Thursday, March 15, 2012

National Parking: My Other Passport

It's very obvious that I love to travel and that I think having a passport is essential.  

Earlier this week I was taking my car in to get some repairs and I was taking the car keys off my key chain.   For the first time in over 12 years, I took off my Yellowstone National Park key chain.   It has been carried around with my keys ever since the summer of 2000 when I worked in the park.  

That got me to thinking about my other passport.  Yes friends, I have a gift shop wonder, my Passport to Your National Parks.  I got my passport in 1994.   We were on a family road trip vacation into Missouri and Arkansas.   We visited Wilson's Creek National Battlefield in Republic, MO.   Mom bought me the passport in the bookstore.    I still have it today.   When I visit a new national park, I try to stop in the visitor's center and get a new stamp.     I was very dedicated for a while, but in the past few years, other than annual visits to Rocky Mountain National Park, I haven't been giving the park system it's due.    I've been cheating on my National Parks passport with my US passport.   

I'm hoping that this is the year that I make the change.   I have explored quite a few of our National Parks, but I have a ways to go.  There are other places here in Colorado that I still need to go to.   Admittedly, I already have all my vacation time between now and September already allocated, but I'm thinking that right around September 19, when I earn more days, I should take myself out and go National Parking again.

What's your favorite national park?

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