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November 19, 2017

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As much as I talk about sharing that “the National Park System is not just the Grand Canyon,” I sort of have to eat my words. Not that I don’t still wholeheartedly believe in that statement, but because, once again, the Grand Canyon has provided one of my most special national park experience.

It was in the Grand Canyon in 2012 that I had my f...

September 27, 2016

Unit #45 / 413 - Appalachian National Scenic Trail 

It's almost by quirk of fortune that while driving through Maine this became my 45th National Park Service site.

- It isn't listed as one of Maine's park sites.

- There's no Passport to Your National Parks stamp within 427 miles.

- And there's not a NPS Visitor Center for it anywhere in the state.

Yet there I found myself, hiking to the summit of Mou...

July 25, 2016

Unit # 22 / 412 - Apostle Islands National Lakeshore:

Did you know if Lake Superior was drained it could cover the entire lower 48 United States in three feet of water?

Or that it's also the world's largest freshwater lake?

It makes it all the more impressive that shooting out the top of Wisconsin, 23 islands staked their claim as floating land oases.

Well, it used to be 23.

Mother Nature had her way...

July 14, 2016

Unit #18 / 412 - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

We saw lots of sleeping animals on the side of the road on the way to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Sleeping dear.

Sleeping raccoons.

Sleeping possums.

When we arrived, and didn't see any bears, we thought perhaps this park was named after a similarly sleeping bear.

However, despite our road trippin' theories developed while listening to...

July 3, 2016

Unit #12 / 412 - Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

I never knew it was so dangerous.

For the past four years I've hiked the Billy Goat Trail with dates, friends, out-of-town visitors, and even students from my boarding school job. The trail is one of the most popular attractions of Great Falls National Park, part of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, and includes no...

May 16, 2016

Unit #7  / 412 - Greenbelt Park

It rained for a record 15 consecutive days in Washington D.C. from April 27 - May 11. It rained so much that I would wake up and just assume the day would be gray and dreary. It rained so much that I wondered why my trip's launch had to start on April 29.

Which is why my sunny day spent at Greenbelt Park in suburban Washington D.C. was extra resplendent. When you've b...

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