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Parkitecture in the National Parks

Parkitecture in the National Parks

Parkitecture is an architectural style that developed in the early and middle 20th century in the National Park Service. The NPS wanted to create buildings that worked in harmony with the natural environment and historic surroundings.  There are a lot of elements in common with the Arts and Crafts movement- for example architects used a lot of native wood and stone. The Parkitecture style can be found in many National Park structures like entrances, lodges, and visitor centers. Many of…

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National Parks Adventure – IMAX

National Parks Adventure – IMAX

I just wanted to remind you all that the new National Parks Adventure movie is out in IMAX theaters. We are going to see it next month and I am really excited for it. It looks great! It is narrated by Robert Redford and has been getting great reviews. Let me know what you think if you see it.

Smash Books For Memory Keeping

Smash Books For Memory Keeping

  I was trying to think of a way to keep our ticket stubs, park and hotel maps and trail guides that would not take up a lot of space. Then I read about Smash Books. Since Craig and I want to travel around full time in an RV soon, we are trying to get rid of a lot of our “stuff.” We have been going through books, clothing, prints and picture frames and selling, giving away or donating them….

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Adventure Archives

Adventure Archives

I just found a new YouTube channel on the National Park Foundation’s Trail Talk Blog. It is called Adventure Archives and they have a lot of National  Park videos. Some of them were Find Your Park Expedition members/crew. I just watched their Mesa Verde video and it was great. If you like the National Parks and hiking, I think you will enjoy the videos.  

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 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…

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National Park Night Sky Programs and Festivals

National Park Night Sky Programs and Festivals

Did you know many of the National Parks have night sky viewing programs as well as night sky festivals? At some of the parks like Bryce Canyon, the night sky is so dark you can see 7,500 stars on a moonless night! You might even see the Milky Way very clearly.  You can check online or at the visitors centers to see what programs might be going on while you are there. There are full moon hikes and bike rides…

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The Mist Trail

The Mist Trail

One of the trails we hiked in Yosemite National Park was Vernal Fall by way of the Mist Trail. The hike started at the Happy Isles shuttle stop (#16.) If you are not staying in the Valley in Yosemite, you could park at the the trail head parking or Camp Curry. The first part of the trail is paved for about a mile. It is all uphill but the views are great! Around 0.8 of a mile you reach the…

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The Ahwahnee Hotel

The Ahwahnee Hotel

One of the places we stayed at on our California road trip was the historic Ahwahnee Hotel. We only booked a night since it was so expensive, but we really wanted to have time to check it out. The Ahwahnee is in the Yosemite Valley in an amazing spot. It is in a meadow surrounded by The Royal Arches. Ahwahnee means “Place of a Gaping Mouth” which the Miwok Indians called Yosemite Valley. It opened in 1927 and became a…

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We Are Back!

We Are Back!

So our California road trip was a success! We flew into San Francisco and stayed 3 nights. Then we drove to Yosemite and stayed there 5 nights. Next, we drove down to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks and stayed a night in each. Joshua Tree was next for 2 nights, followed by a night at Disneyland and 3 nights in San Diego with friends. I got so many new Western Region National Park Passport stamps I had to use…

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