I thoroughly enjoy the outdoors, especially our fabulous National Park system of 400+ areas.
As a senior citizen, I’m entitled to a “special deal” for the Lifetime Senior Pass to visit these great places. I purchased my pass several years ago for an amazingly low price of $10. I’ve used my pass many, many times. In fact, these past three weeks we visited five national parks. So you can imagine how much we’ve enjoyed ourselves over the years.
On August 28, the price of the lifetime pass increases to $80 (which is still a bargain). However, if you hurry you can still take advantage of the low $10 price.
Visit our government’s site at USGS. Don’t delay.
Death Valley Shows Its Colors
Yesterday I returned from a trade show in Las Vegas. While there, I heard about one of nature’s spectacles. In nearby Death Valley a rare happening was taking place. Armed with my camera, I made the 2-1/2 hour drive to experience the so called SuperBloom.
Death Valley is the driest, hottest place in North America. Although the climate isn’t very hospitable, wildflowers do appear each Spring. But I learned that this past October rainstorms set in motion a series of conditions that led to a literal explosion of colorful wildflowers that blanketed the normally harsh landscape of the park.
Here are a few recordings of my visit to the 2016 SuperBloom:
I’ve been fortunate to have visited Death Valley at least a dozen times previously but I’ve never seen as many visitors taking in the colorful wildflower as I saw two days ago.
Click here to see a Park Ranger describe a “once-in-a-lifetime” visit to Death Valley.
How lucky I was to be able to see this unexpected event.
I just returned from another cross-country trip. This journey started from home in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Phoenix. However, I took a roundabout way: directly to Reno, through Yosemite NP, a quick stopover in Long Beach, down to San Diego, detour to Joshua Tree NP and finally to Phoenix.
In all I drove 3600 miles and most of these were on our amazing interstate highways. Although I drove solo, I was not alone on the highway.
As you can see below, here are some of the companions that I met along the way.
That wraps up another enjoyable 3600 mile drive.