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Blog Entry #36 – Epilog with Acknowledgements and Statistics 11/27/13

Jean and Dan return home to Cary, North Carolina after traveling 10,300 miles through 15 states to visit 12 western National Parks over 63 days in Jenny, 1950 Willys Overland Jeep Station Wagon OK, so here we are back in Cary, North Carolina snug and warm in our modest abode the evening before Thanksgiving.  Five […]

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Blog Entry #35 October 10 to 16, 2013 – Denver, Colorado to Cary, North Carolina

It is Sunday morning, October 20, 2013 and Jean and I have just had the opportunity to reunite with our fond friends at Church.  I mention this so as not to keep anyone hanging – yes, we did make it home to Cary, NC from Denver, CO in six and one half relatively smooth sailing […]

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Blog Entry #34 October 7 to 9, 2013 – Bad day at Black Rock; Denver, Colorado

Let me start out by saying that this entry does have a happy ending. Let me start out by saying that this entry does have a happy ending. If you read the blog entry for 10-6-13, you may recall that in Denver, just two miles short of the official finish of our Park-to-Park Tour loop […]

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Blog Entry #33 October 6, 2013 – Finale of the Park-to-Park Tour loop in Denver

Sunday, October 6, 2013 was a big day.  We were back in Denver, the city where we, as well as the 1920 Park-to-Park Tour group, had begun and completed our respective National Park tours.  We felt that it would be appropriate for us to finalize the tour by traveling to the very spot where the […]

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Blog Entry #32 October 5, 2013 – To Lube or Not to Lube – Salida and Canon City, Colorado

OK, so I woke up early the morning of Saturday, October 5th in Salida, Colorado thinking “wouldn’t it be great if I could get the Jeep’s oil changed and chassis greased before we left for Denver this morning?”  I’m sure that others wake up Saturday mornings with the same thoughts – doesn’t everyone?  Seriously (and […]

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Blog Entry #31 October 4, 2013 – Mesa Verde and Wolf Creek Pass

We left our lodging in Cortez, Colorado the morning of October 4th for the short trip to Mesa Verde National Park and then on to Salida, Colorado by way of Wolf Creek Pass.  As anticipated, we only got a few hundred yards into Mesa Verde National Park before we were met with road closure signage […]

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Blog Entry #30 October 3, 2013 – Monument Valley and Four Corners (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah)

Left Page, Arizona the morning of October 3rd and headed toward Cortez, Colorado – at the foot of Mesa Verde National Park.  We were well aware that Mesa Verde would most likely also be closed due to the Government shutdown, so we decided to make the best of travels by driving through Monument Valley and […]

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Blog Entry #29 October 2, 2013 – Grand Canyon National Park, Glen Canyon Dam & Horseshoe Bend

Since the Grand Canyon National Park was closed, the folks at the Jacob Lake Inn provided us with a hand-sketched, not-to-scale map of a 30+ mile un-paved and mostly un-marked single lane route to a location outside the National Park boundaries where one could view the Grand Canyon from its north rim.  Due to road […]

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Blog Entry #28 October 1, 2013 – Overheating Challenge & Jacob Lake

Woke up at dawn Tuesday, October 1st at our cabin in Springdale, Utah on the southern edge of Zion National Park.  Our plan was to head out toward Grand Canyon National Park, the 11th National Park on our Trek.  We had stayed up until midnight the previous evening to hear if they would be closing […]

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Blog Entry #27 September 30, 2013 – Zion National Park

We arrived at out cabin in Springdale, Utah Tuesday evening, September 29th; settled in and walked down Springdale’s main street to have some dinner at one of the many interesting cafés and restaurants.  Springdale is nestled in and directly adjacent to the south entrance of Zion National Park.  The town has managed to maintain a […]

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Blog Entry #26 September 29, 2013 – Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

On Sunday morning September 29th we left Las Vegas on our Trek to Zion National Park.  As far as we could determine, much of the 125 mile stretch from Las Vegas, Nevada to Littlefield, Arizona used by the original 1920 Park-to-Park Tour group has been covered over by I-15.  We usually avoid Interstates; however, since […]

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Blog Entry #25 September 27, 28, 2013 – Hoover Dam, Nevada

Most of Friday, September 27th was spent driving from Bakersfield, California to Las Vegas, Nevada.  Las Vegas was selected as a convenient launching off point for Zion National Park in Utah; the 10th scheduled National Park stop on our Trek. Las Vegas also provided decent internet connectivity and a selection of church service options. Welcome […]

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Blog Entry #24 September 26, 2013 – Kings Canyon National Forest and Sequoia National Park

We left Fresno, California mid-morning of September 26th and headed toward Kings Canyon National Forest. A note of explanation here:  As one of the 12 National Park stops on the original 1920 Park-to-Park Tour the participants visited what was then called “General Grant National Park”.  Today, as best as I can determine comparing the 1920 […]

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Blog Entry #23 September 24 to 25, 2013 – Yosemite National Park

On September 24th, after catching our breath from the traverse of 9,900 foot elevation Tioga Pass (see previous blog entry “Conquering Tioga Pass”) we we entered Yosemite National Park’s east entrance.  We then proceeded on to our first stop; Olmsted Point overlook – named after the famous landscape architect, who laid out plans for Yosemite […]

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Blog Entry #22 September 24, 2013 – Conquering Tioga Pass on the way to Yosemite National Park

The morning of Tuesday, September 24th was filled with a combination of excitement and apprehension; for me anyway.  Jean continued with her undaunted faith and trust in our ability to meet any challenge.  My concern was based on our pervious evening’s “sampling” of the Tioga Road leading to the east entrance to Yosemite National Park.  […]

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Blog Entry #21 September 21 to 23, 2013 – Mono Lake & June Lake Loop

Jean and I spent Saturday and Sunday September 21st and 22nd in Reno, Nevada where good internet connection and comfortable accommodations permitted us to get caught up on company and personal business. Monday morning, September 23rd, after a good breakfast at a locally owned restaurant, Jean and I headed south toward our lodgings on the […]

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Blog Entry #20 September 20, 2013 – Lassen Volcanic National Park

Honestly, we had not heard of Lassen Volcanic National Park before it was brought to our attention as one of the stops on the 1920 Part-to-Park Tour; and we are pleased that it was.  Ironically, although Lassen Volcanic National Park was one of the scheduled stops on the 1920 tour, due to lack of roads […]

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Blog Entry #19 September 19, 2013 – Lava Beds National Monument, Glass Mountain

We left Prospect, Oregon mid-morning on September 19th on our trek toward our next stop big stop, Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California.  A couple that met on a few occasions in the Crater Lake area suggested that we swing through Lava Beds National Monument on our way south.  It was well worth the […]

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Blog Entry #18 September 17, 18, 2013 – Crater Lake National Park

Jean and I spent the night of September 17th in lodgings affiliated with the historic Prospect Hotel in Prospect, Oregon about 50 miles from the southeast entrance to Crater Lake National Park. Constructed in the 1880’s, the hotel was in existence prior to the 1920 Park-to-Park tour. We drove through Crater Lake National Park using the […]

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Blog Entry #17 September 13 to 16, 2013 -Lacey, WA & Corvallis, Oregon

We arrived at the Lacey, Washington home of Herb & Barbara (former neighbors in Cary, NC) the afternoon of September 12, 2013 and had a nice meal with them after relaxing around the fire pit in their back yard overlooking the golf course.  Barbara is very active in this “55+” community promoting wellness programs and […]

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