Happy Birthday National Park Service

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August is still a ways away, but I wanted to give you all plenty of time to plan for a huge birthday.  This isn’t just any birthday; the National Park Service turns 100 years old.  This huge birthday presents an awesome opportunity.  I challenge each and every one of you to pay respects and visit as many of the national parks as you can in 2016.  They are scattered all over the US. Pick up a park pass and see how many you can visit.

Although 2016 is the 100th birthday for the National Park Service, the ball started rolling long before.  On March 1, 1872, Yellowstone National Park was designated the first National Park in the United States.  44 years later, on August 25, 1916, the National Park Service was created.  The National Park Service has spent the last 100 years preserving some of the most amazing wild places in the United States.

How many times have you looked at a picture of El Capitan, bison roaming through Yellowstone, or an alligator in the Everglades; and thought to yourself about how much you want to see these things in person.  Now is the perfect to to do it.  The problem is, there are so many awesome parks all across the nation.  If you are like me, there is no way to see all of them.  We will have to pick and choose which parks we can visit.  Sounds like it is time for a good ole road trip.  Pack up the car, start driving, and see where you end up.  No matter what direction you drive, there will be stunning views and incredible experiences awaiting you.

We would love to hear from all of you.  If you end up going to any of the National Parks, send us pictures, videos, or stories of your ventures.  You can email us at grindstonesabbatical@gmail.com.

Happy Birthday National Park Service!!!

Grahm

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