Taryn and I made the five-hour drive from Dallas this past weekend to another national park I'd yet to visit -- Hot Springs. It's actually the closest national park to us, but it still took me more than a year to get to it. I may have just been saving the last one within reasonable driving distance.
Mountain Tower, which Taryn insisted we climb up rather than taking the handy elevator. Fortunately it's only 216 feet tall, and I've still got enough Colorado in my blood (and lungs and legs) to make that with no trouble. The mid-afternoon sun was still pretty high in the sky, so the light was fairly harsh. But the view back down to the town itself was still nice.
Bathhouse Row to check out the visitor center, we decided to hike out to Balanced Rock for sunset. Twilight was already starting to descend when we hit the trail.
More to come!