Grand getting there – to the Grand Canyon

Posted by on May 27, 2012 in Hiking Adventures, National Parks | One Comment

If seeing the Grand Canyon is on your bucket list, a great way to get there is by hopping the Grand Canyon Railway, which leaves from Williams, Arizona. Taking the train for the two-and-a-half hour ride to the Grand Canyon gets you there relaxed and in style. As in bygone days, the Grand Canyon Railway Read More …

An unexpected gem: Hiking Joshua Tree National Park

After living in the desert for eight years, I was not in a hurry to visit Joshua Tree National Park, in eastern California.  More of the same?  No, hiking Joshua Tree National Park definitely offered some new Couch Potato hiking opportunities with dazzling scenery. An Oasis in the Desert Entering from the Oasis Visitor Center, Read More …

Free – yes FREE – National Parks Days in 2012

Posted by on Dec 8, 2011 in National Parks | No Comments

They say that nothing is free in life, but there are days when there is something free! The fabulous National Parks Service has published the days in 2012 when people can get into the many National Parks for free.   The dates are: January 14 to 16 (Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend) April 21 to Read More …

Visiting Yosemite

Posted by on Jun 18, 2011 in Hiking Adventures, National Parks | No Comments

Yosemite National Park is a great place for a Couch Potato hike, but beware of some hiking books that rate these hikes. On a recent trip, a Park Ranger called the Vernal Trail “strenuous” (just the hike to the footbridge – not even the more difficult hike to the falls itself), while a hiking book Read More …