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Friday, April 29, 2016

National Park to Park Highway Route

This summer 2016 we're taking a seven week road trip to tour the National Park to Park Highway. We've planned our route and wanted to share it with all of you.

Original National Park to Park Highway
Back in 1920, the National Park to Park Highway Tour began in Denver. This inaugural tour followed the roads and trails mapped out earlier that summer by AL Westgard, a AAA pathfinder and contributor to the Official Automobile Blue Book (referred to as the Blue Bible), the leading producer of road guides at the time. The group visited these parks in a counter clockwise direction:

Monday, April 25, 2016

What IS the National Park to Park Highway?

Last week we announced our biggest adventure yet. A seven week, 5,600 mile auto tour of the National Park to Park Highway. You may be wondering the same thing everyone I've talked to does: What exactly IS the National Park to Park Highway?

Image from Paving the Way: The National Park-to-Park Highway
In 1920 there wasn't good road access to the National Parks of the West. The primary transportation in and out of National Parks was the railroad or roads designed for use by horse and wagon, not the increasingly popular automobile.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Happy Birthday Earth Day!

This week is not only National Park Week, it's also Earth Day today - Friday April 22nd. Earth Day started in 1970 and this year the Tots and I have been working on a special Earth Day project along with our local Hike It Baby branch.

Every week since St. Patrick's Day the tots and I have biked, strolled and cleaned up along the Provo River Trail. This trail is my Go To Outdoor space, the place I escape to when I need a little outdoor time in the midst of daily life. Because I love this space, I want to see it taken care of. Thus began the Hike It Baby litter clean up series.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

National Park Week 2016

I'm so excited to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service this year! In case you missed my previous post, our Mountain Fam is planning a reenactment of the National Park to Park Highway Tour to celebrate the centennial.

It'll be a 7 week National Park adventure visiting some amazing sights along the way. We'll be posting about the history of the National Park to Park Highway as well as cool stuff to do in each of the 15 parks and 3 National Monuments we visit. So stay tuned over the next few months.

But before we get to that summertime adventure we've got to celebrate this week's beauty. This week is National Park Week, in case you didn't know. From April 16-24, 2016 every National Park and Monument offers free admittance. FREE! So how will you enjoy your National Treasures?

For a little inspiration I thought I'd repost some of our National Park Photos from years past. Click on any photo to enjoy the whole slideshow and take a moment to #FindYourPark.



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