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October 24, 2016

Units #59 – 64 / 413 

- Adams National Historical Park

- Cape Cod National Seashore

- New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

- Roger Williams National Memorial

- Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park

- Springfield Armory National Historic Site 

“As I barreled down the interstate, hands tightly wrapped around the wheel, I noticed something other than the posted speed limits.

I was slo...

October 17, 2016

Units #56, 57 and 58 / 413

- Frederick Law Olmstead National Historic Site

- John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site

- Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site 

“Andy, can you quickly Google how tall Vanny is, please?” I asked while approaching a “Low-Clearance” warning on Boston’s Storrow Drive.

For years I have seen this meme on Facebook and inwardly chuckled. Having...

October 17, 2016

Unit #55 / 413 – Salem Maritime National Historic Site 

How does a building nation prove its worth versus the most powerful empire in the world?

It’s a question the early American colonialists had to answer often in their quest for independence and beyond.

One of the ways they did it was by establishing themselves as an economic force to be reckoned with. Through the utilization of America’s vast, un...

October 17, 2016

Unit # 54 / 413 – Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site 

Before this trip, I never truly understood the unique circumstances that brought colonialists to what is now the United States.

Sure I learned about the Pilgrims, the Puritans, the Anabaptists, etc. and remembered their names long enough for a multiple choice test, but I never really felt their stories the way I have on this trip.

Take, for...

October 9, 2016

Units #51, 52 & 53 / 413

- Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

- Boston African American National Historic Site

- Boston National Historical Park

One city with so much history.

Overflowing with exposed brick buildings, cobblestone streets, and New England charm from centuries of settlers, Boston provides a glimpse into the world that created America.

Prominent on that journey to the past is...

October 8, 2016

Unit #50 / 413 - Minute Man National Historical Park 

How often do we learn about Revolutionary War battles and the concept is difficult to comprehend compared to 21st-century tactics?

With historical sites often represented by fields of grass allowed to return to their natural state, like at Saratoga National Historical Park, it can be difficult to imagine the happenings of 18th-century America eve...

October 7, 2016

Unit #49 / 413 - Lowell National Historical Park 

After five months traveling around the Upper Midwest and Northeast United States, I've noticed 3 things you'll likely find in any American shopping mall:

An Auntie Anne's pretzel shop.

A Dairy Queen/Orange Julius.

And clothes made from every corner of the world.

In our age of "fast-fashion" and globalization, it's hard to imagine a time when clothes wer...

October 6, 2016

Unit #48 / 413 - Acadia National Park 

When you hear the title "National Monument," you probably think of a granite statue to some dead white guy.

So learning that the National Park Service currently has 84 National Monuments, you might be preparing to visit effigies of every middle school subject you ever studied.

But what if you stumbled upon these?

Would you think you made a wrong turn?

One of the p...

October 6, 2016

Unit #47 / 413 - Saint Croix Island International Historic Site 

Sometimes this 3+ year journey to all 413 national parks makes me feel like an explorer.

But then I learn about the people who lived in America thousands of years ago, or settled here from across oceans, or surveyed an unknown land, and I feel pretty comfortable given my GPS and van's cruise control.

Using those modern travel luxuries,...

October 6, 2016

Unit #46 / 413 - Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument 

14 Sept 2016 

Sitting out a shower after hiking to the top of Barnard Mt. I'm a local so I won't comment on the politics of the National Monument. It's done, and I'll look on the bright side. I'm not happy that I can no longer cruise the roads and explore every side turnoff; (used to hunt between Whetstone and Barnard Mt.). But maybe the...

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