Tuesday Quiz: U.S. Geograpahy Bunker

This week’s quiz is a tough one – you must answer a series of 15 questions about the United States in four minutes. One wrong answer ends the quiz.

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The Top of Texas: Guadalupe Mountains National Park 

​Over 200 million years ago, the Guadalupe Mountains were a marine reef under a tropical sea. When the sea evaporated, the Capitan Reef was buried in sediments and mineral salts. Later, an uplift created the mountains that today tower above the Chihuahuan Desert. These mountains include Guadalupe Peak, which at 8,751 feet tall is the “top” or highest point in Texas. We spent five days exploring this remote place.

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Tuesday Quiz: Travel and Leisure National Parks Test

We are arriving in Hot Springs National Park, and here’s another U.S. National Parks quiz to determine how well you know our parks.

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An Underground Journey: Carlsbad Caverns National Park

​Carlsbad Caverns, located in the Chihuahuan Desert in New Mexico’s Guadalupe Mountains, is the first of three “cave” national parks we plan to visit on our TTP NPS journey (the other two parks are Mammoth Cave in Kentucky and Wind Cave in South Dakota). Those two parks require tours to enter their caves. But Carlsbad is unique because we could journey underground to parts of the cave on our own.

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Of Sand and Snow: Great Sand Dunes National Park 

When we researched national parks to include on our Trekking the Planet NPS journey, we were surprised to discover sand dunes in the middle of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Great Sand Dunes contains the highest dune in North America, Star Dune (at 755 feet). The park lies at an elevation of 8,000 feet, so we were concerned that visiting in late March could be tricky. But little did we know that we would not only be seeing sand dunes, but experiencing snow.

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Tuesday Quiz: Rivers of the United States

We are now in Big Bend National Park, viewing the Rio Grande River from several places throughout the park. This week’s Tuesday Quiz is all about the Rio Grande and other rivers of the United States.

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National Park Panoramic Photos – Series 1

Here are some panoramic photos that we took of the first five parks we visited. Click on any of the pictures for a larger view. Enjoy!

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Nature’s Windows: Arches National Park

Arches National Park is home to over 2,000 arches etched in Entrada sandstone. It also has the highest density of natural stone arches in the world. We had been to Arches 21 years ago when our daughters were 2 and 5. Because of their ages, we didn’t do much hiking, so our goal this time was to do just that.

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Tuesday Quiz: U.S. National Parks Map

This week we will visit our tenth national park of our journey! Our Tuesday Quiz tests your map knowledge of the U.S. National Parks. You will have four minutes to correctly identify the location of 24 of the 59 U.S. National Parks.

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Where the Colorado and Green Rivers Meet: Canyonlands National Park

The Colorado River is a major waterway of the western U.S. It is 1,450 miles long and flows through five states. The Green River is the Colorado River’s chief tributary. Beginning in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming, the Green meets the Colorado in Canyonlands National Park. We spent three days exploring the park, including a hike to the confluence of these two rivers.

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Tuesday Quiz: Find the Adjacent U.S. State

During our Trekking the Planet NPS journey, we will be traveling through over 30 states! How well do you know what state is adjacent to others in the United States?

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A Walk on the Wild Side: Petrified Forest National Park

Athough petrified wood can be found in all 50 U.S. States, Petrified Forest National Park has some of the highest concentrations in the world. We spent two days exploring this park as well as taking two overnight backpacking trips in the north and south wilderness areas.

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