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?