Independence Day 2016 – “There is nothing so American as our national parks”, Franklin D. Roosevelt

History of the National Park Service “National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst” – Wallace Stegner With the National Park Service commemorating its centennial in August, it seemed like an excellent opportunity for us to celebrate all things “national park” […]

WAnderlust Series: Celebrating the National Park Service

The National Park Service is today celebrating its 99th year – Happy Birthday NPS!! The NPS was established by Congress on the 25th August 1916 by virtue of the Organic Act, with a statutory mission “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of […]

Admiral, there be whales here!

The coastal region of the Pacific Northwest’s Olympic National Park is known for its rich marine mammal population, with Orca’s, harbor porpoises and migrating grey whales commonly sighted at different times during the year. Its rugged and wild coastline provides a uniquely rich habitat for other species of marine life too, including the spectacular star […]

Lassen Volcanic Nat’l Park – Edge of the world wilderness and my favourite National Park. So far…

The U.S. National Park Service will celebrate its centennial next year on the 25 August, having been established by President Woodrow Wilson under the Organic Act of 1916. The precursor to this government agency was the proclamation of Devils Tower in Wyoming as the first National Monument by Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, and the dedication […]

To the Batcave!

Hiking in the Brecon Beacons offers such diversity in terms of the landscape that is available to be explored, and yesterday, we visited what is known as Waterfall Country, in search of Bruce Wayne’s legendary Batcave. The Batcave hides behind the tallest waterfall in South Wales (at 90 feet), in the county of Powys.  The […]

Last Guardian of the Iron Isles

The Gower peninsular in South Wales has an abundance of beautiful hikes.  Some of the better known hiking landmarks of the area include the gorgeous Three Cliffs Bay and the iconic Worms Head tidal island off Rhossili Beach. Whiteford Sands is one of the more unusual destinations of the Gower, in that its most notable […]

Go nuts for national SQUIRREL month!

It is difficult not to love squirrels – they are just simply AWESOME! Big bushy tails, relentless nut foraging, endearing nut hiding/losing – what is there not to love?! My love of squirrels was fuelled three-fold during our recent trip to California, where the State just seems to be overrun by these adorable little critters. […]