Kenai FJords National Park (Exit Glacier)

Exit Glacier is around 12 miles from Seward. This is the only portion of the Kenai Fjords National Park accessible via road. We went to see Exit Glacier while returning back from Seward. This glacier is quick and easily accessible. we did a quick walk on trail took some photos of the glacier. Here are some photos to share with you…

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A Trip to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

 

We are just back from our Memorial Day Road Trip to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. It was a quick two day road trip. We started Saturday morning from Minneapolis, driving on Interstate Highway 35W/35. On the way we took a break at Banning State Park. There we had quick picnic. After spending around an hour there we headed further to Bayfield, WI(Gateway to Apostle Islands). We took another stop at Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center,but  the Visitor Center was just closed so we were not able to go inside. There was an observation tower, we missed going there but we took information catalogs and headed further. We reached Bayfield around 6:00 O’clock in evening. We just walked along the shores for awhile, then had dinner and went back to the Hotel.

Next morning we took the Apostle Island Cruise Tour. This was around 3 and half hour boat tour which circles almost all 21 islands in the area. We enjoyed the scenic beauty of lake Superior. Many of these islands have Light Houses and we got a chance to see a few of them. The most beautiful part of tour was the sea caves on Devils Island. There are many beautiful rock formations. These caves were sculpted from the billion year old sandstone bedrock exposed through the island’s surface. Another attractions of the tour was the Raspberry Island Light House. After the boat tour we took a scenic tour of Highway 13. It was almost 4:30 and we headed back to Minneapolis. On the way we took a stop at a gas station, took some scenic photos. This was a quick and beautiful trip. Here are some photos to share with you.

Everglades National Park, Florida

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Last week I added another National Park in my list,Everglades National Park. It has a unique kind of wildlife, alligators, crocodiles, panthers, snakes and variety of birds. If you are a wildlife lover you will enjoy this park. In the Park, there’s a two hours tram ride or you can take the Air Boat to get to the interiors of the park. Here are few photos I clicked.

Driving to Mount Evans (A road into the sky)

Here is my first post on Colorado trip. We drove to Mount Evans Peak. Mount Evans is one of 54 fourteeners and the road is the highest paved road in North America. The whole scenic byway is so beautiful. On the way to Mount Evans there are two beautiful lakes Echo Lake and Summit Lake.

Here are a few pics taken by me. Please comment.

Echo Lake, Mount Evans

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Echo Lake

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Summit Lake, Mount Evans

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Road to Mount Evans

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Mount Evans

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Top of Mount Evans

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Wild life on Mount Evans

My Love for National Parks

In the last 2-3 years I have traveled to most of the popular National Parks in the US. I just love National Parks and in every park I found something more beautiful than the other. Each National Park has its own uniqueness. After visiting every National Park I feel as if  there is much more to see but time is limited and I think it will take years to cover every part of each national park.

Here is a list of national parks I have visited till now. I have also posted some photos clicked by me. Sorry for making this post too lengthy.
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  1. Arches National Park
  2. Badlands National Park
  3. Bryce Canyon National Park
  4. Canyonlands National Park
  5. Grand Canyon National Park
  6. Grand Teton National Park
  7. Great Sand Dunes National Park
  8. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  9. Mammoth Cave National Park
  10. Mesa Verde National Park
  11. Rocky Mountain National Park
  12. Yellowstone National Park
  13. Zion National Park
  14. Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
  15. Antelope Canyon Navajo Tribal Park
  16. Pictured Rock National Lake shore
  17. Everglades National Park

Arches National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

Badlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Teton National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park

Mesa Verde National Park

Rocky Mountains National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Zion National Park

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Antelope Canyon Navajo Tribal Park

Pictured Rock National Lake shore

Everglades National Park

My Travel Stories – Lost the way while returning back from Badlands

My last post was about list of national parks I have visited in the United States. We make a trip plan in advance but nothing goes perfect. In every trip, we encountered some kind of adventure. These adventures made few stories in our trips which make us laugh or something to talk about or teach us to be more careful in the future. In my next few posts I will be writing about these little stories or events.
Let me start with my trip to the Badlands National Park. In this trip we camped in Custer State Park, South Dakota for two days. It was in Center Lake campground in Custer State Park.
It was almost sunset when we were starting for our campsite. I put the address in google map on my Blackberry (as I never use GPS and still rely on google map GPS feature) and we headed to our campground from Badlands National Park. It was a 2 hours’ drive to reach the campground. I took I-94 and there was traffic. It was almost 11:00 PM by the time we reached highway 16A.The campground was hardly 20 minutes away from there. But the drive was through the forest and it was completely dark. As we were about to reach our exit google GPS lost the connection and there was no exit number and we missed the exit. I asked my wife to reroute the directions in google map but I took next exit. After the exit google GPS suddenly started showing more than 45 minutes to reach the campground. We thought as we missed the exit now it might be taking the longer route. There was hardly any car on our way. My wife was telling me the directions, after 45 minutes’ drive we reached the destination as per google map and my wife told me we have reached the campground. But I realized that it was a different campground. It was already 12:30 AM and we were completely exhausted and hungry. I was not sure which campground it was and how far we were from Custer State Park campground. I told my wife, I think we are lost and probably it’s now too late and we need to find some hotel nearby. Then I checked google map for our present location and found that we were in some campground near Keystone area. Then I put the address of my campground to see how far we were from the campground. Google showed that it was around 25 minutes away. Finally we thought of trying to get to our campsite as its just 25 minutes away. Finally we reached our campsite around 1:15 AM. We were very hungry but had no energy to cook. Somehow we reheated some ready to eat food we had brought with us on our gas stove. The end was happy but this was a bit scary driving through the forest at midnight. After that I decided we will reach our campsite always before dark.

Our Campsite

sunset at badlands national park

 

wildlife and wilderness

 

A Road to Campgorund

Unpaved Road Custer State park