August 15, 2011 by Darlene McC
Visit every National Park
About 8 months ago the hubster and I were talking about our experiences in National Parks; how Yosemite affected him deeply and how I often feel a longing to return to Joshua Tree. We’re both thankful that some forward-thinking fellows along the last century realized that if they didn’t protect the most beautiful natural places on our continent some moron would slap a luxury hotel on them (Niagara Falls anyone?). Being in these places makes us better. I feel myself listening more closely and I walk more carefully. My mind calms and my thoughts come in waves instead of overwhelming floods. I want to see more.
So we decided.
In our lifetime, my partner and I will journey to every National Park.
There are 58 official protected sites the park service refers to as National Parks, so to complete this before one or both of us is too worn down to really enjoy it we’ll want to average two parks a year. Some will be big challenges; Gates to the Arctic has no visitors facilities and is nearest to the arctic circle making camping less than comfortable ~ there’s a lot of wilderness up there to get hurt in. Dry Tortugas is remote and much of it protected, but it shouldn’t be so inaccessible that a day trip is impossible. Also, while it’s not a huge challenge I’m looking forward to the Hawaiian Volcanes park a lot.
Grand Canyon was supposed to be first, but that trip was delayed; so last week National Park #1 became Acadia, Maine. I’ve got a nice long traveler’s post coming up soon…