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59 national parks

Cheers to the Switchback Kids

Cheers to the Switchback Kids

In July 2014 we received an email from a young man named Cole Donelson.   He said that he and his wife Elizabeth were planning a year long trip to all 59 of the National Parks.  He expressed a bit of surprise that someone was already on such a journey–especially someone from their hometown of Kansas City.  He asked us if we would like to meet them to share a few ideas.  We agreed, but were a bit skeptical.  We had already been traveling the National Parks for three months.  We learned quickly how challenging the travel was and how expensive such a trip is.  We were also aware of a dozen or so people that had attempted to do such a trip and had flamed out along the way.  We first met Cole and Elizabeth at a coffee shop in Parkville, Missouri. Continue reading

Lydia Mesa Arch View

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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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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59 national parks

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

59 national parks

A Little Email Inspiration

 

A Little Email Inspiration

It’s true, we get a lot of inspiration from nature and from the photographs we take like the one below.  We get just as much inspiration from the people we meet–both in person and via social media.  We hear from people all of the time through the contact form on this site.  Below you can read what our new friend Lydia wrote to us recently.  We really got a charge out of her emails. Continue reading

The Mt. Rushmore of Social Media

Mt. Rushmore | 59 National Parks

THE MEMORY
As a child, I have many memories of going to Mt. Rushmore every Sunday for breakfast. My Step-Dad would take my mother and I in his 1976 Buick LeSabre Coupe. We drove from Rapid City and through the beautiful Black Hills to get to Keystone, SD at the base of Mt. Rushmore. The drive itself was fun and exciting, mostly because my Step-Dad would pretend we were in the Cannonball Run. The journey to Mt. Rushmore was half the fun. We would pass The Reptile Gardens and many other Tourist “TRAPS”. Continue reading