National Parks, Anyone?

24 10 2009

I’ve been doing a lot of hiking lately (typically a couple times a week).  Living in Colorado Springs essentially necessitates hiking often… the mountains are just a short drive away, and numerous parks and open spaces are just a short walk away.  The scenery can vary, depending on where you go – though it is always beautiful.  You can zig-zag your way next to a stream, up a mountain.  You can hike among the red rocks.  You can climb amidst the bluffs.

2-9000cRecently a friend told me about the National Parks Passport Book.  It is a ‘passport’ that you can get stamped at (supposedly) ever National Park, National Monument, etc. so that you can record when and where you’ve been.  We also talked about several parks we’ve been to, and several that we would like to go to.  (According to the U.S. National Park Service there are 391 national parks).

All of this talk has gotten me excited.  I want to wander across the west and visit national park after national park.  …even if it’s just a weekend trip here and there  …or a week or two in the summer.

So I’ve started to create a “National Parks / Places of Interest to Visit” map on Google maps.  Is there anything I should add?  And more importantly, who wants to join me?

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