Happy 112th anniversary to Muir Woods National Monument!
On January 9, 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt created the Muir Woods National Monument named after conservationist John Muir. Muir Woods became the 7th National Monument and was the first one created from land donated by a private individual.
Muir Woods lies in the middle of the redwood’s latitudinal range that spans from the California/Oregon border to Big Sur, just south of Monterey. And it is quite easy to get to from San Francisco!
Muir Woods is a great place to see some amazing redwood trees, check out the history here, and take in a few hikes! If you’re in the Bay Area, I highly recommend that you check out Muir Woods National Monument!
A couple of weekends ago, we headed away for the weekend to Mammoth Lakes in California.
Fall in the mountains just rocks! I love the cool, mountain, fresh air and cold temperatures once the sun goes down.
While there, we originally talked about doing a day in Yosemite. But, we decided to check out Devils Postpile National Monument instead and could not be more happy with our decision!
We started our day there enjoying a hike to Rainbow Falls. Gotta love a 101 foot high waterfall and one that reflects rainbows! 🌈
The trail intersects with the PCT and JMT which is pretty cool to see a tiny bit of those two iconic trails.
After the hike, we took a bus over to the Devils Postpile ranger station. Our kids got their junior ranger books there.
We hiked to see the Devils Postpile. Pretty cool to see the lava formations in the mountain and know how many years ago it all happened. It reminds you of the magnitude of earth and time here compared to us little humans.
Established as a national monument in 1911, this is really cool to see in person!
Our daughter’s little stuffed friend joined us in the national monument as well!
While lesser known than the nearby Yosemite National Park, Devils Postpile National Monument is definitely worth a visit!
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!
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!
Recently, we visited Chicago and Indiana to see family and show the kids some fun there. During this trip, we visited a national park! And we got see a newly designated one!
Indiana Dunes National Park sits along the southern shore of Lake Michigan in northwestern Indiana. This national lakeshore became a national park as of February this year.
We checked out the visitor center first and our kids become junior rangers there! As I’ve mentioned, you definitely need to check out the junior ranger activities at our national parks! Great way to get the kids involved and learn something!
At the center, we read up on the park, watched the short history film, and even bought our youngest a junior ranger vest and hat. 😍
I love learning cool facts about the park like the fact that Lake Michigan took form 11,000 years ago when the Wisconsin glacier began to melt.
We headed to the shoreline and parked by the Kemil Road Access Point. We enjoyed seeing the lake and let the two kids skip some rocks.
We had to drive over and check out the park’s most dynamic dune, Mount Baldy. Mount Baldy stands 126 feet tall. To see this powerful dune, you need to take a short, fun trail to reach the beach from the parking area. It’s a fun little hike!
If you’re in the Chicago or Indiana area, check out our 61st national park and the first national Park in Indiana.
A few weeks ago, our daughter brought Bunny along on a hike. This weekend, Lilly, a purple stuffed bunny, joined us. And Lilly got to ride a Barbie scooter in the air! Pretty lucky stuffed animal! Woody and Buzz would be jealous!
Pre-children, I would have laughed seeing a purple bunny on a scooter out on a hike.
Now, it seems normal. And it makes a hike so much more fun for a 7 year old! She loved bringing her friend along for our 3 mile hike!
“Mommy, take lots of pictures of Lilly!” So, I did! It made me smile too!
Bring a friend and enjoy a hike! 🐰👣And enjoy a smile! 😍
P.S. It’s also a great way to celebrate a birthday!
Happy National Trails Day today! Today kicks off the Great Outdoors Month of June!
Did you know that there are over 18,000 miles of trails in the national park system? And did you know that there are 158,000 miles of trails in national forests and grasslands? So, we have lots of trails to explore in the United States!
Enjoy this day and month and find a trail to enjoy! Happy National Trails Day! 👣☀️