National Parks Visited

  2014-Grand Teton and Yellowstone

2015-Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, Joshua Tree, Acadia, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, Arches, Mesa Verde and the Grand Canyon

    

Future:

2016-Glacier, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Everglades, Biscayne, Dry Tortugas

2017-Shenandoah, Great Smoky Mountains, Congaree

2018-Big Bend, Guadalupe Mountains, Carlsbad Caverns, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Great Sand Dunes, Rocky Mountain, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Bryce, Zion, the Grand Canyon (planned so far!)

National Park Shirts

National Park Shirts
Craig and I love to collect National Park t-shirts and long sleeve shirts when we visit the parks. Not only are they great souvenirs, they are also great conversation starters. When people see our shirts, they always ask us about our trips.

I SurvivedThe Grand Canyon

I love so many of the designs and fabrics now. If you get a shirt in one of the gift shops or visitor’s centers, a portion of the price may go to the National Park Service. Here are some of my favorites.

Angels Landing  Yosemite Valley Bear
Hike JRR Tolkein

Grand Canyon Bighorn Sheep

Joshua Tree

 

Joshua Tree National Park

Visiting Joshua Tree National Park is like visiting another planet! There are so many amazing boulders, rock piles, old mines, trees and desert plants and animals there. I think it is funny when John Carter wakes up on Mars and he thinks he is still in the desert. We had such a blast climbing the rocks and boulders and taking pictures. The park is named for Joshua Trees or Yucca brevifolia, a member of the Agave family. “By the mid-19th century, Mormon immigrants had made their way across the Colorado River. Legend has it that these pioneers named the tree after the biblical figure, Joshua, seeing the limbs of the tree as outstretched in supplication, guiding the travelers westward.” 

It was very hot when we were there-106-but we really wanted to see the park on our California road trip. Because it was so hot, it was not crowded at all. We got up early and went back to the hotel pool in the afternoon. Craig and I stayed at the 29 Palms Inn. It was a great base and right near the Oasis of Mara. I held the Old Frame 1 & 2 cabin and it had a private deck overlooking the Oasis! The restaurant there is also great. 

 

I got several new National Park passport stamps in Joshua Tree. Next time we visit we may go when it is a little cooler and try to see Death Valley as well.