America the Beautiful.
I was born in Indiana, though I wouldn’t call it home. My family left Indiana when I was a toddler, and since then, I have lived in eight states (Virginia, Maryland, Alabama, Kansas, California, Texas, Minnesota, Iowa) and Washington, DC and visited all but nine of the other states (Alaska, Connecticut, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming). Each state, with its own unique vibe and flavor, possesses beauty, both natural and manmade. I’d be hard pressed to choose a favorite, although there are a few that stand out in my mind. With thousands of miles of open roads and an interstate highways system that lends itself to an infinite number of road trip possibilities, the USA offers a lifetime of travel and exploration opportunities for residents and visitors alike.
As a lover of nature as well, the U.S. National Park system is one of our country’s most valuable assets, as far as I’m concerned. My initial interest in our county’s national parks developed when I was a university student and took a course called Geology of National Parks. The formation of some of the landscapes of the United States fascinated me, and I began to explore them on foot, hiking and camping. I spent a lot of time back then in the mountains of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, hiking parts of the George Washington National Forest and the Appalachian Trail, as both were close to my university in Lexington, Virginia. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit several national parks over the last 20 years, but there is still so much to be seen.
While my travels throughout America the Beautiful began long before I had a digital camera and started blogging, and even before there was such a thing as blogging, I have in recent years tried to capture some of our country’s splendor as seen through my own eyes and lens.
Select from the list below (a constant work in progress as I visit more places and spend more time in them) to view photos and read more. Enjoy!