I haven't traveled a whole lot in my life.....but I have had the chance to visit some of our National Parks, National Monuments, etc. Locations and
fun" anecdotes follow:
OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK
It was July of 1976 and it was very hot along the coast....and just a few miles inland, in the park, it was a misting 55-degrees. During a long hike we found ourselves on a wooded bluff looking down at a waterfall. A young couple was in the water, having sex. We yelled and waved. They waved back and continued their watery adventure.
GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
On my honeymoon (with Donna) we were camped at the Apgar Campground. We went into town to grab a burger and buy a book or two (2). One (1) of the books had a front cover that pictured the map of Apgar Campground. The book was titled "Night Of The Grizzlies". It was all about some women who were killed by a grizzly bear....at the campground we were staying at. (Later in my life I would actually be involved in some business dealings with the father of one of the victims, who was from Bowling Green, OH.) Going-To-The-Sun Road cuts through the park and is the most beautiful road I have ever been on.
PICTURED ROCKS NATIONAL LAKESHORE
This park.....the country's first National Lakeshore.....has been visited by this Bear on numerous occasions. (Upper Peninsula, dudes!)
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS
Been to this park twice. You could say that I "beat the rush", because it was not crowded....and my last visit was in the mid-1970's. Hiked to Clingman's Dome. Beautiful scenery.
SLEEPING BEAR NATIONAL LAKESHORE
Actually was at this place BEFORE it was aquired by the government. There was a private road that you paid for to see the huge sand dunes on Lake Michigan.
PERRY'S VICTORY MONUMENT
This tall 300-foot column (Doric, I think) is on South Bass Island, in the western basin of Lake Erie. Great views of the islands and the Put-In-Bay harbor, with hundreds of boats all "rafting off" each other on any given summer day.
MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK
Been to this park twice. Took what was called the "Three Hour Trip" on one (1) occasion. This included crawling on our hands and knees through a long tunnel that was shaped like a snake, with all of the curves. Not sure of this is still included on the current tours list. Have to get back.....it was kool.
BLACK HILLS NATIONAL AREA
(Bad Lands, Black Hills, Mount Rushmore)
Been here a few times. Awe-inspiring monument. (Where's Ronnie?...heh heh.)
Lots of touristy towns in and around area.
Interesting to see the place where General George Armstrong Custar met his maker (and more than a few Indians). BTW.....Custar was from Monroe, MI....just north of Toledo. And he also lived in Tontogany, OH.....very close to my old homestead, near Henry County, OH.
VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK
Located east of International Falls, MN ("The Icebox Of the Nation") I visited this park in early April of about 1988. Actually was there when the weather was quire warm, but as we left the area a severe blizzard followed us and finally caught us when we were in Ontanogan, MI, in the Upper Peninsula.)
ALGONQUIN PROVINCIAL PARK
Did a canoe trip here back in the late 1970's. Portaged between about a dozen lakes, working our way to an island camp site. Great early August weather with no rain, warm enough for swimming, no bugs. Actually saved the life of my friend, Phil. He was swimming back from the mainland and started having trouble. I swam out and helped him. Not sure if he would have made it or not.
Bear Scraping The Sticker Off His Windshield