9 UNIQUE ACTIVITIES IN NATIONAL PARKS

When I think of National Parks, I think of beautiful landscapes, historical sites, and epic hikes. But if you take a look around, you’ll find that there are a ton of other activities, too. The more we explore, the more we find. Here are 9 unique activities you should check out.

Sandboard at Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

You can hike up the tallest sand dunes in this park, but the fun part is coming down! Rent a sandboard and zoom down before climbing back up for another ride. Keep in mind that you will have to rent the boards outside of the park. See more here: http://localadventurer.com/great-sand-dunes-national-park-colorado/

 

Climb Into Cliff Dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

Mesa Verde National Park has some of the most remarkable geography. There are countless viewpoints where you can see the cliff dwellings from above, but if you book a tour, you can climb into them and stand where people did thousands of years ago. See more here: http://localadventurer.com/balcony-house-mesa-verde-national-park/

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THE SHADY SIDE OF 45 TOUR

A girl walks in to a bar…and comes out with a path to turning her dream into a reality. When Adele Amos met Michelle Tang to network using their mutual connections in the production end of television commercials, she never thought she would find a route to fulfilling a dream of hers. As the two strangers chatted, Adele mentioned the idea of dodging the high cost of renting in the Los Angeles area by purchasing an Airstream trailer and parking it wherever she happened to be working. Michelle, a hair and makeup artist, surprised her by saying she had a 1976 Argosy in the Catskills of New York that she had used for just that purpose and would sell it for just $1500.00. Even though the trailer was 2500 miles away, Adele said yes to the purchase on the spot. She knew she wanted it and would just need to find someone to take 4 weeks off work and go get it with her.

 

 

Enter Cindy Gaines, Adele’s childhood friend and neighbor. Cindy and Adele have what could be described as a “sump pump” friendship; it’s there even though you might not acknowledge it every day and it kicks in when needed. The two grew up in the same neighborhood in Portland, Oregon and went all through school together circling each other’s social spheres. They were friends but not best friends, although Adele often visited Cindy’s family’s lake house in southwest Washington. After college when Adele was visiting home, they reconnected and got to know each other better. They formed the kind of friendship that picks up where it left off each time they see each other. Cindy, as an only child, had been given the gift of travel by her professor parents. They used their discretionary income on experiences. They took their daughter all over the world and when she was in 4th grade they took her out of school for five months and traveled all through the US and Mexico in a motorhome. Cindy had been infused with wanderlust and she and Adele, who also traveled stateside and internationally with her parents and three siblings, shared a mutual love for adventure. When Adele realized that she wanted a friend to travel with her to pick up the trailer, Cindy was the first person she called.

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5 NATIONAL PARKS YOUR KIDS WILL LOVE

The National Park Service was established in 1916 and consists of over 400 parks covering more than 80 million acres. In 2014, these parks saw nearly 300,000,000 visitors. National parks are a perfect place to experience nature, learn about our history, pursue favorite pastimes and find your AWAY.

After 3 and half years of full time RVing, we’ve been to nearly a fourth of the parks. We’ve walked the battlefields of Gettysburg and under the giant sequoias in California with many stops in between. While we have enjoyed aspects of each park, there are a few that stand out as places that kids (and adults) will especially love.

Yellowstone National Park

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I had low expectations for America’s first and most visited national park, Yellowstone National Park. I had heard about the crowds (I’m not a crowd person) and assumed the park was overrated. I was wrong. We all LOVED our time in Yellowstone. Thing 1 and Thing 2 both agreed that it was their second favorite National Park.

 

 

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PHOTOS FROM THE ROAD #4

In our homeschool we talked a lot about the role the Mississippi River played in the development of the United States. It was fun to sit along the banks and watch the freighters in action.

In our homeschool we talked a lot about the role the Mississippi River played in the development of the United States. It was fun to sit along the banks and watch the freighters in action.

One of the first National Parks we visited was Yosemite in California. It was off season so the weather was a little chilly but it was great because there weren't any large crowds.

One of the first National Parks we visited was Yosemite in California. It was off season so the weather was a little chilly but it was great because there weren’t any large crowds.

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PHOTOS FROM THE ROAD #2

Nathanael and his best friend, Nico, at the Colorado National Monument. She has had added so much joy to the trip. Many national parks don't allow pets on the trails so it's wise to check the park's website to see their pet policy before heading out.

Thing 2 and his best friend, Nico, at the Colorado National Monument. She has had added so much joy to the trip. Many national parks don’t allow pets on the trails so it’s wise to check the park’s website to see their pet policy before heading out.

You can't go to Yellowstone without getting a family photo in front of the sign. We had high expectations for Yellowstone, after all, it is the most famous and oldest National Park. It not only lived up but surpassed our expectations and we look forward to going back someday!

You can’t go to Yellowstone without getting a family photo in front of the sign. We had high expectations for Yellowstone, after all, it is the most famous and oldest National Park. It not only lived up but surpassed our expectations and we look forward to going back someday!

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