Aug 25th, the National Park Service is turning 100! For those that don’t know, their role is twofold – preserving the National Parks across the country and making them accessible to the public.
If you know me at all, you know that I love traveling. In fact, top on my bucket list is to travel to all 50 states – I’ve been to 32 – only 18 left to go! And a high point of that traveling is exploring nearby National Parks. I go with my family to slow down, relax and reconnect with myself. We have hiked to the bottom of the awesome Grand Canyon, twice. Hale’akala in Hawaii at sunrise never disappoints and Kenai Fjords in Alaska is breath taking. My husband Tim’s favorite National Park is Arches in Utah. But I’d have to say one of my favorites is Acadia National Park, in Maine – there’s just something hypnotic about the crashing waves, the singing, multi-colored rocks at Pebble Beach.
In celebration of 100 years, the National Park Service has started the Find Your Park movement at www.findyourpark.com. Through this site, you’ll be able to discover more about any of the 412 parks the National Park Service protects (only 58 of them are called “National Parks”, of which I’ve been blessed to visit 22 so far!). The movement’s goal is to inspire the next generation to love the outdoors as much as we do.
I encourage anyone to just get up and GO to a National Park! Take an impromptu vacation, those trips turn out better than the best laid plans anyway.
by Jeannie Tucker