On April 29, 2016 I launched a 3-year journey to visit all 411 National Park Service sites. That number has since grown to 419,* and I'm planning to finish on April 29, 2019 three years to the minute this road trip began at the Washington Monument.
While this journey has been an attempt to be the sole person to visit all NPS sites in one continuous journey, it has not been a solo project. There is no way I'd be two months and 29 sites from finishing this odyssey were it not for the thousands of people around the world who joined this journey in some way. By sharing park tips via my Facebook page, providing a place to stay or warm meal during trying times on the road, donating to the project's expenses, or Liking and Sharing posts on social media that allowed the parks and the messages of this road trip to reach further.
So to celebrate this "WE" moment, I'm inviting you to join me for the Finale of this journey. Details are below, or in this Facebook event. Due to the Monday timing of April 29, I invite you to make it a weekend in Washington DC. Exploring the 23 NPS sites in America's capital and the numerous in surrounding states.
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Monday April 29
10:00am - Meeting Time at the Washington Monument Lodge (the gift shop/bathrooms on the East Side of the Monument)
10:30am - Prepare for 11am departure from the Washington Monument by walking to the Monument's base
10:59am - Everyone puts their hand on the Washington Monument (pending construction ending) where I started this journey at 11am on April 29, 2016.
11am - Begin the walk as a group to The Lincoln Memorial, my final site! We'll ascend the steps together and look back at the Washington Monument from the same spot MLK Jr. gave his "I Have A Dream" speech and under the gaze of a President known for civil rights (and my Nebraska hometown's name). Then this 3-year journey to all 56 states and territories will be complete!
- Mikah will remain on site for media interviews immediately following the completion
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*Parks number may change due to recent pending legislation.