Hiking in America's National Parks

Grand Canyon

My Ordinary Hiking Life

My treasured junior ranger patches fleece.

My husband Jon, my son Sebastian, and I visited our first national park in July 2010 - Grand Canyon. Since then my husband and I have hiked in 22 more national parks and 2 military parks.


There are 61 national parks in the US, including US Virgin Islands and American Samoa. We hope to visit and hike in all 61. When we grow up and retire, we want to be volunteer park rangers. To date, I have been sworn in as a junior park ranger in 15 national parks.


It's a lot of work: hiking, going to ranger programs, and completing some intense activity books during our visits. But I love it! And so far, I have been the only adult pledging to be a good junior ranger while being sworn in with other children. My 15 patches are sewn into my Yellowstone fleece.

I hope my love for hiking in our national parks inspires you to go and find your park! I hope our adventures in Grand Canyon, Arches, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Rocky Mountain, Bryce, Zion, Yosemite, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Acadia, Great Smoky Mountains, Shenandoah, Virgin Islands, Biscayne, Everglades, Cuyahoga Valley, Congaree, Mammoth Caves, Carlsbad Caverns, White Sands, Guadalupe Mountains, and Petrified Forest national parks move you to slip on your hiking boots, strap on a backpack, carry a hiking stick to help you navigate terrain, and to take in the beauty of our national parks in the company of amazing wildlife, birds, insects, reptiles, and the beautiful landscape of trails, mountains, geysers, rivers, waterfalls and much more.  


Be filled with a childhood sense of awe and wonder! 

I wrote a HuffPost piece on the 100th anniversary of National Park Service and our national parks. Click here to read Keep You Childlike Sense of Wonder Alive in America's National Parks.


My other article How to Enjoy the National Parks: Plan and Hike Safely is published in my blog. I provide tips for packing, planning, and having an awesome time in the national parks. 


Here's my review of Temple Tempest Williams' memoir about her experience with the national parks - The Hour of the Land

Go ahead! Take a hike! Click on slide show and click on each national park link and have an awesome adventure! I am happy to share it with you! Happy Trails!

"Keep close to Nature's heart...and break clear away, once in awhile, and 

climb a mountain

or spend  a week in the woods. Wash your Spirit clean" 

~ John Muir