Have made a few trips since my last post.
One trip to Death Valley National Park is one that exceeded all my expectations. To be honest my expectations weren't that high. After all it is the lowest and hottest place in North America. To say the least, it is an amazing place and a must see. Lots of color, variety, and interesting history. Allow a lot of time, it is a large place, and summer may not be the best time to visit. Camping can be interesting. Temperatures, winds and elevations within the park can be extreme.
Caddo Lake is another unique opportunity. Located in east Texas at Uncertain, Texas it is the only natural lake in Texas. The shallow lake and bayous are wonderful places for photography and wildlife.
My now regular winter trip to Utah for a "boys" ski trip to Alta, Solitude and Snow Basin included Sirocco, New Mexico for the bird sanctuaries, Coyote Buttes South, White Pocket way out in the boondocks and a solo trip to Horseshoe Canyon on the west side of the Canyonlands National Park for some world class rock art.