I’m on vacation with my family this week, frolicking with bears and wolves in Yellowstone National Park and visiting the wilds of Montana where my parents spend their summer. I’m also probably busy yelling at my kids to stop fighting in the back seat of our rental car. Such is life, no? But while we are seeing the sights in a hopefully clean and comfortable rental car, I used to spend my summers driving through America in a relatively nice, if ugly, RV. This handsome 1970s Sportscoach was affectionately named “Betsy” by our family: Betsy took us to every state (except Hawaii–we had to fly there obviously!) I’ve seen so many National Parks that I can’t remember their names. Which made me curious. I certainly love Yellowstone – the mountains, the animals, the geothermal features. Yet Glacier National Park also holds a place in my heart. It’s got mountains and animals, too, and it’s where my husband and I spent our honeymoon so long ago. The Grand Canyon is also gorgeous and awe-inspiring. And, now that I live in Michigan, I’m amazed by the sand and water at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (okay, okay, so it’s not a National PARK but it’s close enough!). Tell me about your favorite National Park (or National something). I’ve probably been to it growing up, but was too busy moaning and groaning about why Dad didn’t stop at every Dairy Queen to fully appreciate it! Midway Basin Geyser picture courtesy of aeypix/Freedigitalphotos.net
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