Monthly Archive: April 2016

Apr 28

Rock Island State Park

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Rugged beauty, historic buildings, epic waterfalls, and hiking is what Rock Island State Park has to offer.  Unfortunately, our day trip through the area did not afford the time to do all that.  In fact, I would not even call it a day trip.  More of a vacation survey. What we found out was we …

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Apr 26

Top 10 Things to see or Do in Crater Lake National Park

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Crater Lake National Park is known for its rugged spectacular views and intense blue color of its famous lake.  A trip here takes real dedication.  It is kind of far from anywhere, which adds to its appeal.  Located in the south central part of Oregon.  It is the states only National Park and it is …

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Apr 24

Cummins Falls Trail

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Cummins Falls Trail, the perfect day hike for the adventurer in all of us.  Not too long.  Has wonderful scenery.  A little difficult to get to, but not bad enough to scare hikers away.  The payoff is a wonderful waterfall whose base is one of the great swimming holes in the United States.  This Cummins …

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Apr 21

Cummins Falls State Park

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Breathtaking… pretty much sums up a visit to Cummins Falls State Park.  A rugged little park with just enough adventure for the weekend warrior.  Cummins Falls State Park is a 211-acre day-use park located in what I would call the heart of Tennessee’s waterfall country.  Home to Cummins Falls, a 75-foot-high waterfall and Tennessee’s 8th …

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Apr 20

Tennessee Safari Park

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We had good times all around at the Tennessee Safari Park.  Just a short drive off I-40 not far from Memphis this drive through safari is a must see.  Large variety of animals.  A very reasonable price.  Arguably the largest feed bucket we have ever been given at safari park.  All-in-all a great bang for …

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Apr 18

Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo

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The Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo is a small but enjoyable attraction in the tourist trap town of Hot Springs.  Knowing that we were in Arkansas and not Florida or Louisiana we did not have the highest of expectations going in.  It surpassed those expectations unfortunately by not as much as we hoped.  Now …

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Apr 17

Fordyce Bathhouse: Hot Springs National Park

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Fordyce Bathhouse the crown jewel of Bathhouse Row in Hot Springs National Park.  A restored bathhouse that now serves as the national park’s visitor center.  Fordyce Bathhouse is returned to its early 20th century grandeur.  It provides great insight into what the whole bathhouse scene in Hot Springs was all about.  Decked out, the Fordyce …

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Apr 10

Hot Water Cascade: Hot Springs National Park

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Hot Water Cascade is a mini-waterfall of cascading water that flows down the mountain from one of the springs.  Probably the smallest waterfall that I have ever photographed.  Hot Water Cascade is accurately named.  On colder days the cascade will radiate clouds of steam down the mountainside.  Hot Water Cascade ends in a small rock …

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Apr 09

Bathhouse Row: Hot Springs National Park

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Bathhouse Row is the main thoroughfare of Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas.  Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987.  Bathhouse Row is home to eight bathhouses that made the town of Hot Springs a major tourist attraction during the early part of the 20th century.  Two of the eight buildings, the Buckstaff and Quapaw, …

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Apr 06

National Park Aquarium: Hot Springs

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Located in historic Hot Springs Arkansas, the National Park Aquarium provided the perfect little distraction for my little girl.  She is a trooper when it comes to our family vacations.  But children can only take so much of historic buildings, overlooks, and hiking trails.  The National Park Aquarium provided just enough variety and excitement to …

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