I’m sharing this excellent post (I didn’t write it). It’s my goal to visit at least one national park in each state. I’m not sure I’m quite as adventurous as this writer, but I’d love to be. ~Sabrina

My Top 10 Long National Park Hikes: #10


What is the most scenic drive in North America?

I think I’m going to have to add this to my “will do” list. (Who needs buckets?!)

The Adventures of a Day Hiker

I’ve often wondered about what might be the most scenic drive in all of North America. The answer is obviously subjective. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of amazing scenic routes throughout the continent. I’ve enjoyed quite a few especially scenic drives on my travels. There are scenic byways that cling to lakes and rivers, overlook beautiful canyons, climb mountains, and parallel unspoiled coastlines. For me it’s the mountain drives that reign supreme. I really struggle to proclaim a clear winner when it comes to the title of Most Scenic Drive in North America. So, here are my three finalists:

The Beartooth Highway

The Beartooth Highway is a section of Route 212 between Red Lodge and Cooke City in Montana. Cooke City is the nearest town to the Northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park. The scenic byway is just shy of being 69 miles long. The road climbs more than…

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Disney World

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Wow! It’s been months since I posted anything. It’s almost embarrassing. But, it’s been months since I went anywhere new for me to write about. However, that slow spell is about to end. I’ll soon be travelling to Nashville and San Antonio and hope to have pictures and stories from both. But before all that, I’m at Disney World!

Being from California, I’ve explored Disneyland many times. I’m just an adult-sized little girl, so I love it. I’ve always wanted to go to Disney World. And, since I’m one of the luckiest people ever, my real job has sent me to Disney World to represent the company at a convention. Yes, I fully appreciate how awesome my job is.

My daughter flew in to join me for a couple of days, and we were able to get in a good amount of play in addition to my work duties. I’ll share with you what we learned about traveling to Disney World.

Disney World is divided into four parks and a couple resorts. We stayed at the Disney Yacht Club resort and visited Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and the Magic Kingdom.

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Parkfield: Preserving the Past for the Future

Parkfield is a hidden little treasure in California. My dad introduced me to it years ago. Here’s something he wrote recently about the special town.

The Real Western View

This summer we’ve been talking about places to go when you have a day off and need some fresh scenery.   Let me tell you about one of my favorite places on the map.

Parkfield is a quiet and quaint wide spot in the road located in the central coast mountains between Paso Robles and Coalinga. It’s famous as ‘the earthquake capital of the world.’  Geologists, as well as earthquake enthusiasts, love to visit Parkfield and scour the hillsides for evidence of tectonic plate shifts.  The earth shakes often here but at low intensity – as Californians well know, frequent small quakes are much safer than an occasional big one. So this is a good place to study earthquake activity.  Check the bridge south of town – it goes over the San Andreas fault, and you can actually see how far the earth has moved since the bridge was built.

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Week 5 of Food, Fitness and Friends

This week’s fitness tip from Germaine:


Four Reasons You’re Not Seeing Results

1.You’re not eating enough

Missing meals is not the best way to lose weight.

2.No training regimen at the gym

Don’t do the same workout every day.

3.Unrealistic expectations

Goals will not be reached overnight! Real results can take a year or even more. Don’t give up.

4.No accountability

Are you really putting in work or are you going through the motions? Be honest with yourself.

This week’s featured recipe:

Almond Butter Energy Bites

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Second Year of Every Kid in a Park Pass


The following press release came across my desk at work, and I thought I’d share it with my fellow travelers. Visiting the National Parks, forests, and waters is a wonderful way to see the natural beauty of our nation.

And if you’re following for the fitness posts, what better place to get out and get moving?

Fourth graders can obtain pass that grants free access to federal lands and waters nationwide for them and their family  

WASHINGTON – As part of President Obama’s commitment to protect our nation’s unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them, the Obama Administration today launched the second year of the Every Kid in a Park program, which gives fourth graders and their families free access to federal lands and waters nationwide for a full year. Watch a video with highlights from Every Kid in a Park from last year.

Fourth graders can visit the Every Kid in a Park website to obtain a free pass that provides access to federally managed lands and waters – including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries. The pass – which features a new design for this year’s students – is valid from September 1, 2016 through August 31, 2017and grants free entry for fourth graders and up to three accompanying adults (or an entire non-commerical vehicle for drive-in parks) at more than 2,000 sites across the country.

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Week 4: Nutrition Myths

I’m going to start this out by saying I am not a doctor. I’m not even a nutritionist. I’m not giving you medical advice. The four of us who write for this blog also write professionally about food and agriculture all day. Our job is to talk to experts and accurately report what the experts say. We’ve been doing it for many years. And that’s what I’m going to do here, as we combat two basic nutrition myths.

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Week 3: What gets you going?

This week, I’ve asked the bloggers what music gets them going during their workouts. You’ll notice the answers are all pretty different from each other. It brings home the point that we’re all moved by different things, motivated by different things, inspired by different things, and changed by different things. If you’re starting out a health and fitness journey with us, consider what it is that gets you moving, and how you can put more of that into your life.

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