Big Bend National Park

Photo: Jasperdo, National Park (Some rights reserved) Named for the sweeping bend of the Rio Grande (Rio Bravo) River along the United States – Mexico border in southwest Texas, Big Bend National Park is a remote jewel within the Chihuahuan Desert where the Chisos Mountains rise above the river. The park is bordered by the …

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Photo: James Marvin Phelps, Neowise (Some rights reserved) Lake Mead National Recreation Area, is the USA’s fifth most popular national park unit with more than 7 million visits a year. For the first time since it was created in the 1930s, a federal water shortage has been declared for Lake Mead, including mandatory water cutbacks …

Happy Birthday, Las Vegas

Photo: Ron Mader, Old Fort (Some rights reserved) Happy #117 in 2022. Las Vegas celebrates its birthday on May 15. Hashtag: #HappyBirthdayVegas As a city Las Vegas was founded on May 15, 1905 when 110 acres near Stewart/Garces/Main/Fifth (Las Vegas Boulevard) were auctioned. For history buffs, Clark County Museum is a must. We are also …

Seven Magic Mountains

Photo: Ron Mader, May 2022 (Some rights reserved) For those visiting (or living in Las Vegas) Seven Magic Mountains has been a go-to, whimsical delight since May 11, 2016. Blue Highway travel meets a kaleidoscope of colors. Can stacked, day-glo boulders be an inspired roadside attraction? Yes, with free admission. Hashtags: #7magicmountains #UgoRondinone #JeanDryLake See …

Lake Tahoe

Photo: Ron Reiring, North Shore (Some rights reserved) Tahoe is derived from the Washoe word “da ow” for lake. According to Tahoe South: Even the name ‘Lake Tahoe’ is from the Washoe, or at least its origin is before we garbled it up. The word ‘Tahoe’ is the result of a mispronunciation of the first …

Las Vegas Arts District 18B

Photo: Ron Mader, 18B (Some rights reserved) Las Vegas Arts District, or 18b, is a vibrant cultural hub packed with indie art galleries and performance spaces in converted warehouses. Jeff Hwang: “In Las Vegas, there’s the Strip, there’s Downtown Fremont Street and now you have the Arts District, which is kind of a third theme …

Chesapeake Bay

Photo: Timothy Pohlhaus, Summer Low Tide, Upper Chesapeake Bay (Some rights reserved) Spotlight on Chesapeake Bay, an estuary in Virginia and Maryland. More than 150 major rivers and streams flow into the Bay’s 64,299-square-mile (166,534 km2) drainage basin, which covers parts of six states (New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia) and all …

Los Angeles

Photo: Ron Reiring, Dodger Stadium (Some rights reserved) Los Angeles is the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California. Google Mapsgoo.gl/maps/ujeCRdse3jH5Tjo78 AppsShakeAlertLA Earthquake Early Warning Photos Nearby Parks Planeta.com

Petrified Forest National Park

Photo: Scott Williams/NPS, Buttes and Petrified Wood (Some rights reserved) Attention paleo tourism fans, Petrified Forest National Park features one of the best deposits of Late Triassic fossils, badlands, grassland, and more than 10,000 years of human history. Google Mapsgoo.gl/maps/8p4EUaBgyijRCohn9 Key Linksnps.gov/[email protected] Stray Observations Arizona does not observe Daylight Saving Time. In the summer the …