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59 national parks

Isn’t That Wonderful?

Isn’t That Wonderful?

In many ways, the #Arch2Arch adventure with Jeff Howell (@MissouriHowell on Twitter) was much like our 59 National Park journey.  We saw a number of incredible things in a short period of time. We went to the top of an Arch.  We turned and burned from one camp site to another.  We met a number of terrific people from the Director of Wyoming State Parks to an amazing Custer, South Dakota family to a friendly couple that managed a campground.  We saw a grizzly bear munching on a bison in the Yellowstone River.  We made a number of unscheduled stops at fascinating and scenic places.  Isn’t that wonderful? Continue reading

The Big Island’s Other National Parks

Father’s, I mean Editor’s Note:

When we first arrived at Hawaii’s Big Island  (I prefer to call it by its name Hawaii but that seems to cause confusion) we visited all three of the National Park sites on the west coast.  They are:  Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, and Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site.  That’s a mouthful, right?  Our son Andy and his wife visited the Big Island last year.  Andy  inspired us to visit each of these Parks.  I think you will enjoy his account of his visit. Continue reading

59 national parks

National Park Service Units Travelogue

In our travels we are not just visiting National Parks.  We are also stopping at other Park Service Units as time, proximity and budget allows.  Several readers have asked us if we have a timeline.  We offer this as a snapshot of all of the units we have visited in chronological order.  We also have included U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Monuments that we have visited.  We will update this weekly.  Also, it will appear in the “Popular Posts” section so it will always be on the Homepage.  Over time, we will add one photo for each unit as well as a brief description. Continue reading

59 national parks

Every American Should See Fort Sumter

If you Google “20 Places Every American Should See”, you will get a number of responses. Fodor’s suggests Disney Word, the French Quarter and Times Square for example.   Yahoo Travel lists Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, South Beach and the National Mall among others.  I believe the Fox Travel article contains more “Americana” destinations such as Yellowstone National Park,  Pearl Harbor, and Gettysburg National Military Park.  I prefer the Fox list as it discusses places indicative of historical, cultural and American values with less emphasis on pop culture.  None of the lists had Fort Sumter–a place I believe would benefit and move any anyone that visits this Civil War iconic site. Continue reading