Visit to Glacier National Park, Montana

Today’s photos are shared by my nephew and his wife, James and Heather. They celebrated their 10th Anniversary with a trip out west to Glacier National Park in Montana’s Rocky Mountains. Glacier National Park is a 1,583-sq.-mi. wilderness area with glacier-carved peaks and valleys running to the Canadian border. It’s crossed by the mountainous Going-to-the-Sun Road. Among more than 700 miles of hiking trails, it has a route to photogenic Hidden Lake. Other activities include backpacking, cycling and camping. Diverse wildlife ranges from mountain goats to grizzly bears

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Deer Family In Terri’s Backyard

My friend Terri lives in her home in Tennessee and often shares her photos of flowers and backyard visitors. Back in the spring, I shared Terri’s Spring Flowers. In May she shared her summer garden. Today she is sharing her deer family that occasionally comes to visit. She said she hadn’t seen them in a while and was so happy all three came. Terri puts out feed for birds, squirrels, and deer. Her home backs up to woods. Right now Terri is worrying about the deer as hunting season is starting soon. She’d love to hide the deer.

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

My nephew Robert and his wife celebrate their anniversay each fall with a trip to northern Michigan.

Photos courtesy of Lisa Murphy.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, America’s First National Lakeshore

Unlike any other place on Lake Superior, Pictured Rocks offers the opportunity to explore miles of pristine beaches, hike nearly 100 miles of trails, view towering sandstone cliffs, and experience the serenity of northern woodlands.



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Fall in Michigan

Photos taken by Lisa Marinelli Murphy


Recently my nephew Robert and his new bride Lisa spent a week seeing the autumn colors in northern Michigan. First they traveled to Traverse City, Michigan and visited areas of interest. Then they drove south on the Michigan west coast and explored the beauty of South Haven. Lisa graciously shared her photos with me of their explorations. Read More

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an American national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site that straddles the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a division of the larger Appalachian Mountain chain.  Great Smoky Mountains National Park


When I was 5 years old, my family moved from Mobile, Alabama on the Gulf of Mexico to the mountains of east Tennessee. I was so excited to see mountains. If you have driven through Alabama, you know land around the Gulf is very flat.  I was used to beaches and water not mountains and forests.  That first visit to the Smokies is burned into my memory. My brother and I hung our heads out of the car windows with our mouths open.  We wanted to “taste” clouds as we drove in the mist up to the top of mountains. I returned to the park many times throughout my childhood and into my young adult years.  I love living in Florida now, but my heart beats faster every time I drive the interstate up to Tennessee and see the mountains. Today let’s visit the most visited national park in the United States, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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