As you probably have heard, this year is the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. In celebration, all National Parks are offering free admission from August 25th (the actual birthday) through the weekend until August 28th. Here is a link to more details, NPS 100th Birthday.
If the notice is a little short for a big road trip to a major park, still click on the link and use the search function to find the NP closest to your home. Too often we overlook those little gems that we live close to, but this weekend would be a great time to make a quick visit. And if you are fortunate like we are, it could be that one of the most majestic parks around is just a half day away. If you find yourself in Glacier this weekend, keep an eye out for us!
by harley mcAllister
With the Centennial celebration of the NPS and cheap gas prices this summer, Yellowstone set a new record for visitation this past month of July, and is about 6.5% of last years record breaking pace. Here are more specifics, https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/news/16048.htm. There is still time left this summer to make it out there!
And if you don't care for the crowds we highly recommend visiting in September if your schedule allows. The evenings will be frosty, but the crowds will be thin, the colors will be changing, and the elk will be bugling. It is a magical time in the park! If you do go, check the park website to see which campgrounds and other locations might be closing as several of them do start to shut down as the month of September wears on.
We, Harley and Abby, are the parents of 7 boys and 1 girl whom we regularly drag into any and every national park we come near to. We love our parks and know that the only chance we have of keeping and maintaining this priceless resource is to give our children a love of them too.