National Parks We’ve Been To

This is a list of the National parks that we have been to. Click on the link to see more information about our time there.

Death Valley National Park – California & Nevada
Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Tennessee & North Carolina
Redwood National Park – California
Yellowstone National Park – Montana (2015)
Yellowstone National Park – Montana (2020)
Yellowstone National Park – Idaho
Zion National Park – Utah

Phoenix, Arizona

February 6, 2022 – February 8, 2022

We stayed at the beautiful Phoenician Luxury Hotel 

2/6/22 Today we flew to Phoenix, Arizona, and we checked into the Phoenician hotel, had dinner, and went to bed.

2/7/22 Today after breakfast, we drove to White Sands National Park, and then we decided to visit Goldfield mining town then, we had lunch at Tortilla Flat, and afterward, we met our friends Kari Lake and Lisa Dent for a drink.

2/8/22 Today after breakfast, we finished White Sands National Park and drove to Alamogordo for the night.

Mine Tour

Tortilla Flat Restaurant


Yellowstone, Montana – 2020 (Yellowstone National Park)

September 10, 2020 – September 13, 2020

Today we got up and packed our stuff again and headed to Yellowstone National Park for three days.

We saw every possible sight that could be seen. I have a picture down below of the map and everything we did is circled.

Glacier County, Montana (Glacier National Park)

September 7, 2020 – September 9, 2020

Glacier National Park 

9/7/20 – Driving to lake McDonald West Glacier Park we stopped in the store that had dinosaur eggs that were found by the store owners wife Marion

We finally arrived at our hotel and after settling in we decided to go and check out the park of course on the way to Glacier National Park there was an unexpected blizzard so a big part of the park was closed.

9/8/20 – Today we woke up and decided to hike the rocky point trail and it was well worth it because the landscape views were amazing.

After lunch and a nap, we hiked the sacred dancing cascades for a short while it was late in the day. Right after the hike we drove to town and had dinner at glacier highland restaurant.

9/9/20 – Today we woke up early and packed up our stuff and headed to Trail of the Cedars and Avalanche Lake Trail of the Cedars was beautiful. If you don’t have enough time to hike the Avalanche Lake Trail the waterfalls in Trail of the Cedars is a spectacular sight.

The John Deer Journal – Scrap metal art

Crescent City, California

July 20, 2015

Today we drove to Crater Lake National Park. This lake is the bluest colored lake and the deepest lake in the world. You have to see this lake in person to appreciate the color of it. John and I hiked to the edge of the lake, and we were surprised that the lake is crystal clear.

After spending some time exploring Crater Lake, we then drove to Redwood National Park. Once again another jaw-dropping sighting by Mother Nature. The sheer beauty and size of these trees are breathtaking. John and I have ever seen anything like them before.

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming

July 17, 2015

Today we drove through Yellowstone National Park towards Jackson Hole, WY and once again seeing nature at its best. We saw this pretty and very colorful hot spring called Morning Glory Pool which is in the Yellowstone Upper Geyser Basin part of the park. The next thing we saw was Old Faithful it erupts every 44 to 125 minutes. After driving around and exploring the park, we decided to drive to our hotel The Rusty Parrot Lodge and check out that area since we were only there overnight.

We decided to have dinner in the hotel restaurant called Wild Sage which was a AAA 4 diamond awarded restaurant. The food was good the only problem we had was with the waiter he was obnoxious and didn’t like answering questions we had about the menu. We liked Jackson Hole and wanted to see more of it one day so we will visit again one day in the future.

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Pictures from our second visit to Jackson Hole

January 03, 2016 – January 09, 2016                                                           Today we flew to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and we were in luck because it warmed up a bit. We checked into the Four Seasons Hotel which was great it’s one of my favorite hotel chains. We were told that the past few days the temperature was in the single digits. Our friends Mike & Christy met us there luckily they don’t have to fly they drove from Utah.  We had a great time with them we had dinner the first night at the White Buffalo Club which was great. John was happy because he skied pretty much every day, but I didn’t ski at all because it was too cold for me.


Maria – With my beautiful friend Christy


Snowmobiling through Yellowstone National Park

Maria & John
Maria & John

Maria & John

Yellowstone Park, Wyoming

July 16, 2015

Today we finally arrived in Yellowstone National Park. As soon as we entered the park, we saw three buffalo’s walking along the road. It’s amazing when you see how big they are in person. Along the way driving through the park, we stopped and saw a lot of sulfur pools which was unbelievable that they are all natural and extremely dangerous. We also saw the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.

After about a million stops and pictures, we drove to our hotel which was the Lake Yellowstone Hotel. Upon check-in, we found out that there was no air conditioning, television or internet which was a hard pill to swallow since we were spending two nights here. We need the internet to run our business so it was difficult to stay somewhere for two nights without it.

Once we settled in we went to eat at the restaurant in the hotel. I ordered the Quail entree. I have to say that I am still dreaming about that dinner. I told John that we have to go back there soon because I want to have that Quail again. After dinner, we decided to go to the front desk and cancel tomorrow night we found a different hotel called the Rusty Parrot Lodge which is a boutique hotel in Jackson Hole, WY and it’s updated.

If you would like to know what and where we ate while at Yellowstone.

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Sulfur staircase

Yellowstone, Montana

July 15, 2015

Today on the way to Yellowstone National Park we drove to Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park. The park is located in Whitehall, MT. We took a tour of one of the most decorated limestone caverns in the Northwest. It was lined with stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and helictites which were lit up electrically. It was a cool experience.

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