Monday, August 29, 2016

100 Years

To commemorate the National Park Service's 100th birthday, I thought I'd compile a list of the National Parks that I've visited. I love lists.

I thought about including all 413 units of the National Park Service (which includes National Parks, National Monuments, National Preserves, National Historic Parks, National Historic Sites, National Battlefield Parks, National Military Parks, National Battlefields, National Battlefield Sites, National Memorials, National Recreation Areas, National Seashores, National Lakeshores, National Rivers, National Reserves, National Parkways, National Historic and Scenic Trails and National Cemeteries), but instead I'll save those lists for another day (and I had no idea there were so many different units).

Marked in bold are the parks that I've visited.

As of 8/29/16 I've visited 23 of the 59 National Parks. I've got some work to do!


American Samoa



Big Bend


Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Bryce Canyon


Capitol Reef

Carlsbad Caverns

Channel Islands


Crater Lake

Cuyahoga Valley

Death Valley


Dry Tortugas


Gates of the Arctic


Glacier Bay

Grand Canyon

Grand Teton

Great Basin

Great Sand Dunes

Great Smoky Mountains

Guadalupe Mountains


Hawaii Volcanoes

Hot Springs

Isle Royale

Joshua Tree


Kenai Fjords

Kings Canyon

Kobuk Valley

Lake Clark

Lassen Volcanic

Mammoth Cave

Mesa Verde

Mount Rainier

North Cascades


Petrified Forest



Rocky Mountain




Theodore Roosevelt

Virgin Islands


Wind Cave

Wrangell-St. Elias




Sunday, August 28, 2016

Outer Banks - Day 11

Day 11 - June 14, 2015

(I've got to get this trip posted, so I can move onto our Europe trip... Patience please)

I grabbed breakfast from McDonald's and brought it back to our hotel room.  This is our hotel in the morning light.

We're a big fan of taking public transport whenever we're somewhere that will allow it.

We took pictures of the Washington Monument whenever we saw it.

Our first stop was the Holocaust Museum.

Lyla decided to join for a picture.

We first visited the chapel.

It was a nice quiet spot to reflect on the horrors of mankind.

A couple of the quotes on the wall of the chapel.

Next stop was the Jefferson Memorial, but we had to make our way around the Tidal Basin.

This was my first time visiting the Jefferson Memorial.  We didn't visit it last September and when I visited Washington DC with my family when I was younger we didn't make it there either.  I remember that we stopped out in front of the memorial as the sun was going down so that my mom could run in and see the memorial, but none of the kids got out.  I was happy to finally make my way inside.

Ada and the Washington Monument.

Big Tom.

I quite liked the quotes around the rotunda.

The man, the myth, the legend who slept with his slave.

Our next stop was the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.  Eleanor stands guarding the entrance.

Franklin and his Scottish Terrier Fala.

Ada and (drum roll please) the Washington Monument.

Next stop was the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Resting with Rosa.

Ada with Dorothy's ruby slippers.

The golden spike. On loan from Stanford University.

Our hotel was just two blocks from Ford's Theatre.  We sadly didn't make it in there, but we had to get a picture nonetheless.

Dinner tonight was at Pi Pizzeria.  We went for their deep dish pizza with a cornmeal crust.

And because we knew the girls would not go for that pizza they got a plain cheese.



Tomorrow we visit an art museum and make it to a baseball game.