cost saver in itself). When photography was first invented, having your picture taken was very expensive and most people …

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SLR vs DSLR – How to Choose a Camera

When determining which camera to buy, it is important to know which one is better for the type of photographs you plan to take. This article will highlight whether the DSLR or SLR camera is best. Of course, this will depend on a few criteria, which I’ll cover shortly. This article will also show you …

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