Assateague Island National Seashore


Assateague National Park on this 37-mile barrier island south of Ocean City, Maryland is famed for its 300 wild horses, managed by a contraceptive darting program. Here is one at the park entrance

Couchsurfing in St. Louis

Due in Columbia at the University of Missouri for an invite-only journalism roundtable starting Sunday evening, I took the opportunity to fly into St. Louis a day early to explore the Gateway to the West.

I’m sure glad I did.

I arrived Saturday afternoon and was met by my couchsurfing host Alan (read about couchsurfing and my first experience with it a few years ago here). That started a night and a Sunday morning exploring what was the country’s fourth largest city a century ago. Facebook photos here.

Let me share a quick itinerary of the cool things I got to do and see:

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Yosemite National Park

Overlooking a canyon in Yosemite National Park in California.

Overlooking a canyon in Yosemite National Park in California.

Smoky Mountains

During our road trip to the Smoky Mountains, Nashville and a stop in Kentucky.

Check out some home-style video of the trip below.

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Just after hopping on a fan boat for the first time in my life, I crossed another item off my list that could only rightly be done in Florida – visiting the Everglades.

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Grand Tetons

Yellowstone National Park

Added to my list in October 2003.

At one of the entrances to the Yellowstone National Park.

Mount Rushmore

Here with Michael Butler