After breaking camp, we were faced with the decision to head home or swing by Carlsbad, NM aka C-Bad to see the caverns. I thought it would be nice to get home early and prepare for the week, but when would we be in this area again? A few months? Years? Never? So after some deliberation we decided to hit up C-Bad! It was a 3 hour drive from our campsite - but to us, that’s nothing. Growing up in rural Arizona (wife) and rural Alberta Canada (me) you don’t measure destinations in distance, you measure them in hours. Our kids are stellar travelers - traveling is skill they have mastered. Numerous cross country moves and visiting out-of-state/country family will make anyone an expert traveler. We arrived at #carlsbadcaverns and flashed our “All Parks Annual Pass” and got in for free. We have visited 10 monuments and state parks this year and our pass got us in for free at all of them. [side note - if you have a tribal enrollment card aka CIB you’ll get in for free to all national monuments, just ask, “How much for Native Tribal members?” And they will say “show us your card” and you are good to go.] [Side note part 2 - I tried it with my treaty card and it still worked!, Sometimes the Rangers want to get cute and question my Canadian Tribal credentials so I go all “lawyer” on them and explain that my tribe was divided in two by the 49th parallel and that my clan happens to live north of the border. And that I shouldn’t be discriminated against just because I live further north. Never once after using this line do I get turned down]. Of course I grew tired of risking a history lesson at every National Park (Yellowstone Rangers are like Criminal Investigators!) and once I realized that the National Park Service wasn’t getting rich off my park dues I decided to just pony up the $80.00 a year and contribute to the preservation of the parks. I show them my card like a VIP member and breeze right past the lines. So worth it! Continued in the next post.
Hiking through the Tall Trees Grove in the Redwood National Forest. Best known as the location of the Libbey Tree, which at one time was the world's tallest known living thing. Although taller redwoods have since been found, the Libbey Tree is still interesting because it's the only one of the former Tallest Trees that you can actually see. The locations of all the other tallest trees have been kept secret. #nationalparkpass#redwoodforest#talltrees#nikond5500#nikontop#nikonphotography
We decided a night in a hotel with reliable WiFi sounded awesome. It was spur of the moment and luckily we got the last room. The gentleman at the front desk was lovely. He talked to me for a good 20 minutes about where we should go. What trails were the best. What the girls might like. It was a lovely experience. The room was very comfortable and the girls were happy with the WiFi.🙂
She definitely wanted to swim so she finally went in. The water was freezing!!! Everyone else that was on the beach with us were basically dipping a their toes in the water and getting out as fast as possible. I left the sound on because it’s hysterical. Also their were bystanders who were laughing and talking to her. She was definitely the only swimmer that morning. I am going to say that it took her hours to get warm afterwards. But she did it!!! I can pretty much watch this clip over and over again and not get tired of it. Makes me smile every time.😂
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These are the moments that really encourage me to finish up our bus project. I know it’s not always 🌈 and sunshine. But in these small, beautiful moments I start feeling greedy; and wondering how I can collect more of these in my lifetime.❤️❤️❤️ Happy Valentine’s Day!!! Wherever you are.🙂
Sad days... I haven't gotten to use this pass enough to make up for the cost and it expires in March. Maybe next paycheck I'll take a trip out to Yosemite before the end of the month.
So happy we tackled Angels Landing in @zionnps! It took us 2 hours and 40 mins to complete the 5.4 miles of crazy incline, numerous switchbacks, and of course the steep, narrow ridge to the summit with chain ropes to help you from falling to your doom. As the sign says - unfortunately 6 people have died on this trail since 2004, so this trail is not for young children or anyone fearful of heights. I loved the crap outta every second! Next time I'd love to tackle The Narrows and Hidden Canyon (closed until Sept 1). *scroll right to view the experience!
Happy National Park Week 🌳🌏💙Through the rest of the month, we're donating $5 to the National Park Foundation for every order placed using the promo code SIMPLYSAVETREES - Plus, you'll get $5 off of your order! Check out this sweet Glacier National Park patch we framed for @cloudydaygray in our Gallery Frame in Light Walnut. #nps100