You are a Winner!

Those are words I’d love to hear!

The Submission Grand Prize: a trip for 4 to Yosemite National Park

or

The Voter Grand Prize: A Yellowstone & Grand Teton Adventure for 2

I could be happy with either prize!
I don’t know how I missed this earlier, but beginning June 20th, the National Park Foundation kicked off its Summer Scrapbook contest which runs until September 5th. Park enthusiasts are encouraged to submit entries in one of eight categories relating a personal experience from any of America’s National Parks. Along with the short essay, each entry must include a photo or video taken at the park with a trip to Yosemite being the Grand Prize.

Not a park visitor or not a writer? You can still win! Simply vote from September 9 – September 26th for your favorite Essay Finalist. In fact, you can actually vote one time per day in each category for a total of eight votes per day or eight chances to win that trip to Yellowstone.

It’s time to submit an entry for each category!

  • Fun with Family & Friends:
    Share your national park moments and memories of relaxing, having picnics, hiking, or simply enjoying some quality time with your friends and family in your national parks.
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    Redwood National Park
  • Celebrations & Achievements:
    Share your national park moments and memories of engagements, weddings, birthdays, holidays, or completing a goal.
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    Smoky Mountain National Park
  • Inspirational Moments:
    Share your national park moments and memories of star-studded night skies, picture-perfect sunsets, breathtaking vistas, and moments of inspiration.
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    Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Action & Adventure:
    Share your national park moments and memories of sports, activities, and adventure.
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    Everglades National Park
  • Hidden Gems and Surprises:
    Share your national park moments and memories of finding a little-known trail, an unexpected wildlife visit, and other surprises.
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    Bandelier National Monument
  • Making a Difference:
    Share your national park moments and memories of volunteer work or other ways you’ve helped.
  • Throwback:
    Share your national park moments and memories from 10 or more years ago.
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    Yellowstone National Park
  • Learning & Discovery
    Share your national park moments and memories of exploring American history, celebrating cultures, finding a fossil, taking a class trip, or other educational experiences.
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    Fort Matanzas National Monument

    Looks like I’ve got some work to do this week if I plan to enter an essay in the contest, and I’ve marked my calendar to start voting on September 9th. I want to be a winner!

Deep Creek Adventures

Beginning in the early 1970s, most summers were spent in the mountains of western North Carolina. Camping, hiking, tubing, river trips and escaping the heat of south Florida. In fact, these yearly trips led me to Western Carolina University where I spent my first two years of college life and met my husband of thirty-five years.

Many summers have been spent at our favorite campground, Deep Creek, a part of Great Smoky Mountain National Park. This year Meghan and Jon joined us for a few days of camping in Deep Creek.

Campfires and breakfast cooked on the camp stove are among the highlights of the trip, but without a doubt tubing on the river is what makes Deep Creek a repeat destination. I don’t mean to brag, but I was the only one of the four of us to stay on the tube…Betty Falls proved too much for the others.

Unfortunately, the constant rain shortened our trip, but it was reminiscent of Meghan’s first camping trip to Deep Creek at age 2 months when she was the only dry camper hanging out in the back of our station wagon while the adults huddled under a tarp over the picnic table making the most of a camping trip in the non-stop rain.

 

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As Yogi Berra would say, “It’s like deja vu all over again.”