I have been taking in the magnificence of the mini-series “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” via Netflix. It has inspired me to be thankful for the wonderful places I have seen and the great experiences I have had. I am thankful for John Muir, who pioneered the idea of conservation in his eloquent, descriptive writings and helped to form Theodore Roosevelt’s opinion on protecting the country’s gems. I am very thankful to my family and my step-father, who passed away this summer, for roadtripping with me to these magnificent spectacles as a young boy, and for instilling in me the fire to explore and seek out natural settings today.
Our gems require protection. Our past ecological mistakes require restoration!
I have visited:
Jewel Cave National Park SD Cave bacon!
Wind Cave National Park SD Boxwork!
Mount Rushmore National Monument SD Great Faces!
Rocky Mountain National Park CO Rocky.
Mammoth Cave National Park KY Huge, beautiful cave.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park NM Windy in New Mexico, beautiful cave
Great Sand Dunes National Park CO Very diverse area.
Yellowstone National Park WY, MT, ID Just awesome!
Devil’s Tower National Monument WY A giant bear totally didn’t claw the side of a mountain.
Grand Teton National Park WY Beautiful
Craters of the Moon National Monument ID Beyond this world cool!
Dinosaur National Monument CO I made it out alive.
Bryce Canyon National Park UT Gorgeous in the snow
Zion National Park UT Ditto
Grand Canyon National Park AZ Definitely grand
Petrified Forest National Park AZ …and lots of petroglyphs!
Death Valley National Park CA Try it in February!
Yosemite National Park CA Thank you, John Muir.
Mt. Rainier National Park WA Stunning in the snow.
Glacier National Park MT See ’em before they melt!
Wrangell St. Elias National Park AK This is wilderness.
Kenai Fjords National Park AK Blue glaciers.
Denali National Park AK Unspoiled, Mt. McKinley is quite a sight.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park TN, NC Relax and enjoy it.