Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Long story short: I’M A JUNIOR RANGER AT LINCOLN BOYHOOD NATIONAL MEMORIAL!!!!!  I’m not excited or anything… 😀 Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial is very history based, so I thought the best way to learn about the memorial was to do the Junior Ranger Activity book. In order to become a Junior Ranger you have to…

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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is unique because it is a patchwork of protected lands broken into sections by harbors, factories, towns, and the state park. The beaches it protects are very popular with sunbathers and families in the summer. The winter brings great views and draws smaller crowds. The patchworkness of the park (yes I…

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Shawn and I made a super quick trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park on March 31 – April 1 2018. I had never been before which is surprising because we live only 5.5 hours away (turns out its more like 7 because of construction traffic) and Shawn hadn’t been since he was little kid.…

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Saguaro National Park – Rincon Mountain District (East)

Saguaro National Park in southern Arizona is split into two districts by the city of Tuscon: Saguaro East – Rincon Mountain District and Saguaro West – Tucson Mountain District. I visited the Rincon Mountain District in 2014 while working at my internship in Phoenix. It was my first of many weekend day-trips to explore the…

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Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park, located in Kentucky, is the longest known cave in the world. There are over 400 miles that have been explored underground so far. Individuals started giving tours of the cave by candle light as early at 1816. Now many of the tours given by Park Rangers use electric light. Jess and…

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Cuyahoga Valley National Park

I was surprised to learn that there is a National Park in Ohio (apparently Ohio is actually really awesome place to go hiking, I just never knew it till this year). Jess and I planned a road-trip to visit her sister in New York and Cuyahoga Valley National Park was on the way (the interstate…

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park

It surprised even myself, but Theodore Roosevelt National Park is now one of my top five favorite National Parks and my number 1 favorite for viewing wildlife.

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Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park, located in northern Montana, was the first International Peace Park – Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park – and is an International Dark Sky Park. Visiting Glacier National Park has been at the top of my bucket list for a very long time now. I planned our entire 2017 two week road-trip around Glacier…

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park was the first National Park to be established. It amazes me that people in 1872 were concerned about preserving land for future generations to come. I visited Yellowstone National Park with my parents and grandparents back in 2005 and this year I decided it was time to visit again and focus more…

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Grand Teton National Park

I was awe struck when I first caught sight of the Grand Teton range from U.S. HWY 26. One instant I’m driving along looking at a forest of pine trees and the next I was looking at mountains so massive I literally thought I was seeing a mirage.

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