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National parks update

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  • December 17, 2015
  • Planning to visit a national park in late December?  Here’s an update on selected parks in the United States.  Be sure to get the latest conditions from your chosen park’s web site before leaving home. Western U.S. Death Valley Scotty’s Castle remains closed indefinitely following a flash flood that occurred in October. Yosemite Mariposa Grove […]

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    Florida road trip report

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  • December 13, 2015
  • Rain and mosquitoes were the themes I took a weeklong road trip to Florida December 2-9, using American Airlines frequent flier miles to pay for the airfare.  This is a brief report of that trip. What’s in your wallet? The airlines promote their frequent flier programs with visions of exciting and romantic free travel.  And […]

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    Great scenery at I-70 Exit 19

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  • December 6, 2015
  • One of the things that makes Colorado National Monument special is how easy it is to visit. The monument entrance is a five-minute drive off busy Interstate 70, and the most spectacular scenery is only another 15-20 minutes farther. Yet only 416,000 people visited this awesome park in 2014. Clearly, most of those hurtling down the […]

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    Arizona road trip vacation

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  • November 29, 2015
  • Welcome to Road Trips with Tom’s first vacation guide.  This post offers you an itinerary for a complete road trip vacation. It’s a four- or five-day trip around southern Arizona, beginning and ending in Tucson.  This is a winter or spring trip you can take any time from December through April.  Here’s more: This trip is […]

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    Death Valley’s Artist Drive reopens

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  • November 22, 2015
  • As reported in today’s Los Angeles Times travel section, Artist Drive in Death Valley National Park has reopened after having been closed due to flood damage.  The road had been blocked by eight tons of debris.  Artist Drive is a must-see nine-mile loop off the Badwater Road south of Furnace Creek. However, the floods that occurred […]

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    Jurassic National Park

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  • Want to travel back in time?  You can go to the ghost town of Bodie (see previous post) and travel back 150 years.  Or, you can visit Dinosaur National Monument and travel back 150 million years! Dinosaur National Monument has a split personality.  It has two distinct sections – one in Utah and another in […]

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