The idea came to us while on my birthday vacation to Carlsbad Caverns National Park and was inspired by our friends who recently completed their goal of summiting 52 peaks in one year. As admirers of the American’s National Parks, Mark and I thought it would be fun to attempt to visit 12 parks in 12 months in 2014.
The National Parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst. – Wallace Stegner
Living here in Albuquerque, we are in easy proximity to 52 parks, monuments, recreation areas and historical sites. In addition, we’ll likely have an opportunity to travel to a few of California’s and Oregon’s beautiful parks. The key requirement we’ve set so far is that each site must be new for the both of us (while Mark has an additional rule that it also should be near a golf course).
During the past 3 years, we have had the opportunity to visit some amazing National Parks already. You can read more about our adventures and view the photos in these previous blog posts:
- Grandiose memories (Grand Canyon)
- Big tree huggers (Sequoia)
- Summertime in the Sandias Rocks (Petroglyph)
We each have our own top 5 list of the parks we’d like to visit for 2014, of course, only the next few months will reveal what parks we’ll be able to fit into our schedule. My ultimate plan is to post the photos and stories here on the My Hankerings blog.
Life is an adventure. Savor it. – Karli Massey
Karli’s top 5 list of National Parks to visit in 2014:
- Chaco Canyon
- Mesa Verde
- Joshua Tree
- White Sands
To get whet your appetite for this year’s adventures, below are some of the photos from our trip to Carlsbad Caverns last November. We had great memories of that trip and can’t wait to report back on 12 more extraordinary park experiences this year.