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© 2019 by Mark Konold

Analysis, articles, and reflections spanning my interests, life, and work.

August 15, 2016

Another National Park in the books: The Great Smoky Mountains!

Ray Ray and I just returned from a wedding road trip in North Carolina. The proximity to the national park straddling the North Carolina/Tennessee border was too great a temptation to pass up. Unlike visits to National Parks in the past w...

June 14, 2016

It’s clear I’m not getting to as many entries this year as I’d like. It has more to do with a lack of time than material. As ever, we live in increasingly complex and interesting times and with the current general election season, there is no shortage of things to be concerned about.

However, I am ma...

July 15, 2011

More travels and another National Park checked off the list.

This week Ray Ray and I visited Mt. Rainier in the evergreen state of Washington. We are on a Northwest swing visiting family and despite not having the usual 2-to-3 days we prefer to fully visit a park, we made due with only one.

Since it’s...

November 1, 2010

Just a quick entry to mark our first trip to Shenandoah National Park. It wasn’t much of a visit, just a quick day driving around and picking off a short hike or two. Pictures can be found in the usual National Parks corner of the gallery. The great thing is, given our proximity, we’ll likely be bac...

July 5, 2010

For Christmas Ray Ray gave me a coupon to tour three national parks in the West/Northwestern part of the country: Glacier, Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. I’m still relatively new to that corner of the country, save a few visits to see mom and dad in the Seattle area since they moved there in 2007...

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