In July, we visited the Yellowstone National Park. We had a few must-see items on our list and it included the Grand Prismatic Springs.
We had missed seeing it on previous trips to Yellowstone, but I had seen photos and could not wait to see it in person! I should disclose that I love rainbows, color, and volcanic activity, so could not wait!
We had warnings of the crowds, so we started our day early. We enjoyed a nice hike to the area and then hiked up to the overlook.
These springs look amazing! 🌈 You can really see the rainbow of colors! It’s not photoshopped or edited and looks just as beautiful as the photos (if not more so). Gotta love that bacteria giving us these colors!
This is the largest hot springs in the United States and the third largest in the world.
Hayden Expedition of 1871 leader Ferdinand Hayden said this about the Grand Prismatic, “Nothing ever conceived by human art could equal the peculiar vividness and delicacy of color of these remarkable prismatic springs. Life becomes a privilege and a blessing after one has seen and thoroughly felt these incomparable types of nature’s cunning skill.“
Add this amazing and beautiful hot springs to your bucket list to see in person! 🌈😊
Happy 227th anniversary to the White House!
Construction started on this iconic building back 227 years ago in Washington DC. Every President since John Adams has lived in it since 1800. The White House stands about 55,000 square feet, six floors, and has 132 rooms.
A few fun facts about the White House:
• John Quincy Adams established the first flower garden.
• There are 35 bathrooms, 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases and 3 elevators in the White House.
• It would take 570 gallons of paint to cover the entire outside surface of the White House.
• A swimming pool was added to the White House in 1933 to help polio-stricken Franklin Roosevelt exercise his upper body. In 1969, Richard Nixon had the pool filled in to create an area for press to gather. Gerald Ford had an outdoor pool built in 1975.
• President Carter had the first computer and laser printer installed in the White House in 1978.
• The White House has a bowling alley, flower shop, dentist office, and carpenter’s office located on site.
Happy anniversary to the White House!
Happy 104th anniversary to Dinosaur National Monument!
A few years ago, we planned a vacation to Colorado and we planned on driving from California to Colorado. At the time, our son loved dinosaurs! I mean really loved them and even talked about growing up to become a paleontologist! After some discussions and checking out the routes, we decided to stop by this national monument and check it out.
We really enjoyed this national monument! Our son loved seeing real dinosaur fossils!
From the Quarry Visitor Center, we took a shuttle up to the Quarry Exhibit Hall.
In this hall, you can see approximately 1,500 dinosaur bones! There are even some places where you can touch them!
Our future paleontologist loved this national monument!
Beyond the dinosaurs, there is much more to do in the monument. For example, you can check out carvings in the rocks, called petroglyphs, left by the Fremont people nearly 1,000 years ago. You can also take a hike, go camping, go fishing, or watch wildlife like elk or bighorn sheep there.
Definitely check out this national monument if you’re in the Utah or Colorado area.
To celebrate this anniversary or if you can’t wait to visit there, click here and check out their Junior Ranger activity book.
The National Trails System Act created the National Trails System back today in 1968. The Act created national trails to promote the enjoyment and appreciation of trails while encouraging greater public access.
The Act established four classes of trails: national scenic trails, national historic trails, national recreation trails, and side or connecting trails.
The first two national scenic trails established under the Act were the Appalachian and the Pacific Crest trails. These two trails cover almost 5,000 miles between the two trails and go through some of our nation’s most beautiful areas.
Today, the system consists of 30 National Scenic and Historic Trails and over 1,000 National Recreation Trail and two connecting-and-side trails, with a total length of more than 50,000 miles.
Check out this video made last year for the 50th anniversary. It’s less than a minute! Click here.
I love maps, so had to share one! Click here for a map of all the trails in the system.
To celebrate this 51st anniversary, go and get out on a trail today!
Happy 129th anniversary to Yosemite National Park!
In 1890, President Benjamin Harrison signed the legislation creating the nation’s third national park. The establishment of Yosemite National Park preserved over 1,500 square miles of land.
Yosemite National Park is located in central California in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Yosemite ignites many images when you say its name. It’s hard not to picture the iconic Half Dome or Yosemite Falls. You can also find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more.
This park has some cool history facts here too. For one, America’s first female park ranger in the National Park Service came from Yosemite National Park. I highlighted Clare Marie Hodges in this blog post here.
Yosemite has a long history with junior rangers. It had a Junior Nature School that was organized in June 1930 and went until 1954. Could you pass a 1933 junior ranger test? The national park service has one on their website. Try it here.
Definitely put Yosemite National Park on your bucket list of places to visit and check out the cool landscapes and history at this national park!
Today celebrates National Public Lands Day!
Started in 1994, “It celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation, and health benefits.”
Get outside and celebrate this day!
Visit a national park for free today, volunteer outside at a local park, and enjoy time outside!
Happy 129th anniversary to Sequoia National Park! On this day, President Harrison signed legislation creating America’s second national park. It was the first national park created to protect the giant sequoia trees from logging. In 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt added the Kings Canyon National Park to Sequoia to have these national parks operate jointly.
We visited Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park about eight years ago. Enjoy a few photos from our visit there.
The Ash Mountain Entrance:
Tunnel Rock (original granite tunnel was built in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps and this narrow passageway was the only route through until the highway was widened in 1997. You can still walk underneath or on top of the rock if you can hike up it):
Giant Forest (large sequoia grove):
General Sherman (largest living sequoia tree standing about 275 feet tall):
John Muir reflected that giant sequoia groves are “not like places, they are like haunts.” Happy 129th, Sequoia National Park!