I just returned from my first visit to Yellowstone National Park, and what an amazing place! It was our nation’s very first National Park and it’s easy to see why. There are photographic opportunities everywhere, from the spectacular scenery to the wildlife. Yellowstone contains approximately one-half of the world’s hydrothermal features. There are over 10,000, including over 300 geysers, in the park. That’s more geysers than in all the rest of the world. And if you like to hike, there are trails to suit everyone.
Had enough of winter and snow? Me too–and even though it may be a bit early to head for wide-open spaces north of the border, have you considered a visit to some of the lesser-known national parks? Maybe I can whet your appetite.
Bryce Canyon and Zion, in southern Utah, are in easy reach of Las Vegas or Salt Lake City. If flying is not for you, I-70 through Kansas and Colorado provides a direct route from Kansas City. Just inside the Utah border, you’ll find Arches National Park, well worth a visit as well. Edward Abbey’s Desert Solitaire provides a nice introduction.
Ah, Spring! As we bid adieu to the gnarled appendage of winter's icy grip and welcome the renewal and rejuvenation of a greening world, our attention turns naturally to thoughts of vacation and travel. The weather warms, our wanderlust builds, and dreams of hitting the open road permeate our days. Recreation, leisure, sight-seeing, or just getting away from it all - that's the impulse, but where to go? Many of you have already spent the winter crafting vacation plans and securing reservations.