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February 13, 2017

National parks #101 - #115 of 417 

#101 - Fort Sumter National Monument
#102 - Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
#103 - Reconstruction Era National Monument *just named on January 12th, 2017*
#104 - Fort Pulaski National Monument
#105 - Fort Frederica National Monument
#106 - Cumberland Island National Seashore
#107 - Fort Caroline National Memorial
#108 - Timucuan Ecological & Historic Prese...

December 31, 2016

*Updated on 1/30/2017*

Parks #95 - 100 of 417 national parks 

#95 - Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site

#96 - Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac

#97 - Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial

#98 - Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

#99 - World War 1 Memorial in Pershing Park

#100 – The White House/President’s Park

"What park number is this?" people would ask.



December 30, 2016

Units #89 – 94 of 413 89 - San Juan National Historic Site 90 - Buck Island Reef National Monument 91 - Christiansted National Historic Site 92 - Salt River Bay National Historical Park & Ecological Preserve 93 - Virgin Islands National Park 94 - Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument

December 17, 2016

I need to begin this blog with an apology for the longer than normal time between posts. What had been an almost daily interaction has been longer than I’ve wanted, but as I’ll explain below, some major things changed in the past month.

Units 68 – 88

68 - Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River
69 - Steamtown National Historic Site
70 - Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
71 - Middle De...

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 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,...

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