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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Everglades

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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Old Faithful

In between intermittent rain

Here’s someone else’s video of the blast

Grand Tetons

Yellowstone National Park

Added to my list in October 2003.

At one of the entrances to the Yellowstone National Park.

Flyfishing

Added to my list in September 2001

Michael had done quite a bit of flyfishing

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Black Hills

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http://www.sdgfp.info/parks/Regions/Custer/custersp.htm

Custer State Park in the Black Hills encompasses 71,000 acres of spectacular terrain and an abundance of wildlife. Within the park, you’ll discover a world of adventure!

Favorite outdoor activities include hiking 7,242-foot Harney Peak, mountain biking, horseback riding, rock climbing, fishing, chuckwagon suppers and jeep rides to see the bison.

The park boasts scenic drives such as the Needles Highway (SD 87), which twists and turns its way past towering rock formations and through narrow tunnels. At the end of one tunnel stands the Needles Eye, a granite spire with a slit only 3 to 4 feet wide but reaching 30 to 40 feet in the air.

Mount Rushmore

Here with Michael Butler

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Wild Bison

In the beautiful South Dakota Custer State Park, I got my chance to happen by a herd of wild bison.

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Horse Riding

Riding outside West Fairmount Parks Belmont Stables, in early spring 2005

Riding outside West Fairmount Park's Belmont Stables, in early spring 2005

It took me to leave rural northwest New Jersey, where I grew up, and to go to Philadelphia, where I went to college, to saddle up and actually develop a small knowledge base about Western-style horse riding.

I cleaned stalls and helped out Ike Johnstone at Belmont Stables, an historic West Fairmount Park building where Johnstone hosts the Bill Picket Riding Academy, through which he teachs anti-violence and communication to North Philadelphia kids. In exchange, Johnstone taught me some rudimentary riding skills.

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