Anne & Lee


Anne & Lee

My initial entries for travel blogs from 2001 through 2007 were made on an old Earthlink site that has since been abandoned and the entries on that site have been lost, except for the notes on my computer. I used Travel Pod as a blogging site from 2008 and through 2011 when I switched to this site for just the last part of 2011. From 2012 through 2014 I used a site from MapQuest which shut down in 2016 so those entries are no longer on line. I went back to Travel Pod from 2015 through 2017. Now, in mid 2017, Travel Pod has shut down. Fortunately Travel Pod enabled users to download their content to this Travel Blog site so now those trips from 2008 to 2011 and from 2015 to 2017 that were on the Travel Pod site have been reloaded onto this site. As of this date, September 2017, I will again be using this Travel Blog site. On Travel Pod I usually made a separate entry for each day of a particular trip. Since this site lends itself more to a single entry for a trip recap it makes those earlier entries seem a bit disjointed. Consequently future entries about our trips on this site will only have one “blog” entry with pictures to recap the things seen and done on the various days of the trip. I think that will make it easier for folks to navigate as well as cut down on my tendency to provide way more detail than most folks want to read.

In the summer of 2015 Anne and I completed our quest of hiking in all 59 national parks and the several pages of the blog for that trip to the last three parks in Alaska in June of that year is on this site. Since then we've taken a few other trips that were loaded from the now defunct TravelPod site. We have also taken one in June of 2017 to Alaska with our daughter and her family and another in September to the Southwest with Anne's sister to visit the Grand Canyon, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, and do a little hiking in Idaho. These last two have not previously been entered on a blog but will be added to this site as will others that we will take in the future. For these there will be one entry for each trip with text giving a description of the trip followed by pictures with captions to show some of the sights seen and describe when and where we have gone. Hope you find this site fairly easy to navigate as well as hope you enjoy the entries.



Former TravelPod Member: leesneed

Joined: March 10th, 2009
From: lives in Central,United States
Hobbies: Hiking
Bucket List: Hike in all of the US national parks
Profession: Retired - Accountant

In mid September, Anne and I traveled to Utah to hike in several areas in the south as well as one hike in the Uinta mountains in the northeastern part of the state. It involved a good bit of driving, but we got it all done in the allotted time. We flew into Salt Lake City on a Saturday, arriving around 2:00 PM, and then had a long, 250 mile drive to Cedar City. On Sunday, we drove about 20 miles south to the Kolob Canyon area of Zion National Park, a section not visited by nearly as many people as the main canyon to the southeast. This area is at an elevation of around 5,000 to 6,000 feet, and we wanted to get somewhat acclimated before the higher level hikes we had planned for later. ... read more
Kolob Canyon
Kolob Canyon
Side trail to the Kolob Arch

In mid July, Anne and I traveled to northern New Mexico and southern Colorado to do a bit of hiking. We started in Colorado and finished in New Mexico. All of these areas were at higher elevations than we are used to hiking in, but we decided we’d just take it easy and do what we could. That worked out pretty well but in hindsight we probably should have started in New Mexico at the lower elevations, around 7,000 feet, before tackling the 10,000 feet and up that we found in Colorado. But we were able to complete most of the hikes we had planned on doing. I’ll post some pictures from the three main areas we visited on this page as well as a brief description of the trails we managed to hike. We flew ... read more
Piedra River Trail
Piedra River Trail
Piedra River Trail

In mid-May of 2019, Anne and I traveled to Pennsylvania by way of Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland in order to complete a goal of hiking on the Appalachian Trail in all 14 states that it travels through. While we had already hiked the AT in VA, we needed a stopover spot to break up the trip, so we added a couple of nights there to allow us to stay in a pretty unique spot in the VA mountains.. As a result we were able to hike on the AT in all 4 states--Grayson-Highlands state park in VA, Harper's Ferry in WV, the C&O canal towpath in MD, and the Michaux State Forest in PA. Just to keep things simple, I’ll put all the pictures from the trip on this single page. Anne found the perfect ... read more
Silo, Barn, & grounds

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean March 23rd 2019

In late March of 2019, Anne and I, along with our daughter and her family, visited St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands for a week of hiking, snorkeling, and other touristy things. It was spring break for Maggie, our granddaughter, and for LeeAnne, our daughter, who is a kindergarten teacher. Unfortunately, David and Sonja were not able to get away from work to join us. St. Croix's history is a real mixed bag. Columbus discovered the island in 1493. Prior to that, and for some time after, the Carib and the Arawak Indian tribes inhabited the island. Over the course of the last 6 centuries six nations and one vassal state have governed the island. Spain, England, Netherlands, France, Denmark, the Knights of Malta (at the time a vassal state of the Kingdom of Sicily), ... read more
From the balcony at our rental house.
House Beach

North America » United States » Arizona » Gold Canyon January 20th 2019

Miner's Needle Loop: Sunday morning we had a good breakfast at the motel, then drove about 30 minutes to the Peralta Trailhead on the southern edge of the Superstition Mts. The Peralta Trailhead is reportedly the most popular in the area around Phoenix and when we arrived at the trailhead around 9:00 AM it certainly looked like it. There were at least 50 marked parking spaces in the lot, and I think we were lucky to get # 49. #50 was taken by the car behind us. And there were several overflow lots below the main lot that were almost full. We were sure we would have wall to wall people sharing our trail, but we were pleasantly surprised at how few people we saw. While we didn’t have it totally to ourselves, we did have ... read more
Peralta trailhead
Peralta Canyon
Peralta Canyon Panorama

North America » United States » Arizona » Bisbee January 18th 2019

Bisbee & the Coronado National Memorial: After finishing our hike at City of Rocks State Park, we drove about 3.5 hours to Bisbee, AZ, where we checked into the OK Street Jailhouse. The jailhouse has been transformed into a surprisingly comfortable B & B (though you have to cook your own breakfast). Built in 1804 as the county jail, it was part of the prison system until 1915 when a larger facility was needed. It is believed to have once been owned by John Wayne. In fact, there's a life-size cardboard photo of John Wayne in the corner which took us by surprise every time we looked in that direction! The former drunk tank is now a living room, kitchen, and half bath. Upstairs where the serious offenders were housed is now a large bedroom and ... read more
From Joe's Canyon trail
Another from Joe's Canyon trail
From Joe's Canyon trail

North America » United States » New Mexico » Deming January 17th 2019

We flew into El Paso on Wednesday, January 16th, and drove to Deming, NM, where we spent the night. The next morning, we drove about 25 miles north to the City of Rocks State Park where we hiked the Table Mountain Trail and returned to the trailhead by way of a spur trail that took us through the middle of the collection of huge boulders that make up the “city of rocks.” The hike to the top of Table Mountain, which is really more a mesa than a mountain, took us to a neat high point that afforded a fantastic view of the surrounding countryside. We trekked back down the trail to the spur trail that took us through the area of boulders, marveling at how they came to be there in the middle of the ... read more
Table Mountain
Table Mountain
The City of Rocks

North America » United States » Vermont » Manchester October 15th 2018

Our planned hike for Vermont was along the AT to a ski area on nearby Bromley Mountain. However, as usual on this trip, it rained all day on Monday when we had planned to do the hike. Since it was our last day in Vermont, and we had about a 4.5 hour drive on Tuesday to get back to Portland for our flight home on Wednesday, we toughed out a couple of very wet and cold miles on the AT trail to Bromley Mt. Vermont has a trail, called the Long Trail, that goes from the southern border with Massachusetts to the northern border with Canada. The southern half of the Long Trail is shared with the Appalachian Trail until the AT turns east toward New Hampshire. So our hike on the AT in Vermont was ... read more
Color on the VT AT
Bridge on the AT
Bridge on the AT

North America » United States » New Hampshire » Hanover October 13th 2018

We spent Friday and Saturday nights in a pretty unique motel in Fairlee, VT, called the Fairlee Motel and Drive-In Movie. It is an old roadside motel with only 12 rooms, but they had been refurbished and were clean and very nicely furnished. The drive-in movie screen is right behind the motel and, when movies are shown, the guests can sit in their room and watch the movie through the picture window overlooking the parking area and the movie screen. Unfortunately for us, movies are not shown after the area schools start, so we didn’t get to see one while there. True to form, it rained pretty much all of Saturday morning when we had planned to hike to Smart’s Mt. near the Dartmouth Skiway outside of Lyme, New Hampshire. Instead, we unfurled umbrellas and hiked ... read more
On the AT in New Hampshire

North America » United States » Maine » Rangeley October 11th 2018

We arrived in Portland on a Wednesday, and the weather was very nice with highs in the 80’s for our drive to Rangeley, ME, and the Saddleback Inn. Unfortunately, on Thursday, the cold temperatures started, and the rains came in earnest, preventing us from doing any serious hiking. From then on, it seems like it rained every other day, and the temp did not get above 60 degrees for the rest of the trip. On Thursday it rained all day so didn't get to do the planned hike to Saddleback Mt. We did drive to a state park along the lake as well as to the trail head for the hike to Saddleback Mt, but it would have been a very wet slog to the top without much chance of any views with the foggy weather. ... read more
Loon Lodge
Rangeley Lake
Rangeley's claim to fame

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