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National Parks

I watched a PBS special on Yellowstone National Park this afternoon. They showed some of the most beautiful waterfalls that you have to hike into. One of them even involves crossing the river, with no bridge to be found. The aerial shots, the geysers, the bison. The pure beauty of it all. I love it. We went three years ago, and I think it is time we went back. 

Then later on this afternoon, Rob mention that Glacier National Park should have Going to the Sun road open on the 13th of July, their latest opening ever. Plowing took longer than usual this year. Apparently there are waterfalls that aren’t even named because there are not normally waterfalls in those locations. I would love to see them. We were there last fall, but I imagine it looks very different right now. I would love to see all the wildflowers in bloom.

About 13 years ago I went to Arches National Park with some friends, and I have been itching to go back for the last several years. When I looked it up on a map to see how far away from us it is (about 812 miles in case you were curious) I noticed that there are many more parks around the same area. This got me thinking. Just how many National Parks are there anyway?

According to the National Parks Conservation Association, there are 393. I had no idea there were that many. Living right between Yellowstone and Glacier, those are the two parks we will visit most often, but I would love to see some new ones. What are the chances of making it to Acadia National Park in Maine or Denali National Park in Alaska? I don’t know, but I hope to visit as many National Parks as possible in my lifetime. I’m not sure exactly how yet, but where there’s a will…

4 thoughts on “National Parks

  1. Best get started Mariah. you have a lot of area to cover…. Waterfalls and water anywhere is so beautiful, such a fantastic part of nature’s picture.
    How lucky you are to live in an area where there are so many…

  2. I’m with you, Mariah, the National Parks are some of the most beautiful places to visit in our country. We would love to make it to Acadia also, and it was among our plans to visit during our trip back east, that is, until we decided to fly instead of drive. But, we will be seeing some of the most amazing sites in the east/south, so we’re not too upset. We’ve been to several national parks during our traveling years, and I know we will make it to several more before we’re through!

    • Too bad you won’t be able to go to Acadia. I am sure you will have a wonderful trip regardless. You have lots of traveling years left, and I know you will make the most of them. 🙂

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