Ten National Parks and Other Wonders Oct - Nov 2022
In October and November my Brazilian friend and I took a six-week trip touring national parks and other beautiful natural areas, from the Great Smokies in Tennessee to as far west as Antelope Canyon near Page, Arizona. We drove over six thousand miles in my Toyota Tacoma, often sleeping in the back that had a camper shell. We visited ten national parks, three national monuments, and some state parks. Utah and Colorado were seen most extensively.
Great Smokies National Park in Tennesse
Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas
White Sands National Park in New Mexico
Taos Pueblo in New Mexico
Cemetery at Taos Pueblo
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado
Rocky Moutain National Park in Colorado
Bowtie Arch near the Colorado River in Utah
Corona Arch, near Moab, Utah and the Colorado River
The Colorado River, near Canyonlands National Park.
Fisher Tower, near Moab, Utah and the Colorado River
Delicate Arch in Arches National Park in Utah
Landscape Arch at sunrise , 306-feet wide, in Arches National Park in Utah
Double Arch in Arches National Park in Utah
Dinosaur tracks near Moab, Utah
Dead Horse State Park, overlooking the Colorado River in Utah
Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park in Utah
Newspaper Rock, indigenous petroglyphs near Canyonlands National Park in Utah
West Mitten and East Mitten in Monument Valley in Utah
Lower Antelope Canyon near Page, Arizona
Upper Antelope Canyon near Page, Arizona
The Toadstools in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Grosvenor Arch in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah
Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado
This was a long, long trip, and most of these scenes I had seen before--but I never tire of them, especially those in my favorite state, Utah. I sort of wish my great grandparents had continued moving west after emigrating from Poland to Newton in the 1860s, and instead, settled in Utah. But I suspect that the Mormons would not have been too receptive to Catholics. Speaking of Poland, I'll be visiting my ancestral family farm there in April, where my third cousin operates the farm.
The next Gulliver's Travels will be from our trip to Guatemala last December. Stay tuned.