Like most kids, I'd been to several national park sites as a child. I mean, if you take a school trip to Washington DC like I did, you see a lot of them, because most of the memorials are all separate national park units. But I was never all about traveling to the national parks.
And then, in 2014, my mother and I went on a vacation to Tennessee. We started in Memphis, visiting Shiloh, then drove across to Chattanooga for the battlefields there, then to the Smoky Mountains before heading home. It was a good trip. Hot, if I remember correctly. And while at Shiloh, I discovered this wonderful thing called a national parks passport. A program that has been around since I was a child, but that I knew absolutely nothing about. So we picked up a passport and collected on the rest of our trip.
Each vacation since then has been all about national parks. Particularly civil war battlefields, as my father is a little obsessed and as a result, so am I. In 2015, we went to Missouri and Arkansas, and in 2016, it was Pennsylvania and then another trip to Indiana. We even have a trip up to Cuyahoga Valley planned for after Thanksgiving.
And since work is slow, and since I enjoy reading about other people's travels, I thought "why not start a national parks blog?" So here we go!!! The first order of business, after this lovely introduction post of course, will be pictures and stories from Tennessee. Probably multiple posts, because I don't know how else I could do it and not overwhelm myself, as well as the readers that I will hopefully have... Once I get through all the past trips, I might even post about trips I'm currently planning (I think the current count is five, three short trips this year and two longer ones - so far - for next).
Anyways, happy reading! Hopefully my adventures are interesting (to someone other than me that is)!