Peggy and I decided to take a year off from work in 1999 and travel around North America. I worked as a consultant/citizen advocate on health and environmental issues when I was behaving like a serious adult, and led wilderness treks when I wasn’t. Peggy was fully adult and served as an assistant principal at a middle school.
People were more or less resigned to the fact that I came and went. You might say I was self-employed and self-unemployed. The only person I really had to check with was myself. Peggy’s situation was different, but the school district really wanted to keep her. They offered her an unpaid sabbatical. We bought a travel van and off we went.
We left on July 1. Planning was close to zero. Our only obligations were to meet up with friends for backpacking and kayaking in Alaska and to join Peggy’s parents in Florida for Thanksgiving. Beyond that we could be wherever we wanted to be and do whatever we wanted to do.
Early on, we decided to visit National Parks, Seashores, Monuments and Historical sites whenever we had the opportunity. It was a goal we continued when Peggy retired from being an elementary school principal in 2007 and we wandered in our van for another three years. As a result, we have visited the majority of America’s National Parks as well as many in Canada.
Over the past three weeks I have blogged about a few of the parks we visited. I hope you have enjoyed the journey. Today, I will wrap up this series with photos from several more. I will return to the National Park theme from time to time in the future.
NEXT BLOG: We are off to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and the beginning of a new series. First up will feature photographs of Pelicans diving for fish in Banderas Bay. We were fortunate to be close to the action and caught some great shots. You won’t want to miss this blog.
15 thoughts on “A Photographic Journey through America’s National Parks… Series Conclusion”
Some majestic shots of your wonderful parks. Funny the things you remember!
Well, some things, like the outhouse, are forever burned into your memory. –Curt
Great selection – including a few places I’ve been. My earliest visit would have been to Mammoth Cave, with my folks when I was in grade school. And yes – that outhouse deserves inclusion in any list of favorites!
Mammoth was one of the more recent parks we visited. I was doing some genealogical research in Kentucky, at the time. -Curt
How terrific that you and your wife were able to do that and that her job was accommodating. I’d love to be able to do something similar someday. Maybe when the kids are gone…
Take the kids along, Carrie. Throw in a little home schooling and it might be the greatest experience of their life. –Curt
Ha, well, it would be wonderful, but I think it will have to wait until retirement. 🙂
We spent Thanksgiving week this year hiking throughout Big Bend NP- very interesting subclimes and scenery. We’re ready to go back and hike the trails we didn’t have time for. Thanks for the reminder.
Peggy and I were impressed with the beauty of Big Bend. It is so far off the usual routes, I am not sure many people get there relative to some other parks. It is definitely worth a blog on its own. Glad you enjoyed the blog. –Curt
I’m a little sad to be saying goodbye to some of the most satisfying landscape photography i have ever see. However, I’m as susceptible as the next person to a pelican.
We’ll get back to the National Parks, Hilary. 🙂 But the pelican is my all-time favorite bird… –Curt
Curt, this is a beautiful conclusion to your National Park Series, and I’m glad to see that you included some of my personal faves. James and I first met near Mammoth Cave (living in Glasgow, KY) – he took me there on a date when we were in high school. But I have yet to visit Newspaper Rock National Historic Site – love the bison butt-shot! 🙂 ~Terri
The first serious date I took Peggy on was a hundred k backpack trip, Terri. She was quite the trooper. 🙂 –Curt