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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Dear Bob and Sue by Matt and Karen Smith

Dear Bob and Sue is definitely one of my favorite books this year! Matt and Karen quit their jobs and spent 2010-2012 visiting all 59 National Park’s in the United States.

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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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Great Smoky Mountains NP: Andrews Bald

Andrews Bald is the highest grass bald in Great Smoky Mountains National Park residing at 5,800 feet on the North Carolina side. To reach Andrews Bald we followed the Forney Ridge Trail for 1.8 miles. The trail-head is reached via the Clingmans Dome parking lot. The trail has a unique drainage system – and therefore…

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Great Smoky Mountains NP: Clingmans Dome

Clingmans Dome is the highest point in Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee, and on the Appalachian Trail. It is also the third highest mountain east of the Mississippi River. Th Observation Tower was built to boost visitors above tree line in order to enjoy the views spanning a hundred miles in all directions when…

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Great Smoky Mountains NP: Cades Cove

Cades Cove is a valley located near the Townsend entrance of Great Smoky Mountain National Park on the Tennessee side. There is a campground and an 11 mile scenic drive. I love that the road is one way and has a bunch of pull offs on either side so you can stop and look at…

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National Geographic Guide to National Parks of The United States, Eighth Edition

Shawn bought me the eighth edition of National Geographic’s Guide to National Parks of The United States last year for my birthday 😀 He knows me well. I love just about anything National Geographic, especially when it’s about our National Parks. This guide is one of my favorites. It covers all 59 National Parks discussing…

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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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