Happy Birthday NPS

August 25th is the official 100th Birthday of the National Parks. Here’s ~ Your Invitation   And visits are FREE again from August 25 through the 28th.

Happy Birthday NPS

Old Faithful (photo credit NPS Jim Peaco)

You may have noticed my love of the National Parks this year with posts and links to all things associated thus far. The parks have put forth a huge campaign to remind us of the last 100 years, and further, instill hope and love for the next 100. Due to the foresight of our ancestors, we have so many natural areas to enjoy. We have the recognizable grandeur of the Parks of Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and Glacier Bay for instance. We also have our countries’ history steeped in Battlefields, Historic Parks and Sites, Memorials and Monuments such as Gettysburg, Ford’s Theatre, and El Morro. Beauty also lies in the Preserves, Recreation Areas, Seashores, Lakeshores, Parkways, Rivers, and Scenic Trails. I get overwhelmed knowing where to start. But, like anything in life, ya just gotta start!

Happy Birthday NPS

Redwoods National Park (photo credit NPS)

I had no idea there were a total (at the time of this writing) 412 areas that are designated as “National.” See, you didn’t either, did you? 412 areas of the USA that are available to explore, camp in, hike on, drive through, learn about, fish in, ski on, climb around, spelunk under, and a bunch of other things I can’t even imagine.

Don’t limit yourself to thinking “bah; I don’t want to crawl along in line with 700 other cars.” There are National Parks all over. Go to the NPS.gov website and look at the map. There are 58 “top parks” and 354 “other parks.” I bet there is one within a short drive that you could visit on a weekend. By touring the website, I’ve added a LOT to my personal bucket water trough list.

Happy Birthday NPS

Natchez Trace Parkway (photo credit NPS)

Happy Birthday NPS

Crater Lake and Wizard Island (photo credit NPS)

For instance, one day’s drive will get me to Natchez National Historical Park, which leads into Natchez Trace Parkway. A 444-mile drive may take a bit longer than a weekend to manage, but the drive is “through exceptional scenery and 10,000 years of North American history” according to the NPS site. This sounds like it has my name written all over it!

Another park on my water trough list is Crater Lake. There is just something about the pics of that park that draw me like no other. The pristine mirrored lake surface and the lone island call to me. Someday, it will happen.

I’ve also been linking to all things National Parks via an app by Chimani. If you have a mobile device and are heading to the parks, you really should get this free app.   https://www.chimani.com/    I’ve linked to their website direct, and you can download for your operating system right from the front page.  This has a brief description of the individual park, directions, traffic, what to do, etc. They’ve also developed more in-depth separate apps on quite a few particular parks such as the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone. I love the information they provide…for FREE.

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So, Happy Birthday National Parks. Here’s to many more!

Thanks for reading!

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