Friday Favorites: Black Gap Road in Big Bend National Park

Much of Big Bend National Park is primitive roads requiring high clearance and off road tires. 4 wheel drive is a plus! Since Josh has popped several tires in the Park before, this time he decided to bring me (and my Jeep).

My favorite section was Black Gap Road. This area required 4 wheel drive to navigate and since we backcountry camped nearby, we had the road to ourselves. Black Gap Road traverses a rock canyon and we had a blast.

In the video below, you can hear me worrying about splashing Josh, and Josh worrying that I’m going to leave him behind. In any case, off-roading and exploring the backcountry and ruins was my favorite part of Big Bend National Park. rk

Friday Favorites: Niagara Falls

Waterfalls are always favorites, especially an iconic one like Niagara Falls. Best viewed from the Canadian side, every time I’ve been to Niagara I’ve been surprised by the huge volumes of water. From where I recorded the video, you can stick your hand right in the water as it plummets over the edge. rk

Friday Favorites: Geysers & Hot Springs in Yellowstone NP

Yellowstone National Park is an amazing place. I think you could spend a summer there and not see everything.

One of the things that surprised me was the amount of geothermal features, there must be thousands. It’s so impressive.

Here is a video and a few pics from our visit last summer.

This is in the Upper Geyser Basin

Don’t remember the name of this hot spring, but it’s pretty

Morning Glory Hot Spring

Old Faithful

Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces

Friday Favorites: Big Sur

From my first sighting of the Big Sur coast through the Santa Lucia Mountains, I was amazed by its beauty. The waterfalls gushing onto the beach and California State Route 1 practically bolted to the side of the mountains, precariously perched above the crashing waves just add to its charm. It’s one of my favorite places I’ve visited. rk

Friday Favorites: Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls is a 620 foot waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge, east of Portland OR. It is easily accessed right off of I-84, heck you can see it without even stopping at the parking area.

I wanted to hike up the trails to see the waterfall from different angles, but they were still closed while I was there from the September 2017 wildfire. Please enjoy the video and thanks for reading. rk

Friday Favorites: Geological Survey Markers

One of my favorite things to look for when traveling are geological survey markers. Survey markers are objects placed to mark key survey points on the surface of the Earth.

I get a thrill seeing one on a remote mountain top, imagining the survey crew who hiked in there and placed it.

Here are some pictures I’ve collected along the way:

Pine Mountain, Georgia (note the triangle indicating this mark is used for triangulation)

Banff, Alberta

El Malpais National Monument, New Mexico

Seattle, Washington

Charleston, South Carolina

Knoxville, TN

Cadillac Mountain, Maine


Friday Favorites: Capulin Volcano in New Mexico

If you read the blog often, you will know that the writers at bighorntravelblog love New Mexico. This view from the summit is just fabulous. It’s one of my favorites.

You can read more about Capulin Volcano here:

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Friday Favorites: The Cliff Walk in Newport RI

Newport is a gorgeous small New England town located right on the Atlantic. The Cliff Walk is one of the most popular attractions in the area. The 3.5 mile one way National Recreation Trail follows the coastline cutting through the backyards of the rich and famous. It’s kinda surreal checking out the architecture of the mansions on your right while cold Atlantic waves crash on the rocks to your left. I have a video for you to get an idea of the area.

A typical Newport mansion. Not sure who this one belonged too but I’ll imagine it was a Rockefeller, Kennedy, or maybe someone nouveau rich like Taylor Swift.