Introduction

After retirement in 2012, I finally had the time and money to travel and see many of the internationally known national parks in the U.S. and Canada. I created this website hoping it might entertain and perhaps be helpful for those thinking about exploring these two countries. Several hundred pictures give a hint of what is out there. I created a website instead of a blog because a website allows people to look at specific trips. With hyperlinks you can click on the parks that most interest you.

My choices of what to visit leaned towards natural beauty with an occasional side trip for something geologically, ecologically or archaeologically interesting. For a change, I occasionally stopped for museums if I was close enough and had time.

Wanting to be as close as possible to the park experience and to avoid the expense of motels, I bought an A-frame pop-up camper called an Aliner in 2013. This camper is small enough to fit in almost any site that is not restricted to tents. My choice was not luxurious but is warm and dry and more comfortable than much of the camping and backpacking I have done over the years.

By the end of 2019, I have towed the Aliner for over 39,800 miles, driven through 47 states, and slept in it in 43 of them. In the US, I visited 20 national parks, 14 national monuments, 2 national lake shores, 2 national recreation areas, 2 national scenic areas, 2 national land marks, and 39 state parks. Temperatures ranged from below freezing to 100 degrees (38 degrees Celsius) and altitude varied from near sea level to 9,100 feet (Rainbow Point, Bryce Canyon Nat. Park). So far, I have stayed at 99 different camp sites in the U.S. and 48 in Canada.

In Canada, I slept in 10 provinces (counting Newfoundland and Labrador as 1 province), and visited 15 Canadian National Parks and 16 Provincial Parks.

My personal interests determined what I wanted to visit. I have a strong back ground in biology and I have read quite a bit about paleontology. I also have a passing interest in geology. Historical parks like Gettysburg can also be interesting but I had to prioritize since there are so many parks I wanted to see. I did not go out of my way to see Las Vegas, giant shopping malls, or the world’s largest ball of string.

After camping and backpacking in six states (including Colorado, Montana, and Alaska) before I bought the camper, the outdoors still calls me. I was able to reuse my outdoor clothing and some items from these trips.

More details about myself can be found in “My Life History” below, if you are interested. All my Aliner trips have been solitary except for sometimes sharing the trailer with my wife or my brother, Larry. My wife accompanied me for 2 days in Rhode Island and two days in Vermont. My brother, Larry, was with me for 3 days in Pennsylvania, 7 days in New Mexico in 2015 and 8 days in Washington in 2016. Sue prefers to meet me on my trips and we stay in hotels while I store the Aliner. In 2016, we spent a week in Portland, Oregon and a week in the Grand Tetons while the Aliner was stored. In 2017, she met me in Calgary, Alberta and I stored the camper while we toured Banff, Jasper and adjoining parks for 12 days. In 2019, she met me for 3 days in St. Johns, Newfoundland.

I have also added information about my trailer, trip planning, safety, and my own mishaps for those people thinking of doing it themselves. Perhaps some of it might be useful.

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