Thank You!

Happy Thanksgiving! 🍁

Thank you for following this blog! I really appreciate it and super thankful for you all! I just wanted to send out a special post expressing my gratitude to you. ❤️

Mo Willems says it best in this great book about saying thank you –

Hope you all enjoy this holiday! 🦃🍽🍁🍾❤️

5 Gifts for National Park Fans

National parks visitor numbers continue to rise as more people discover our nation’s treasures.  As the season of gift-giving starts, national parks can provide some unique gifts for all the fans in your lives. With many options out there, it can be hard deciding on the perfect gift.

I have searched and rounded up these unique ideas for your friends and families who love the national parks suited for a variety of ages and at reasonable prices:  

1. Yahtzee: National Parks Edition game

It’s just like the original Yahtzee game, but has unique, colorful dice and a barrel-themed cup. A portion of the proceeds for this game benefit the National Parks Foundation.

2.  Uncommon Ground’s Redwood & Saguaro Crystal Growing Kit

Kids will love this science fun of crystals forming on paper in this cool kit.

3. Turtle Tube: An Erutuf National Park Novel by Kathy Arnold Cherry

In this new children’s book, siblings Reese and Dean’s wild adventure at Erutuf National Park is sure to expand the reader’s imagination and, likely, a curiosity about animals and the world through a magical national park.

4. Swiftwick National Parks socks

Instead of giving boring black socks, add some splash to someone’s wardrobe with one of the 11 national parks.

5. Park Project’s National Parks Candles

Why not bring the scent of a certain national park to someone’s home? Give the unique scents of redwoods or lodgepole pines to a friend or family to enjoy.

Happy gift shopping for your national park fans!

I Love to Write Day

Happy I Love to Write Day!

This day was founded in 2002 by author John Riddle, a non-fiction and self-help writer, to encourage children writing in schools and even encourage adults to pick up a pen.

To celebrate today, you can write a loved one a letter, create a poem, write a short story, start a novel, finish a novel, or write anything. It doesn’t have to be long. Jot down a few words.

Happy I Love to Write Day!

Veterans Day

This Thursday, we celebrate and honor our military veterans as a federal holiday.

Many of our national parks have direct connections to the American military. In fact, we have dozens of national sites, battlefields, and parks that honor American veterans.

In honor of this day, the National Park Service invites all visitors to visit any National Park Service site for free on Veterans Day.

World War II Memorial in Washington DC

Take a moment to honor, thank, and remember our veterans on this day.

Happy Veterans Day! And thank you to all the brave veterans out there!

Dictionary Day

Happy Dictionary Day!

dictionary

Today celebrates the birthday of Noah Webster born in 1758. Noah Webster is considered to be the Father of the American Dictionary. The objective of this day is to emphasize the importance of dictionary skills and to improve vocabulary.

To honor this fun day, pick up a dictionary and find a new word or two to learn today!

Happy reading and learning!

White House

Happy 229th anniversary to the White House!

Construction started on this iconic building back 229 years ago in Washington DC. Every President except George Washington has resided here 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 229th!

Mad Hatter Day

“A land was full of wonder, mystery, and danger. Some say, to survive it, you need to be as mad as a hatter. Which, luckily, I am.” ~ Mad Hatter, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Happy Mad Hatter Day! Yes, it’s a day! It’s a day set aside to bring out your silly side. Today, October 6th, matches the label tucked in the Mad Hatter’s hat that reads “In this style 10/6.”

To celebrate this fun holiday: enjoy some tea; read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; tell some fun riddles or puns; wear a hat; or watch the movie Alice in Wonderland.

My daughter and I are enjoying this classic novel together at the moment.

Happy Mad Hatter Day! Enjoy an excuse to act silly! 😉

Dinosaur National Monument

What do you call a T. Rex who hates losing? A saur loser! 🙂

Happy 106th anniversary to Dinosaur National Monument!

A few years ago, we traveled from California to Colorado. We really enjoyed this national monument! 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.

In addition to this hall, 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. 

National Trails System Act

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 more than 60,000 miles.

Enjoy a fun map! Click here for a map of all the trails in the system.

To celebrate this 53rd anniversary, go and get out on a trail today!

Devils Postpile National Monument, CA