Sunday, July 26, 2020

National & State Park History

National & State Park History
Date State National Park Description
July 23, 1993 Washington DC National Mall & Memorial Parks Stop in DC on the way to Ocean City Triathlon
July 4, 1994 Washington DC National Mall & Memorial Parks Beta 4th of July
July 4, 1996 Washington DC National Mall & Memorial Parks Beta 4th of July
May 4, 1997 Virginia/North Carolina Blue Ridge Parkway Road Trip
1998 New York Niagara Falls Road Trip
August 1999 Washington DC National Mall & Memorial Parks Take Little Brother Brandon to DC
December 6,1999 Arizona Saguaro National Park Visit while in Arizona for Tucson Marathon
October 21, 2000 Washington DC National Mall & Memerial Parks Visit DC for Marine Corps Marathon
March 19, 2001 Canada Niagara Falls Visit on the way to Canada
July 23, 2002 Pennsylvania Delaware Water Gap Close to Kittatinny Monument High Point
October 18,2002 California Lassen Volcanic National Park Visit while in California for Humboldt Marathon
 August 27, 2003 Arizona   Grand Canyon National Park Hike down S. Kaibab, Camp Phantom Ranch, Hike up Bright Angel
October 10,2003 South Dakota Mount Rushmore National Memorial Visit while in South Dakota for Mt. Rushmore Marathon
October 11,2003 South Dakota Badlands National Park Visit while in South Dakota for Mt. Rushmore Marathon
June 21,2004 Colorado Rocky Mountain National Park Visit while in Colorado for a Friend's Wedding
September 4,2005 South Dakota Mount Rushmore National Memorial Visit when moving from Columbus, Ohio to Seattle, WA
 February 18, 2006 Washington   Mount Rainier National Park Visit Mt. Rainier Pinnacle Saddle (Winter Hike)
 June 11, 2006 Washington   Mount Rainier National Park Visit Mt. Rainier while mom & dad were in town
 July, 2006 Washington   Mount Rainier National Park Visit Mt. Rainier Training Hike to Camp Muir and back??
 August 20, 2006 Washington   Mount Rainier National Park Visit Mt. Rainier Climb to Summit
 July 6, 2007 Washington   Mount Rainier National Park Visit Mt. Rainier Hike up and ski down from Camp Muir
 October 6, 2008 Hawaii   Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Visit while on Kona for Ironman World Championship
 October 2, 2009 Utah   Zion National Park Visit while in St. George for Marathon & Hiked Angels Landing
 August 14, 2010 California   Joshua Tree National Park Visit while sister was visiting California for Summer Trip
 April 3, 2011 Missouri   Gateway Arch National Park Visit while in Missouri for Spirit of St. Louis Marathon
 June 6, 2011 California   Sequoia National Park Visit Sequoia NP on the way to Yosemite National Park
 June 8, 2011 California   Yosemite National Park Visit Yosemite National Park Family Vacation
 July 17, 2011 California   Death Valley National Park Visit on the way home from Boundary Peak (high point of Nevada)
5/29/2013 Washington DC National Mall & Memorial Parks Take Parisa to DC
 July 6-12, 2013 Montana   Glacier National Park Spent a week in Glacier NP the week preceding Missoula Marathon
 July 21, 2013 California   Joshua Tree National Park Visit on the way back from Yuma, AZ with my mom
 August 15, 2013 Utah   Bryce Canyon National Park Visit on the way to Cycle Greater Yellowstone
 August 16, 2013 Wyoming   Grand Teton National Park Drive Thru on the way to Cycle Greater Yellowstone
 August 16, 2013 Wyoming   Yellowstone National Park Visit on the way to Cycle Greater Yellowstone
 August 21, 2013 Wyoming   Yellowstone National Park Bus Tour on rest day of Cycle Greater Yellowstone
 June 16, 2015 Utah   Zion National Park Visit with sister, Luke & Parisa on way to Wyoming
 June 16, 2015 Utah   Bryce Canyon National Park Visit with sister, Luke & Parisa on way to Wyoming
 June 18, 2015 Wyoming   Grand Teton National Park Visit with sister, Luke & Parisa on way to Wyoming
 June 18, 2015 Wyoming   Yellowstone National Park Visit with sister, Luke & Parisa on way to Wyoming
 June 20, 2015 Wyoming   Mount Rushmore National Memorial Parisa visits while Brian runs 50k in Wyoming
 February 27, 2016 California   Death Valley National Park Fly into Furnace Creek Airport and Explore on Bicycle
 July 22, 2016 California   Armstrong Redwoods Natural Reserve Visit while on Northern California Road Trip
 April 15, 2017 California   Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve State Natural Reserve Road Trip on Motorcycle to see Poppies
 June 7, 2017 Alaska   Glacier Bay National Park Fly into Gustavus while in Alaska for Skagway Marathon
 June 13, 2017 Alaska   Denali National Park Hike Denali National Park
 June 14, 2017 Alaska   Denali National Park Bus Tour Denali National Park
 June 15, 2017 Alaska   Denali State Park Denali State Park
 November 17, 2017 Nevada   Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Visit while in Las Vegas
 November 18, 2017 Nevada   Valley of Fire State Park Visit while in Las Vegas
 November 21, 2017 Arizona   Grand Canyon National Park West Grand Canyon Skywalk
November 22, 2017 Arizona Horseshoe Bend Visit Horseshoe Bend on Thanksgiving Holiday
November 22, 2017 Arizona Antelope Canyon Tribal Park Antelope Canyon Photo Tour on Thanksgiving Holiday
 November 23, 2017 Utah   Monument Valley Tribal Park Monument Valley on Thanksgiving Holiday
 November 23, 2017 Arizona   Grand Canyon National Park North Rim Grand Canyon on Thanksgiving Holiday
 November 23, 2017 Arizona   Grand Canyon National Park South Rim Grand Canyon on Thanksgiving Holiday
 January 21, 2018 Nevada   Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Visit while in Las Vegas
 June 15, 2018 New York   Niagara Falls National Heritage Area Visit while in New York
 September 7-9, 2018 Colorado   Rocky Mountain National Park Camp in Rocky Mountain National Park days before Longs Peak
 September 10-11, 2018 Colorado   Rocky Mountain National Park Climb Longs Peak
 January 19, 2019 Nevada   Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Visit while in Las Vegas
 January 20, 2019 Nevada   Valley of Fire State Park Visit while in Las Vegas
 March 16, 2019 California   Death Valley National Park Camp Death Valley
 May 11, 2019 Arizona   Grand Canyon National Park Grandview Trail Hike
 May 13, 2019 Arizona   Grand Canyon National Park S. Kaibab to Bright Angel + Plateau Point Hike
 June 8-9, 2019 California   Joshua Tree National Park Weekend Camping at Jumbo Rocks
 August 4-7, 2019 Maine   Acadia National Park Camping and Hiking
 August 8, 2019 Maine   Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Drive thru Park
 July 25, 2020 California   Joshua Tree National Park Star Gazing

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Joshua Tree National Park (2020)


With the hopes of having a clear view of Neowise's Comet Parisa and I packed up the car and headed out to the desert. A late start and a line of cars still entering the park after dark we didn't have time to get to the vantage point I had intended, but found an dirt road offshoot and drove back a couple miles with hopes of avoiding light pollution from all the cars.

We knew the Comet was supposed to be in the northwestern sky to the lower-right of the Big Dipper now and best viewing is probably between 9:30 and 10 pm. The spot we found had a clear view of the Big Dipper however the lower horizon was obstructed by a mountain so we even tho the Comet was fading out I don't think we had a direct line of site from our vantage point.

We made the best of our time in the desert. We were greeted by a coyote that sprung across the road directly in front of us, insects singing, and perfect clear skies. We were able to capture a couple of good shots with the Joshua Tree landscape in the foreground.