Visit the National Parks!

Mount Rainier snow

“The national park idea has been nurtured by each succeeding generation of Americans.  Today, across our land, the National Park System represents America at its best.  Each park contributes to a deeper understanding of the history of the United States and our way of life; of the natural processes which have given form to our land, and to the enrichment of the environment in which we live.” George B. Hart go, Jr. National Park System Director, 1964-1972

Our home state of Utah has five national parks.  And even though we grew up in that state, neither of us went to any of them during our childhood.  When we started establishing our own family traditions, we wanted to make getting out in nature and exploring the wonders of our country a huge priority.  The national parks are an amazing way to do that!

Rocky Mountain National Park July 2021

There are currently sixty three national parks in the United States.  As of the writing of this post in July of 2023, we have been to thirty three of them.  We are trying to get to as many of them with our kids as possible.

We love the opportunity to travel and explore new areas of the nation.  And with this goal to visit all of the national parks, it has helped as we plan vacations.  We have traveled to places that we probably never would have gone without the motivation of the national park.  

In 2021, Charlie reached a milestone at work and was able to take off for six weeks.  For a month of that time, we traveled the North West United States and visited nine different national parks.  It was amazing!  Check out the video of our trip here!

I believe that being out in nature and spending quality family time together are great ways to improve relationships, have fun, and connect with God.  I always feel rejuvenated after a hike in the mountains, watching for wildlife on a cool evening, or walking along a rocky beach checking out tide pools.  We want our kids to grow up feeling a love for the beautiful earth that we live on.  And visiting the National Parks is a great way to foster that!  

Now get out there and explore!   

~ Rachel

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