Thursday, August 25, 2016

National Parks Centennial (HAPPY 100th Birthday, NPS!!) (NuggetsofGold!)

Nothing like a major celebration to give me an incentive to post some photos from our road trip this summer. Be sure to check out the parks near you this weekend~

(Golden Nugget alert) From their website:

 The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016, and we're inviting visitors of all ages to join in the celebration throughout the month! With special events across the country, and free admission to all 412 national parks from August 25 through August 28, the National Park Service is encouraging everyone to #FindYourPark for the centennial!

Beyond that, if you have a 4th grader, be sure to check out the "Every Kid In A Park Pass" that will give you and your family free admission to the National Parks for one year.
Youngest getting his first badge (and patch!)
At the FIRST National Park, Yellowstone
Happy Birthday, NPS! 

One of my favorite features of the National  Parks is the Junior Ranger Program. The majority of them are offered for free (with a few exceptions, but the fee is nominal), your kids get a booklet, learn about the park, and receive a badge (usually) or sometimes a patch! Pretty cool! 

Because of the 100th birthday, some of this year's badges were special editions
Note the two wooden badges in the middle photo and the metal badge between. 
We were pleased to have the opportunity to visit some old favorites (from 2006), as well as some "new-to-us" visits!

In the style of Ansel Adams

Yellowstone (left top 3), *Devils Tower, *Mount Rushmore, *The Badlands, *Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, *Lincoln's Boyhood Home Memorial, *Mammoth Caves, *Lincoln's Birthplace, and *Independence Hall (*photo credits to Eldest)

We stopped by or "overlooked" a few more parks but didn't do any programs, sometimes because of the time of day (or night) we were visiting...

Niagara Falls National Historic area at 3:30am

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Theodore Roosevelt National Park overlook
Badlands of North Dakota
And some of the photos from the black and white montage up close and in color

Yellowstone National Park, Biscuit Basin

Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful site before eruption

Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful

Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone Lake

Yellowstone National Park, Artist's Point, Falls and "Grand Canyon"

Yellowstone National Park, Washburn Hot Springs Overlook

Yellowstone National Park, Barronette Peak Turnoff

Devil's Tower National Monument
photo credit to Eldest

Mount Rushmore National Monument
photo credit to Eldest
Badlands National Park
Jefferson Expansion National Memorial
photo credit to Eldest
Lincoln's Boyhood National Park, Indiana
photo credit to Eldest
Mammoth Cave National Park Entrance
photo credit to Eldest
Lincoln's Birthplace National Park, Kentucky
Independence Hall National Park, Philadelphia
photo credit to Eldest
Alright, I made some space, and photos are uploaded! 
If you enjoy this post, or have any questions about our trip, I do appreciate comments here on the blog! :D

I will be posting more about our trip in upcoming weeks, so stay tuned! 


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