Black Hills: Step Back in Time to the Wild West

An isolated mountain range located in the western edge of South Dakota, the Black Hills is full of scenery, rich history, and tons of family fun. Nestled among the prairies of the upper-Midwest, you’ll find majestic granite spires, pine covered peaks, and unique rock outcroppings. While discovering off-the-beaten-path treasures, the inherent thread of Wild West […]

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Visiting Picacho Peak State Park 

Visitors traveling along I-10 in southern Arizona can’t miss the prominent 1,500-foot peak of Picacho Peak State Park. Enjoy the view as you hike the trails that wind up the peak and, often in the spring you’ll overlook a sea of Mexican gold poppies and other wildflowers. The park and surrounding area are known for […]

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My Top 10 List of Birds

Green jay © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Everyone has lists and seldom do any two lists agree. But lists can be interesting fodder for discussion, argument, and sometimes agreement. Some readers will wonder why I omitted some extra-popular beauties like the cedar waxwing, wood duck, blue jay, northern cardinal, meadowlark, bluebird, and painted bunting. Sorry, but sometimes a bunch of bling—I’m looking […]

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Edisto Beach State Park: Unspoiled Paradise

Edisto Beach State Park perfectly captures the unspoiled natural beauty of the area. There’s no roughing it here; it’s too perfect for that. Located on Edisto Island, Edisto Beach State Park is one of four oceanfront parks in South Carolina. Edisto Island lies about an hour south of bustling Charleston as the pelican flies. But […]

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