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I Love National Parks

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    I went to a lot of National Parks,

    and adventures when I was little with my mom and dad. I never went on a road-trip with both of them at the same time, but I used to go on them separately. Most of them were with my mom. I have a pin from each park I have been to with her. Sadly I haven't been to any national...
    colorstone colorstone 31-35, M 1 Response Sep 25

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    California

    I have been to many National Parks in the United States.  I have traveled through most of the US except New England.  Considering both my grandfathers were born in Boston, you would think I would have gotten there by now. I am a West Coaster at heart.  Born and...
    rw5453 rw5453 56-60, M Jun 30, 2009

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    Relaxing And Recuperating After A Long But Peaceful Week.

    I currently work with the National Park Service. I spend my winter months as a park ranger doing interpretation and summer months working as a biology technician working with wildlife. I work at Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Badlands NP is home to a variety of...
    rcrenegade rcrenegade 41-45, M Aug 27, 2010

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    An Unintentional Quest...

    I’ve had the great fortunate of traveling all over the country, visiting almost every state on business and/or pleasure.  Whenever it is business, I make sure to include some pleasure and slowdown time.  But a favorite thing to do is visit our National Parks.  It is a...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Apr 3, 2012

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    Westward

    For one reason or another I still have not made it to Arches, Zion, Sequoia, or Yellowstone. From all the photos and footage seen, I'd likely not want to leave once I got there. They look to be the type of places that I'd like to call home... Anyone been?
    gotsalsa gotsalsa 41-45, M 3 Responses Apr 2, 2012

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    Retirement Strategy

    I sure hope I make my goal of living as a full time RVer and bouncing from park to park after retire.ment. I've visited many, worked at almost a dozen, and even attended a ranger talk on my honeymoon (at Wright Brothers in North Carolina). I've looked into the Good Sam's Club and...
    quieter quieter 46-50, F 1 Response Aug 22, 2011

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    Visiting National Parks

    I am trying to visit as many national parks as I can. I have taken my family to numerous National parks during our vacations for about the last 10 years. We have been to Yellowstone, Glacier , Mt Rainer , Olympic , Mt St Helens, Arches, Grand Canyon to name a few. We love to...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 18, 2013

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    National Battlefields

    I am not a militarist, but you cannot not but be moved at many of the Civil War battlefields, realizing what happened there and how many died. I hope we never let those be "privatized."
    HStoner HStoner 51-55, M 4 Responses Apr 19, 2011

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    I Love

    i love national parks they are so beautiful . i would love to go to yellowstone national park.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 22, 2010

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    Yosemite Is My Favorite

    I have been to quite a few over the years, but Yosemite is my favorite.  In my youth I would spend more time in the high country, but now I like to stay in the valley.  Curry village is my favoritelace to stay in the park.  I like the history and wish I had...
    gettinsum1 gettinsum1 56-60, M 1 Response Feb 5, 2010

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    Good Times

    In my 20's I worked in almost every national park across the west. Plus I've been in the forest service. Why did I ever leave to pursue a 'real' career? Looking back, when I was in either, it was the best times of my life. I wonder if I'm too old to go back.
    Ivycreek Ivycreek 46-50, F 2 Responses Oct 22, 2013

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    I Dream To Visit All National Parks Possible.

    My family and I took our first road trip about 4 years ago to the Grand Canyon. It was a beautiful experience. We stayed in the main campground, which made it even more magical. When we got there we first set up our campground. I could not wait to get my first glimpse of the...
    xedout1985 xedout1985 26-30, F Oct 11, 2013

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    Passport

    My husband and I get 5 weeks off a year for vacation.  We try to always spend at least 2 of those weeks going to National Parks.  When we started dating we bought the National Park Passport books.  We have filled one and have moved on to the 3-ring binder versions...
    Krypton Krypton 31-35, F 5 Responses Feb 5, 2009

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    Acadia

    Have been there a couple of times...the views are breathtaking and it's a very peaceful place.
    Dragon56 Dragon56 56-60, M Nov 10, 2009

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    Beautiful Trip

    Just returned from a great vacation.  While roaming the western states we visited The Badlands,  Zion National Park, Arches Monument NP, Brice Canyon NP, Yellowstone, Theodore Roosevelt NP and the Dixie National Forest.  What fantastic scenery.  Missed...
    rhettbuttler69 rhettbuttler69 61-65, M 1 Response Jul 3, 2009

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    I Love National Parks!

    National Parks are the most beautiful places on Earth.  They are saved land exactly for that reason!  I've only been to a few: Death Valley, Yosemite, Zion, Grand Canyon, Redwood, Lassen, but there's so many more I want to go to!
    Babeifer Babeifer 26-30, F Feb 3, 2009

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    The US has added number 397 with today being the dedication of Paterson Falls. As you drive Route 80 through Northern New Jersey you can often see the mist as you pass them.  These falls were the beginning of the industrialization of New Jersey, powering the silk mills and...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Nov 7, 2011

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    Related Experiences

    I live in Florida and enjoy exploring many places. Was wondering if anyone if Florida could give me some suggestions? No national parks or anything please. Just woods and places...
    Earthbound93 Earthbound93 18-21, F Sep 26

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    Bus Ride Sunny golden skies Sleep sun sleep Skies turn to deep crimson Oh how lovely ******** Nighttime lights All sparkle aglow Hollywood signs Amusement parks With thrill...
    mguinm mguinm 41-45, F 5 hrs ago

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    The History of Halloween...Source: http://www.halloweenhistory.org/Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31. The word Halloween is a shortening of All Hallows...
    HayBail HayBail 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 9

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    I propose that my fellow Americans become Disabled Nationalist. What is a Disabled Nationalist ? Well ; 1) It does NOT teach, believe or advocate discrimination, hate or a...
    CrippledAvenger CrippledAvenger 41-45, M 1 Response Oct 5

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    I have never been to Serbia. I have never met in person anyone from there. And nevertheless I feel this country very close due to the outrageous way it has been treated by the...
    Danceofhours Danceofhours 36-40, M a week ago

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    Ok this is a story of my debauchery on two occasions. The first was in the service stationed at a town of a lot of nationalities.. Scottish Irish Scandinavians etc... a St...
    OkCountryBoy OkCountryBoy 66-70, M 1 Response Oct 11

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    My parents upset me so much. My soldier and I have been dating for two years. We want to get married one day. I'm a senior in high school getting ready to go to college. My dad...
    AaronsGirl9112 AaronsGirl9112 16-17, F Oct 1

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    Tomorrow if its nice I'll go to the beach.(very small fee and free after 5pm)I'll probably walk a couple of miles to get some exercise. Its five minutes away. Its almost autumn...
    Nubiannqueen Nubiannqueen 31-35, F 6 Responses 6 days ago

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    Lately I have been smoking in state parks. I honestly don't know why I hadn't thought of this sooner. It's been nothing short of great.
    purposebuilt purposebuilt 22-25, M Sep 26

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    The Rainbow Eucalyptus is a large tree, which stands for spectacular colors of your torso. It is the only representative of the genus Eucalyptus that occurs naturally in the...
    lovingCuteSmartGirl lovingCuteSmartGirl 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 28

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    I have some coins from The Netherlands, Scotland and a lot of Canada dollars. I have 2 £ 2 coins 2 Olympic loonies the Boreal forest too is, 2 toonies from 2012 and a toonie form...
    Balloonboy33 Balloonboy33 26-30, M Sep 29

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    Another day passed and I slept, tired from yet another late night. As it is night here now I lay on the sofa with only the flickering light of the many candles placed about the...
    BeautyDebased BeautyDebased 31-35, F Oct 9

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    Another day, Another week , yet another weekend.. it's always amazing & that's what makes you look forward to the weekends ... A hike in the mountains or a biking trip in the...
    uselessguy uselessguy 36-40, M a week ago

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    I recently tried it a few nights ago and I must say, it feels quite exhilarating. I went to one of the parks in town and snuck behind a tree. It was really late so nobody was...
    TheBirthdayMassacre TheBirthdayMassacre 18-21, M 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    Pink Rabbits The National I couldn't find quiet I went out in the rain I was just soakin' my head to unrattle my brain Somebody said you disappeared in a crowd I didn't...
    Raindancej Raindancej 36-40, M Sep 29

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    My boyfriend and I have only been dating two months now. I used to be one of those people that would roll my eyes whenever anyone claimed to be in love soon after starting a...
    Lavenderrrr Lavenderrrr 18-21, F Oct 1

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    I just love how rebellious and anti-mainstream punk rock music is! I can really relate to it, especially with bands like Youth Brigade, Green Day (even though theyre pop punk), The...
    worldwideunity7 worldwideunity7 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 3

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    i think nature is beautiful. but all i see is roads and pollution. but some times you find a place out side that is just, perfect. the grass is green. the air is fresh, the water...
    liajip liajip 13-15, F 3 Responses Oct 3

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    For those who didn't know, I've been cycling for a year now, I first struggle with 7miles now I find my self doing 70miles, time trials, hill climbs and all sorts! I love it! Now I...
    Adam352 Adam352 18-21, M 1 Response Oct 4

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    So apparently it's national coming out day. I just wanna say.... I love my boyfriend! Haha I'm not coming out or anything, just thought I would take this opportunity to say how...
    lizygurl lizygurl 18-21, F Oct 12

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    Well with buck shot eyes and a purple heart I rolled down the national stroll And with a big fat paycheck Strapped to my hip sack And a shore leave wristwatch underneath my...
    AdamV13 AdamV13 70+, M Oct 14

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    I love animals but I'm not against hunting! Please take the time to watch this YouTube video on how a few wolves changed the landscape and the flow of the rivers, in Yellowstone...
    Jpfunjunky Jpfunjunky 31-35, M 2 Responses a week ago

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    “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” ― Charles M. SchulzHappy National Chocolate Cupcake Day!
    intrigued4life intrigued4life 36-40, F 4 days ago

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    Slow Show The National (A perfect song) Standing at the punch table, swallowing punch Cant pay attention to the sound of anyone A little more stupid, a little more scared Every...
    Raindancej Raindancej 36-40, M 3 days ago

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    Art without color would lose much of its purpose.. At the National art gallery
    daneean daneean 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 28

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    Happy National Coffee Day September 29!
    jml2000 jml2000 56-60, M 4 Responses Sep 29

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    If I can't post my story, I'm at least posting the preamble goddammit. The other day I was having a rather heated argument with someone over a particular minority. I had...
    TheDaken TheDaken 26-30, M 2 Responses Sep 29

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    It's national coffee day :) I started my day with a cup of hot coffee! Yum Yum
    Scax Scax 16-17, F 4 Responses Sep 29

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    I have ever since I can remember. My Dad took me to my first game when I too young to understand what was going on. Been told the fireworks and loud cheers ending the National...
    lakersfan26 lakersfan26 26-30, M Oct 1

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    The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio
    JosephSpartanCrimson JosephSpartanCrimson 26-30, M Oct 3

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    Slipped The National I'm in the city you hated My eyes are fallen Counting the clicks with the living dead My eyes are red I'm in the crush and I hate it My eyes are fallen I'm...
    Raindancej Raindancej 36-40, M 2 Responses Oct 5

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    I just came back from an almost 3 weeks vacation. Yea.. I went to backpacking around Australia w my friends. Basically 2 cities, Melbourne, Sydney and more than 4 suburbs I think...
    red4x red4x 26-30, M 5 Responses Oct 6

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