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Traveling the National Parks

Hello, Rudy and crew! Really enjoy the show, heard on WVXU 91.7 here in Cincinnati, Sat., 10-11 a.m.

One of my travel passions -- the National Park System in the US. In fall 1995, a friend and I did a 75- day, 11,000 mile drive visiting most of the Parks west of the Mississippi. I'd just left my firm, she'd retired from teaching, so we had "schedule flexibility."

For various reasons -- local weather (usually snow), park closings during the November '95 government shutdown, one of us had "been there, done that" -- we "missed" Crater Lake, Lassen, Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Canyonlands, Rocky Mountain. But that still leaves all the Parks in SD, WY, MT, WA, and many in CA, UT, and Mesa Verde, CO. I think we were in 16 of the 22 or so that I identified. Not to mention the many wonderful National Monuments along the way.

It was a fantastic odyssey! Along the way, we tried to indulge in as many thermal springs as possible, from the delights of Thermopolis, WY at the north end of the Wind River Canyon, to the city pool in Ourey, CO.

Along the Pacific coast, lighthouse- visiting became another "must-do." And on the mad dash home (did it have to end so soon?), we stopped in Eureka Springs, AR which was lighted for Christmas. Every building was encrusted with lights; it was pretty and magical.

Budget and time permitting, a lap around Switzerland's perimeter could be next. Strasbourg, through Bavaria, Austria's high points (pun?), Venice, Italy's north, French coast, back to Strasbourg. Let's bring those airfares down!!!



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