13 Summers


Do you realize that between Kindergarten and College, we only have Thirteen Summers?  These are the memory-making years, the ages when our kids can travel with us and actually do stuff, this is our chance to teach them things outside of school that enhance their learning and independence, these are the summers that we need to make count.  We need to find the time, the money, and the motivation because there is no time for excuses.

 
13 Summers, 59 U.S National Parks… and Go!

Visited:   38                 Remaining:   21

United States National Parks

STATE

NATIONAL PARK

DATE VISITED

ALASKA Glacier Bay
Katmai
Kenai Fjords
Lake Clark
Wrangell, St. Elias
Denali
Kobuk Valley
Gates of the Arctic
AMERICAN SAMOA American Samoa
ARIZONA Saguaro

6/12/10

Petrified Forest

6/26/09

Grand Canyon

6/16/11

ARKANSAS Hot Springs
CALIFORNIA Joshua Tree

5/29/09

Channel Islands  8/3/13
Sequoia

6/1/09

Kings Canyon

6/2/09

Pinnacles  8/1/13
Yosemite

6/4/09

Lassen Volcanic

6/27/10

Redwood

7/24/10

CALIFORNIA/NEVADA Death Valley

3/29/12

COLORADO Mesa Verde
Great Sand Dunes
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Rocky Mountain
FLORIDA Dry Tortugas  12/22/15
Everglades  12/19/15
Biscayne  12/20/15
HAWAII Hawaii Volcanoes  8/14/13
Haleakala  8/12/13
KENTUCKY Mammoth Cave
MAINE Acadia
MICHIGAN Isle Royale  8/3/14
MINNESOTA Voyageurs  7/26/14
MONTANA Glacier

8/25/12

NEVADA Great Basin  8/12/15
NEW MEXICO Carlsbad Caverns

5/31/11

NORTH CAROLINA/TENNESSEE Great Smokey Mountains
NORTH DAKOTA Theodore Roosevelt

8/16/12

OHIO Cuyahoga Valley
OREGON Crater Lake

6/30/10

SOUTH CAROLINA Congaree
SOUTH DAKOTA Wind Cave

8/12/12

Badlands

8/14/12

TEXAS Big Bend

6/3/11

Guadalupe Mountains

6/1/11

UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS Virgin Islands
UTAH Zion  8/13/15
Bryce Canyon  8/17/15
Canyonlands  8/23/15
Capitol Reef  8/19/15
Arches  8/21/15
VIRGINIA Shenandoah
WASHINGTON Mount Rainier

7/8/10

Olympic

7/20/10

North Cascades

7/13/10

WYOMING Grand Teton

8/6/12

WYOMING/MONTANA/IDAHO Yellowstone

8/1/12

*Note – A drive through a park is not considered a visit. By exploring I mean we hiked, camped, cooked food, pee’d in the woods and got lost there. It means we went to the visitor centers and learned about the cultural and natural history of the park. It means we discovered something beautiful or cool in nature.  It means we laughed, loved, fought, and maybe had a meltdown there. It means we experienced something together, and we learned why this part of the country is appreciated and preserved, and why we should continue to protect it.

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