©2016 Kari Carlisle
In case you haven’t heard, this is a very special year. This is the year the National Park Service turned 100 years old. It’s just a number, you say? True. It’s just a number. It really doesn’t mean much to you and me. I mean, it’s not like you or I just turned 100, right?
Well, to the Park Service, it’s a very big deal. They’ve been planning celebrations across all of its 400+ parks, monuments, and historical and recreation sites for the last couple of years. That’s part of what does make this a big deal to you and me. We have an opportunity to participate in some really fun and unique activities.
Start at FindYourPark.com. You may be surprised what you will find near you. And then GO! If there just isn’t one you can get to, then go to one of your state parks. They’re awesome, too. Thinking back, I’m surprised at how many of the parks I’ve been to and then even more surprised at some of the amazing things I’ve been able to do there:
- Wildlife encounters
- Rock climbing
- Apple picking
- Looking down into the caldera of an active volcano
Yeah, shopping! Some of my favorite things came from shops operated within the parks. I still use a lye laundry stick I bought years ago in Capital Reef National Monument at one of my favorite park shops. They also sell ice cream and fresh baked pies and scones. I’ve eaten a pie for lunch there. Seriously, it’s amazing.
But the most important thing you can do in a park is to connect – connect with others, connect with the spiritual, connect with nature, connect with yourself. Find yourself. Sometimes you just need to get away from the day-to-day to learn about yourself, solve problems, set goals, find inspiration. Maybe that’s why I live and work in a park.
Take my word for it – you will not regret visiting a park. There’s a reason why the national parks are called America’s Best Idea.
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