Don’t Miss Out – Free Entrance Days in the National Parks is BACK! 2016 was a phenomenal year for the National Parks Service. They celebrated their 100th year. In 2017, NPS has decided to celebrate the start to their second century with Free Entrance Days. I was inspired by Cotopaxi to showcase our National Parks and why you need to get in a park now!
Don’t Miss Out –
Free Entrance Days in the National Parks
January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 20: Presidents’ DayApril 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
August 25: National Park Service Birthday
September 30: National Public Lands Day
November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend
I’ve been blessed over the years to be able to travel to over 30 of our National Parks. Most of those have been hiking trips with my kids in tow.
Petroglyph National Monument “protects one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America, featuring designs and symbols carved onto volcanic rocks by Native Americans and Spanish settlers 400 to 700 years ago.”
Painted Desert and Petrified Forest is one of our favorites. Most people go just for the Painted Desert but they miss beautiful hiking trails. “There are backcountry hikes into areas never open before such as Red Basin and little-known areas like the Martha’s Butte.”
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In the beautiful, sunny Florida – Biscayne National Park. “Within sight of downtown Miami, yet worlds away, Biscayne protects a rare combination of aquamarine waters, emerald islands, and fish-bejeweled coral reefs. Here too is evidence of 10,000 years of human history, from pirates and shipwrecks to pineapple farmers and presidents. Outdoors enthusiasts can boat, snorkel, camp, watch wildlife…or simply relax in a rocking chair gazing out over the bay.”
GET OUT THERE | CHALLENGE YOURSELF | DO GOOD
The views are breathtaking. The park is 95% water so come prepared to kayak, canoe, use your boat, and/or snorkel/scuba. The water is clear but the water this day was a little choppy. We stayed on land because it would have been too much for the girls to not freak out with the waves. It was a bummer but we had a lot of fun without kayaking out to snorkel.
After we hiked as far down the island as we could, we turned around and went to the marina. We were told that manatees usually hang out near the boats, but we didn’t see any. We did get some cool videos of the school of fish splashing in the water.
Inside the visitor’s center, we were allowed to touch almost everything. This was one of the better visitor centers for kids have been to. That shark’s jaw was huge. Bubba’s upper body and head fit completely inside of it. Intimidating! My bees aren’t always in my photos. But amazingly, they made it into one. Bubba is carrying their Junior Ranger completed booklets so they can earn their Biscayne National Park badge.
Cotopaxi – GET OUT THERE | CHALLENGE YOURSELF | DO GOOD – and hashtag it – #YearOfAdventure
This is my new favorite bag and it’s on my wishlist for our next trip! ⬆︎
Marty has a leather messenger bag but it isn’t functional when we are out and about. I can’t wait to give him this bag. And I have a new backpack on my wishlist for him too. ⬆︎