Headed for home, NC Outer Banks
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Welcome to Travels with Nessie.
As part of our 2013 journey from Durham, NC to Jasper Alberta Canada and back to Durham, we decided to drive from Great Falls, MT to the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park via the Beartooth Parkway. The Beartooth Parkway is not the quickest way to get from Great Falls to Yellowstone, but it is the most beautiful and scenic.
Beartooth Parkway Continued.
Wind Cave National Park
Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota is one of the less visited National Parks. The park is rather isolated and overshadowed by Badland National Park and Mount Rushmore National Monument. However, it is well worth visiting for two major attractions--then Wind Cave and the largest remaining natural mixed-grass prairie in the United States.
Wind Cave Continued
Sunset over Frozen Currituck Sound
Frozen Currituck Sound January 2014
Because of much colder than normal temperatures in early January 2014 much of Currituck Sound was covered with a layer of ice. The whole sound did not freeze just the areas near the shore. Currituck Sound Continued
Sunset along the road
Driving Across the US
We've made several 6,000 plus mile driving trips exploring the US. Although these trips often involved long hours driving to where we eventually wanted to be, they also provide a unique opportunity to appreciate how big, varied, and beauty of the US. Driving across the country also allowed us to visit a few places that we would miss otherwise. We didn't stop and smell the roses as often as we would have liked, but we did stop occasionally.
driving across US Continued.
Mammoth Cave National Park contains the Mammoth Cave which is said to be the largest cave system in the world. The beauty of this national park is the shear size of the cave.Mammoth Cave Continued
When I first visited the Blue Ridge Parkway in 1972, I figured that my wife and I could drive the entire 469 miles from Cherokee, NC to the Skyline Drive in Virginia in two days (45 MPH speed limit means roughly 10 hours total drive leaving plenty of time for sightseeing). Well I was mistaken. It took us several years of trips to the Parkway before we had driven all of it.
Blue Ridge Parkway.Continued.
Our paddling interest is limited to quiet water--lakes, ponds, slow moving rivers, and coastal water. We seek out pretty and interesting quiet water and provide photos and descriptions of these paddles. We don't do whitewater. Lakes on windy days are rough enough for So if you're interested in quiet water paddling, check the Quiet Water section.us.
Canyonlands National Park
If you're interested in the wonderful National Parks in the US, check out the National Parks Pages. Or just pick a page at random from the menus. The most recent additions to the National Parks pages are Mammoth Cave National Park, Cumberland National Seashore and Theodore Roosevelt National Park
We've been on many trips where we've had to leave the kayaks home. Many of these trips have been in North Carolina and you'll find information on them in the Exploring NC section.
We've also undertaken several major trips to visit national parks and other sights in the US. Descriptions of these trips can be found at Trip West for our trip west in 2008 and Southwest trip for our 2010 trip to the Southwest US. Both trips were over 6,000 miles long and took us to National Parks and many other interesting places. The trip pages provide photos and descriptions of some of the sights we encountered along, such as the Corn Palace in Michel SD, along the way as well as the national parks and other major attractions.
We have several pages of photographs to help us remember the beauty of the places we've visited and to share with others. We have photos on all the trip pages and we have photo galleries with more photos. You can find a list of galleries at Photo Galleries.
There are several books and web sites that we have discovered over the years that have been very useful to us.
Favorite Paddles Merchant's Mill Pond and Bear Creek Lake
If we had to choose our favorite paddling spots in North Carolina, we'd pick Merchant's Mill Pond in Eastern North Carolina and Bear Creek Lake in Western North Carolina.
We haven't paddled Bear Creek Lake for quite awhile.
Sea Gull and Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska
Waterfalls from melting glacier College Fjord, Alaska
Linville Falls, North Carolina
Green River Overlook Canyonlands National Park
Reflection at Lower Yellowstone Prong Falls, Graveyard Fields Blue Ridge Parkway
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