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Photos: Top moments from 2019

Riding the trails of Montana de Oro State Park near Morro Bay on the Central California coast (John Nelson)
Riding the trails of Montana de Oro State Park near Morro Bay on the Central California coast (John Nelson)

We traveled coast-to-coast in 2019. Here are some of our favorite moments.

Hidden Arch, Moab, Utah

Hiking Arches National Park in early February. 


Aspen Highlands, Olympia Bowl

Skiing at Aspen Highlands, Colo., in February.



RV, Angel Fire, N.M.

A spectacular sunset at Angel Fire resort in New Mexico.


White Sands, N.M.

Hiking White Sands National Monument in New Mexico in March.


Big Bend National Park, Texas

Big Bend National Park in March, a perfect place for a late winter hike.


Willie Nelson, Luck Reunion

Luck Reunion near Austin, Texas, in March, headlined by Willie Nelson.


Grand Isle, Louisiana

Cooking dinner at Grand Isle State Park in Louisiana, late March.


Sunset on the Gulf Coast, near Gulf Shores, Ala., in early April.

Sunset on the Gulf Coast near Gulf Shores, Ala., in early April.


April Storm, Pensacola

A late winter storm comes ashore on the Gulf Coast of Florida near Pensacola.


Dollywood, Tennessee

Dollywood. Tenn., in early April. 


Wright Brothers Memorial, North Carolina

Wright Brothers Memorial near Kitty Hawk, N.C., in April.


Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park in late April.


Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park in early May.


Glacier National Park

Cycling the Going to the Sun Highway in Glacier National Park in May.


Salmon fishing, Powell River, B.C.

Leslie catches a Chinook salmon near Powell River, British Columbia in July.


Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park in July.


Cape Disappointment State Park

Cape Disappointment State Park near Long  Beach, Wash., in September.


Oregon Coast, Cape Blanco

Hiking the Oregon Coast Trail near Cape Blanco in October.


Redwood National Park

Redwoods National Park in October.


Sonoma Wine

Touring the vineyards of Sonoma, Calif., in November.


Yosemite Falls Trail

Hiking the Yosemite Falls Trail in Yosemite National Park in November.


Carpenteria, California

Sunset at Carpenteria, California in December.


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John Nelson
John Nelson is a freelance writer.