Wow, has it really been a year since the last Parkasaurus post?
Its been a long and trying year behind the scenes as I dealt with some things around the house, and took on a new role as a leader in my oldest son’s Cub Scout Pack. Nevertheless, I still love America’s National Parks and just couldn’t walk away – and even periodically worked on this blog behind the scenes over the intervening months.
So here’s an effort to reboot this blog. Moving forward, I’m hoping to cover the following topics:
(1) The breadth and depth of the U.S. National Park System – as measured through the monthly updates to the Passport to Your National Parks program;
(2) Efforts to expand the 417 Units in the U.S. National Park System; and
(3) My family’s own travels through the U.S. National Parks.
So to get things going again – there’s going to be a series of rapid fire posts covering the additions to the Passport to Your National Parks program over the past year. As always, I try and dive into the stories behind the stamps – and look into why each cancellation has been added to the Passport Program. I also try to find the connections between the different areas in the U.S. National Park System in ways that are hopefully new and interesting for anyone interested in the parks.
Enjoy! And I look forward to posting more in the months and years ahead!
The way the contest works is that there are 10 finalists in each of 8 categories. Definitely take the time to read through some of the entries (especially in the other categories, of course!), as there are some great stories in there. You can vote for one finalist in each category each day – and voting lasts through September 29th. Each time you vote, you will be entered into a drawing for a trip to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.
Welcome to the Parkasaurus Blog – a blog about my love for the U.S. National Park System. It was just more than 15 years ago when I discovered the National Park System is much more than just Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon. There are now more than 401 National Parks, and the list includes America’s most-special places of all types. There are amazing natural places, geological and archeological wonders, the hallowed ground of our most important battlefields, the homes of some of America’s most-famous people, and the legacies of the cultures and industries that have made America what it is today.
Since then, I’ve become fascinated with the idea of trying to visit all of the national parks at least once – and this blog will chronicle my journey towards that goal. Along the way, I’ve also discovered that often times return visits to parks that I have already been to once as just as exciting, if not even moreso, than visiting a new park for the first time. My journey will cover plenty of those return trips too.
I’m marking my journey along the way with the help of Eastern National’s Passport to Your National Parks program, so there’ll be plenty about those passport stamps in here if you’re a fan of that program as well. Additionally, the total number of parks in the National Park System is always a moving target as new parks keep getting added – I love trying to keep track of those, so I’ll be covering that as well.
Thank you for visiting, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading along with me on my journey!