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Camping at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado – Feeling Bigger and Stronger

Mushroom Rocks, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA

Rocky Mountain High!

“…Now he walks in quiet solitude
The forests and the streams
Seeking grace in every step he takes
His sight has turned inside
Himself to try and understand
The serenity of a clear blue mountain lake…”

–by John Denver and Mike Taylor

(June 24 to July 1,

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Camping at Two National Parks in South Dakota – Badlands National Park and Wind Cave National Park

My Campsite (#1) at Cedar Pass Campground, Badlands National Park, South Dakota, USA

(June 20 – 24, 2019) Why is it called “Badlands”? It says “French Trappers in the mid-1700s, frustrated by the land’s sharp peaks and crumbling rock, regarded the area as ‘les mauvaises terres’ (bad lands). The Lakota (a Native American Tribe) also began calling this place ‘Mako sica’

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Visiting Theodore Roosevelt National Park – Camping at Town of Medora Campground

“I have always said I never would have been President if it had not been for my experiences in North Dakota.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Bison near a Parking Lot in Painted Canyon Overlook, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota, USA

(June 19 – 20, 2019) It was stress-free driving from the
state of Montana to North Dakota.

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Camping at Glacier National Park in Montana – “Crown of the Continent”

At Logan Pass, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

(June 11 – 16, 2019) After leaving the Yellowstone North Entrance, I immediately arrived in the State of Montana. No sales taxes, wide straight roads, and flat agricultural prairies! There are about 1 million people living in Montana. Summer is beautiful.

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Camping at Yellowstone National Park – Becoming a Hard-Core Camper

Early Morning after Getting Snow at Night, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming/Idado/Montana, USA

(June 4 –
10, 2019) Humans and animals share equal status in Yellowstone National Park.
Bisons (Buffaloes) don’t mind walking in the campgrounds. Elks often walk by
the road. Some people say they have seen bears on the roads and wolves in the
valleys.  

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Camping at Grand Teton National Park – Be Bear Aware!

Cascade Canyon, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA

(May 29 – June 4, 2019) Just a decade ago, I visited Grand Teton National Park for a day of driving from one viewpoint to another to see as many places as humanly possible. The views of the Grand Teton Mountains and lakes have stayed vividly in my memory.

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Visiting Salt Lake City, Utah – Made a Decision to Continue Camping and Repaired Car

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Performance, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

(May 19 –
29, 2019) When I left home back in March, I had one main goal for this trip.
That was visiting Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley, and all of the
National Parks in Utah. I am grateful for mission accomplished.

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Camping at Canyonlands National Park – Arrived at 7 am to Get a First-Come First-Served

White Rim Trail, Canyonlands, Utah, USA

(May 14 – 19, 2019) After leaving
Moab at 6 am, I arrived at the “Island in the Sky Campground” in Canyonlands
National Park, Utah. This campground has 12 sites including one for the
disabled. They say that the early bird gets the worm,

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Sightseeing in Arches National Park – Busy Season in Moab

North Window, Arches National Park, Utah, USA

(May 13 – 14, 2019) People often call Arches National Park “Moab”. After visiting Arches National Park, I learned that Moab is a small town close by Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Moab is known as “Utah’s Adventure Capital” to explore by OHV (Off-Highway Vehicle) such as ATV (All-Terrain Vehicles),

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Camping at Capitol Reef National Park – Less Crowded National Park in Utah

A View from a Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA

(May 5 – 13, 2019) I believe when more people walk in nature, our world becomes more peaceful. Visiting the parks and hiking alone, I often think about family and friends. I wish I could share my experiences with them.

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Camping at Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah – Two freezing nights in my tent

Hiking at Peekaboo Loop Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

(May 3 – 5, 2019) In Bryce Canyon National Park, I stayed at Ruby’s Inn Campground, only for two nights. The campground in Bryce Canyon National Park was already fully booked before my plan. National park campgrounds cost an average $20(+/-) for night.

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Camping at Grand Canyon National Park – Buffet Style Park

My Tent Office in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA

(April 27 – May 3, 2019) When sun heats the trees and soil in the campground in the Grand Canyon, I feel as if I am in a spa scenting Juniper and pine trees. Getting up in the morning is tough;

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Camping at Zion National Park, Utah, USA

Turkey Burger Happy Hour with Nathalie (from Montreal, Canada), KOA Hurricane Campground, Utah (Prior to arriving at Zion National Park, I stayed at a KOA campground for three nights waiting for my reservation at Zion.)

(April 18 – 27, 2019) Arriving at the South Campground in Zion National park,

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Pictures from Death Valley National Park, California (April 14 to 18, 2019)

“Existence is beyond the power of words to define.” — Lao Tzu

Death Valley! THE place to enjoy Solitude and Silence! I was alone and loved being alone!

Loving My Life, Death Valley National Park, California, USA

Kudos! My 15 year old car making all the way from Florida to Death Valley National Park,

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Pictures from Joshua Tree National Park, California (April 7 to 12, 2019)

Modeling Work Scene, Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA

My Tent at Cottonwood Campground, Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA

One Joshua Tree, Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA

Joshua Trees, Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA

Joshua Tree Flower Blooming, Joshua Tree National Park, California,

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A Week Stay in Las Cruces, New Mexico State

Las Cruces (about 45 miles from El Paso, Texas), New Mexico, USA

(March 30 to April 6, 2019) A week stay in Las Cruces, New Mexico for me was more than enough. I had to wait until April 7th to check into the campground in Joshua Tree National Park.

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Camping in Guadalupe Mountain National Park, Texas

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas, USA

“Going to the woods and wild places has little to do with recreation and much to do with creation.” – Wendell Berry, Words From the Land

“Conocer las areas naturales tiene poco que ver con el recreo y mucho que ver con la creacion.” – Wendell Berry,

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Pictures from El Paso, Texas

At Hueco Tanks State Park, Texas, US

After driving from Florida to El Paso in Texas, I gained some confidence in myself, my car and my plan. Prior to this I wasn’t sure so I didn’t book any campgrounds in the national parks. While staying for a week in an extended stay hotel in El Paso I spent lots of time online booking as well as hiking and sightseeing in the El Paso area.

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Traveling as a free spirit, wherever and whenever with many destinations in mind!

At Darryl’s Cattle Ranch, Oxford, Florida, USA

I am sure someday I will lose my interest in traveling. For now, I want to travel as much as I can. I have a lot of time, a little savings, no obligations, and a physical and mental capable body. My goal is to do road/car camping trip for the next six months.

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Trial Camping – Sleeping with Animals in Nature

New Purchases for My Car-Camping Trip: 2003 Grand Marquis and Marmot Limelight 2P Tent

(January 15 – 17, 2019) For the first time I am car-camping alone. I picked Dupuis Campground in Florida, two hours’ drive from my home. This was to see (1) if I am capable of camping alone,

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