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Lydia’s National Park Road Trip

 

Editor’s Note:  We’ve met so many terrific people in person and via social media that love the National Parks as much as we do.  Those who enjoy taking road trips to many National Parks at a time (like us) we’ve come to refer to as #ParkNuts.  Our young friend Lydia is one of the nuttiest.  She is also one of the best.  We think you will enjoy her account of her most recent National Park adventure.

 Lydia’s National Park Road Trip

Hello all,

My name is Lydia and I connected with Don and Shelly (my national park enthusiast idols) last fall before I made a trip to visit some national parks. Similar to Don and Shelly, it is my goal to visit all 59 national parks. Although I absolutely wish I could visit them all in a 59-week time frame, for now my goal is to reach them all by the time I am 30 (7+ years to go!). I If you read their post of our email correspondence last September, you will see how kind and wonderful their response to my original email was. Their advice for each park was so helpful I still cannot express enough gratitude. If you are planning a trip to any of the national parks we discussed I highly recommend taking a look at their suggestions. Seeing as I didn’t get to go to everywhere I had planned, but did end up adding some more fun national parks to my itinerary, I am going to share my adventure with you and some useful tips I learned along the way. Hopefully this will inspire you to get out and visit these awesome parks! Continue reading

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Foreword To Our Upcoming Book

Foreword

My heart ached as Shelly slowly backed up the stairs to the bedroom.  Her pain was palpable.  A few tears trickled down her cheek.  She had just arrived home from her seventh knee surgery.  This one was different though.  At age forty-six she required a partial knee replacement.  Her doctor was reluctant to do it because of her age.  She had little choice.  When she walked she experienced bone-to-bone pain.  After several weeks of recovery and physical therapy she returned to work.  We all hoped that the worst of her knee problems were behind her. Continue reading

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Bennett Spring With The Howells

 Bennett Spring With The Howells

Two weeks ago Jeff Howell (@MissouriHowell on Twitter) and I continued our deliberate quest to camp and hike at all fifty-three Missouri State Parks.  The weekend belonged to Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon.  This park, established in 1923, is renowned for its trout fishing in the spring-fed Niangua River.  We opted instead to explore its backcountry Ozark trails with an eight mile round trip march to and from the Natural Tunnel.  Incidentally,  our special guest was the intrepid Rex Howell also known as “Missouri Howell, Jr”. Continue reading

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7 Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures in Utah’s “Mighty Five”

Editor’s Note:  Our friends Elizabeth and Cole Donelson enjoy getting off-the-beaten-path at the National Parks.  We are proud to share their story about doing just that at Utah’s Mighty Five.  We are also proud of them for what they are accomplishing on their quest to see all 59 National Parks.  Enjoy.

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Notre Voyage Au Canada

Notre Voyage Au Canada

About three months of our 2017 adventure will be spent north of the border. When we leave North Cascades National Park, Washington we will head to Canada.   Between Shelly and I, we have been to Canada at least thirty times.  Heck we went to Canada three times during our 59 National Parks tour.  Still our incursions into Canada have always been around the edges—nothing in depth.  We knew that the country featured French fries with gravy and cheese curds. We noticed a dizzying array of taxes include the PST, GST and HST.  We were confused by the road signs which featured kilometers and French.  In spite of two brief trips to the Yukon and three Provinces we knew we had just scratched the surface of this beautiful country.

The Yukon

The Yukon

We vowed someday to correct our shallow approach.  This time we will get into the interior of the country on our Notre Voyage Au Canada.  Our trip will include several Canadian National Parks. Continue reading

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Our Next Adventure Begins

 

Our Next Adventure Begins

We have been challenged to update our blog.  The pressures of full time jobs coupled with the time required to write a book has moved blogging down on our priority list.  We miss it and will endeavor to update our site at least twice a month.  We have not neglected, however, our plans to launch a new adventure.  We are pleased to announce our future plans today. Continue reading

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Ten Terrific National Park Side Trips

 Ten Terrific National Park Side Trips

One benefit of visiting our National Parks is that they are almost always close to other terrific places.   We took full advantage of this fact on our 59 parks tour.  In planning this blog, we wrote down more than forty side trips we made.  Below we rank the ten most terrific National Park side trips we took. Continue reading