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A grand golden sunset over North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Parkway. Photo by Chris Mobley. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 7/27/16.

Incredible sunsets are one of the many rewards of hiking along the Appalachian Trail, a national scenic trail that stretches from Georgia to Maine. 142 more words


Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

The National Park Service has selected a beautiful patch of the Sonoran Desert about half way between Yuma and Tucson and all the way south at the Mexican border.  471 more words

Texas Roadtrip 2016

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, AZ

My 2016 winter trip started out deep in the thickets of cactus. Ever since January 2 when I arrived in the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, 15 miles south of Quartzsite, AZ, I had been seeking out cactus. 1,245 more words


Organ Pipe cactus forest

I camped at Organ Pipe and in the morning had a sales visit with the manager at the visitor center. Was heading to Yuma from there and intended to just drive straight out. 874 more words


Tohono O'odham to Organ Pipe

Red-tailed Hawks sitting side by side. Not sure if I’ve ever seen this before. Maybe they’ve watched Harris’s Hawks enjoying each other’s company and thought what the hey, let’s give that a whirl. 152 more words