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Acadia National Park – no words needed!

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No special camera equipment needed to capture the beauty of this park. I took all pictures with iPhone 6 (John took the picture of me, also with an iPhone 6).

TBT Lesson #65

Tuesday was the 99th anniversary of the National Park Service. Since I wasn’t able to visit one of the parks on that day, I dragged out a box of photos looking for some pictures from previous trips to a park.

I found several photo envelopes filled with National Park memories, it I especially liked this one of John and me taken at Redwoods National Park.

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TBT Lesson: Hugging a tree is fine, but it’s better to hug the one you love while standing next to a giant tree.

99 Ways to Celebrate the NPS

Yesterday the National Park Service celebrated the 99th birthday of the park system and posted a list of 99 ways to #FindYourPark. The list includes ways everyone can enjoy the parks. Suggestions are as diverse as writing poetry, rock climbing or taking a selfie in one of our National Parks. They also suggest you post pictures or videos on social media using the hashtag #FindYourPark.

Click here to find the complete list of all 99 ideas.

Here’s some examples of ways to celebrate:

Enjoy the spectacular views at Golden Gate Bridge National Recreation Area.

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Spot wildlife at sunrise at Canaveral National Seashore.

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Swim with the manatee at Crystal River National Wildlife Refugee.

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Follow the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail from the Missouri River

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to the Pacific Coast.

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Hug a tree at Kings Canyon or Sequoia National Parks. (Or just relax on the stump of one of the trees.)

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Take a late night walk through the National Mall and Memorial Parks.

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Take a selfie at Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.

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How will you #FindYourPark?

Thanks to Meghan, Jonathan, and John for allowing me to post their pictures.

Find Your Park

It’s National Park Week! And while last weekend park admission was free, it’ still a good time to visit one of our country’s more than 400 national parks.

In the past year, we’ve enjoyed these treasures with a trip to the National Mall and the monuments and memorials of our nation’s capital.

IMG_7421Trips to Chickamauga, Appomattox and Ford’s Theater have been a good way to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Adventures in the Big Cypress Swamp, the Everglades, the Great Smoky Mountains,  Gulf Islands and Canaveral Seashores, Shenandoah and Ocala National Forest.

It’s time to plan for summer visits to more parks…Olympic, San Juan Island, Lewis and Clark and Crater Lake…a good start.

And maybe we can squeeze in a quick trip to one of the National Parks in South Florida. Everglades, Big Cypress Swamp, Biscayne, and the Dry Tortugas are perfect places to spend a spring day in the Florida sunshine. I hear them calling my name.

Find your park and share your story at #FindYourPark.