If you haven’t heard yet or can’t figure it out from that clever title, it’s the 100th anniversary for the National Park system. They are hosting some events in various parks across the United States, including free park admission to all parks from August 25th to August 28th.
The National Park System is an amazing organization that protects and shares America’s wild places, cultural landmarks, and so much more. It includes a giant 412 protected areas, and was created on August 25, 1916. In 2015, a total of 307,247,252 people visited our parks. Although often access to such things are taken for granted, they are a treasure we should certainly celebrate. These parks take hard work, money, and many volunteers and philanthropists to endure.
This Is #MyParkStory
If you scroll through some of the top outdoor brands, top travelers, top photographers or any well-known content creators for anything outdoors on the internet, you’ll soon pick up an idea of some of the most beautiful and memorizing National Parks there are. If you were to turn to page 33 of National Park System magazine from April, you’d see an article called “Your Park Stories” that speaks of inspiring personal tales. These are the ways how I’ve learned about places like Zion, Acadia, Denali or my latest trip: the White Mountains in New Hampshire.
Except there is a common denominator among these parks: the size. These are the big dogs. These are the parks that make for stunning photos and wistful adventures. We follow along in a daydream as we read in awe of their lovely stories. But somewhere along the lines other, smaller parks get left behind.