National Park Centennial

August 26, 2016 0 Comments

We’ve written a bit about our travel experiences in the American West on our road trip posts here and here, but we wanted to make mention of a special day in the preservation of nature that means a lot to people like us.
The National Park system officially turned 100 yesterday and the celebration and honoring of our magnificent parks is going on all year long! We didn’t know much about the 412 parks before we started planning our adventure road trip. To be honest, we still only know a little about a couple of them. We’re so lucky to have a great park about an hour away from home here in Ohio too! But what we found in those parks has became a sort of second home to us and a huge reason for our lifestyle change this year (which you can read more about here). We find comfort in the signage as we’re driving around on trips, we look for like-minded nature lovers when we’re searching for campsites and we easily find an abundance of options for whatever the heart desires in relation to getting out into nature.  As the earliest and likely most quoted preservationist said: “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” – John Muir

It’s hard to put into words what we love about nature because it’s everything; it’s the quiet, the ease, the grandeur. The expanse in either abundance or desolation of land, sky and mountain. Those places we know now to be national parks were once open land. To think that 100 years ago someone stood on that ground and said “we must preserve this, we must save and honor this impressiveness forever” makes us more lucky than we’ll ever know.

In the coming weeks we’ll be sharing our favorite parks we’ve visited and photo journals from those as well as hike reviews! Subscribe to read those and start planning your next National Park Adventure! It only seems just to share our first National Park adventure as our #1 favorite to date:

Yosemite National Park
These photos barely show it’s majesty.