Meteor Crater, Arizona

As a youth I was very much in space exploration and found anything related to space fascinating. On a few different family camping trips we stopped off at Meteor Crater, AZ. Which is a privately owned but is set up much like a state park might be. I mostly remember...

Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

Mammoth Cave National Park should be on everyone’s list of places to go and spend a day or two or three. I have been to this park two times in my lifetime and look forward to a third visit in the future. I had a chance to go with my parents as a young boy, and...

Kanopolis State Park, Kansas

The first state park in Kansas, Kanopolis State Park is in the scenic Smoky Hills region of the state of Kansas. It offers more than 30 miles of trails, 200 primitive campsites. There are 14 campgrounds with utilities outside the park.

Calico Ghost Town, California

As a youth I went to Calico Ghost Town in California many times, with the Boy Scouts, school trips and even with my family. My favorite parts were the silly little mine tunnel and the train. Keep in mind it is not a real ghost town in the traditional since, its more...

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

I remember going to Badlands National Park in South Dakota with my parents when I was a teenager. My father was interested in trying to retrace the steps of Army Lieut. Col. George Custer who made it into this area in the 1870s. When George Custer and his men ventured...