Charlie and Janice Ashton


Welcome to our website! One day we might have the time and the patience to maintain a real blog, but in the meantime this is where we share photos of some of our trips, while bragging a little about some of the mountains we've climbed.

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Some of our recent trips

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Charlie's April-May 2024 hike on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia

April 2024 trip to Waco Mammoth National Monument, Texas, to see the total solar eclipse.  March 2024 trip to Death Valley National Park
Christmas 2023 trip to Chichén Itzá in Mexico. November 2023 trip to Big Bend National Park for our twentieth wedding anniversary
April 2023 trip to Antelope Canyon, Arizona. November 2022 trip to Big Bend National Park for our nineteenth wedding anniversary
September 2022 trip to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. July 2022 trip to Monument Valley.
In late May and early June 2022, Charlie hiked the 150-mile Tabeguache Trail in Western Colorado. December 2021 trip to Virgin Islands National Park, completing our goal of visiting all 63 US National Parks 
November 2021 trip to Big Bend National Park for our eighteenth wedding anniversary. September 2021 trip to New River Gorge National Park.
May 2021 trip to Acadia National Park. April 2021 trip to Petrified Forest National Park.
March 2021 trip to Arches National Park. November 2020 trip to Big Bend National Park for our seventeenth wedding anniversary
September 2020 trip to Gates of the Arctic and Kobuk Valley National Parks. August 2020 trip to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Jackson Lake
In June 2020, Charlie hiked 160 miles of the Oregon Trail in South-Central Wyoming. December 2019 trip to Congaree National Park. Congaree
La Linda bridge, Big Bend November 2019 trip to Big Bend National Park for our sixteenth wedding anniversary. September 2019 trip to Indiana Dunes, Cuyahoga Valley and Gateway Arch National Parks.
The Appalachian Trail in Virginia In April and May 2019, Charlie hiked 567 miles (25%) of the Appalachian Trail. December 2018 trip to the Grand Canyon.
November 2018 trip to Big Bend National Park for our fifteenth wedding anniversary. August 2018 trip to American Samoa.
Akaka Falls August 2018 trip to Hawaii. July 2018 trip to Hot Springs and Mammoth Cave National Parks. Bathhouse at Hot Springs National Park
Saguaro National Park December 2017 trip to Saguaro National Park. November 2017 trip to Big Bend National Park for our fourteenth wedding anniversary. Janice on the boat to Boquillas, Mexico
Crater Lake August 2017 trip to the Pacific Northwest. August 2017 trip to Idaho to see the total solar eclipse. Solar Eclipse on August 21st
July 2017 trip to Channel Islands National Park and the USS Midway. July 2017 trip to Capulin Volcano National Monument. Capulin Volcano
Big Kiva at Bandelier National Monument May 2017 trip to Bandelier National Monument. December 2016 trip to Joshua Tree National Park. Joshua Tree National Park
California Zephyr train December 2016 trip from our home in Grand Junction to Denver, through the Rockies on the California Zephyr train. November 2016 trip to Big Bend National Park for our thirteenth wedding anniversary. Quarai Ruins at Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
A bristlecone pine tree at Great Basin National Park September 2016 trip to Great Basin National Park. August 2016 trip to Hanging Lake and Mount Bross. Charlie on the summit of Mount Bross, 14,172'
Mount Denali July 2016 trip to Alaska. May 2016 trip to Rainbow Bridge National Monument. Rainbow Bridge National Monument
Fort Jefferson at Dry Tortugas National Park April 2016 trip to Big Cypress, Biscayne, Dry Tortugas and Everglades National Parks. November 2015 trip to Big Bend National Park for our twelfth wedding anniversary. El Morro National Monument, New Mexico
On the summit of Quandary Peak, 14,265' September 2015 trip to Quandary Peak. September 2015 trip to Isle Royale and Voyageurs National Parks. Isle Royale coastline
Engineer Mountain above treeline August 2015 trip to Durango. July 2015 trip to Cedar Breaks National Monument. Cedar Breaks
Angels Landing at Zion National Park May 2015 trip to Zion National Park. April 2015 trip trip to the Cayman Islands to celebrate our friend Donna's birthday. Sunset cruise off Grand Cayman
Burro Mesa Pour-Off at Big Bend National Park November 2014 trip to Big Bend National Park for our eleventh wedding anniversary. August 2014 trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina
On the summit of Hawksbill Mountain in Shenandoah National Park August 2014 trip to Shenandoah National Park. July 2014 trip for Charlie to climb Mount Lincoln and Mount Democrat Charlie on the summit of Mount Lincoln (14,286')
Black Canyon of the Gunnison June 2014 trip to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. May 2014 trip to Capitol Reef National Park and Natural Bridges National Monument. Capitol Dome gives Capitol Reef its name
Canyonlands National Park February 2014 trip to Canyonlands National Park. January 2014 hike up Mount Garfield, close to our new home in Grand Junction On the summit of Mount Garfield
Entrance Camp on the Rio Grande November 2013 trip to Big Bend National Park for our tenth wedding anniversary. August 2013 trip to Pinnacles National Monument. Janice on the High Peaks trail at Pinnacles
Janice on the summit of Brokeoff Mountain, with Lassen Peak in the background August 2013 trip to Lassen National Park. August 2013 trip to Guadalupe Mountains, Carlsbad Caverns and Dinosaur National Monument. Guadalupe Peak
Big Thicket National Preserve May 2013 trip to Big Thicket National Preserve. February 2013 trip to Colorado National Monument. Liberty Cap, Colorado National Monument
Caprock Canyons State Park, Texas November 2012 trip to Copper Breaks and Caprock Canyons State Parks. November 2012 trip to Big Bend National Park for our ninth wedding anniversary. Abandoned Model T Ford in the desert at Big Bend
The Badlands August 2012 trip to North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Charlie's July 2012 trip to Canyonlands, Arches and Great Basin National Parks. Druid Arch in Canyonlands National Park
Bastrop State Park April 2012 trip to Bastrop State Park. April 2012 trip to Colorado National Monument. Model T Ford in the desert at Big Bend
Sunset Crater in Arizona February 2012 trip to Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monument. November 2011 trip to Big Bend National Park for our eighth wedding anniversary. Petrified wood in Big Bend National Park.
Grand Teton seen from Hurricane Pass. September 2011 trip to Grand Teton National Park. September 2011 trip to Yellowstone National Park. This bison walked right by our car
Waterton Lake August 2011 trip to Glacier National Park. Charlie's April 2011 hike around Lake Georgetown, Texas on the Goodwater Trail (all in one day). Lake Georgetown from the Goodwater Trail
View from Clingmans Dome. April 2011 trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. November 2010 trip to Big Bend National Park for our seventh anniversary and for Charlie to hike Elephant Tusk trail again. Elephant Tusk at Big Bend
At the South Rim trailhead after hiking from the North Rim. September 2010 trip when we hiked both ways across the Grand Canyon. July 2010 trip to Pike's Peak. Sunrise at 13,000' on the East Face of Pike's Peak
Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon April 2010 trip to Bryce Canyon National Park. February 2010 trip to Big Bend National Park for Charlie to hike Elephant Tusk trail (which he only just survived). Elephant Tusk viewed from the South Rim of the Chisos Mountains
The Rio Grande from the rim of Boquillas Canyon, at the end of the Marufo Vega trail November 2009 trip to Big Bend National Park for our sixth wedding anniversary. Charlie's November 2009 trip to the Guadalupe Mountains and Franklin Mountains. McKittrick Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains National Park
The bear we met on the Mist Falls trail August 2009 trip to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. July 2009 trip to Big Bend National Park for the Independence Day holiday. A tramway tower (in use 1909 - 1919) on the Ore Terminal trail
The Colorado River near Phantom Ranch December 2008 trip to the Grand Canyon.

November 2008 trip to Big Bend National Park for our fifth wedding anniversary.

Our wedding spot on the south rim of the Chisos Mountains
Landscape Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

September 2008 trip to New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah,

In July 2008 Charlie climbed Telescope Peak in Death Valley.

Telescope Peak, Death Valley, California, 11,049'
The Capitol, Washington DC

May 2008 trip to Washington DC.

April 2008 trip to Redwood National Park.

Tall Trees Grove, Redwood National Park, California
Dodson Trail, Big Bend, Texas

March 2008 trip to Big Bend National Park.

September 2007 trip to Spain.

Peniscola, Spain

Starr Pass hiking trail, Tuscon

May 2007 trip to Tucson.

April 2007 trip to Death Valley National Park.

Badwater, Death Valley, California

Special occasions that we'll never forget

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The Window, Big Bend National Park

Our wedding in Big Bend National Park.

We went to Mount Rainier in Washington.

Mount Rainier, Washington
Kala Pattar, Nepal, 18,373', Mount Everest in the Background

In 2000 Charlie went to the south side of Mount Everest, in Nepal.

In 2006 Charlie went back to Mount Everest, this time to the north side in Tibet.

North face of Everest, from Base Camp at 16,900'
Half Dome, Yosemite, California, 8,842'

We climbed Half Dome in Yosemite.

We climbed Mount Elbert in Colorado.

Mount Elbert, Colorado, 14,433'
Mount Whitney, California, 14,498'

Charlie climbed Mount Whitney in California.

Charlie survived the "trough" on Longs Peak in Colorado.

Lomgs Peak, Colorado, 14,255'
The south rim of the Chisos Mountains at sunrise

Charlie and Jason hiked the Outer Loop trail at Big Bend National Park (in a single very long day).

Charlie climbed Mount Massive in Colorado.

Mount Massive, Colorado, 14,421'

Last updated: 05/03/24 10:13 AM by Charlie Ashton