Thursday, July 24, 2014

Spin Cycle--Parks and Recreation

My thinking on Parks and Recreation is split between the national parks we love to visit for the scenery and the park that is a block from our house.
We love visiting national parks and have a goal of visiting all the national parks west of the Mississippi before we can't travel any more.  If we make that goal early, we will be looking at the national parks east of the Mississippi.  Unofficial in that goal is that the parks be in the contiguous states.  If we make Hawaii and Alaska, we will visit some national parks while there, but I know we won't visit them all.
The National Parks we have visited so far: Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Rocky Mountain, Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, And Death Valley. We will be making the trek to others as we can plan them.  Summer raod trips are made for visiting National Parks.
Rocky Mountain National Park

Death Valley

Grand Canyon.
As for the park just a block from our house, we enjoy having it there.  It's a great place to send Turbo to walk Thullee.  I spent two summer running around it, until I stopped running because I hate running. The palyground equipment leaves something to be desired:
It's more modern art than something kids can actually play on.
Our kids do find some of the park equipment fun:

Even the big kids.
So do you have a park you love to visit or do you like visiting national parks? Put your spin on Parks and Recreation and join Gretchen and Ginny Marie, they would love to have you!

Second Blooming


  1. We love both National Parks and the parks by our house! I love your goal of visiting all the Natl. Parks west of the Mississippi. My husband has been trying to get us to as many parks as possible when we are are vacation. Last year we went to the Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest and Mesa Verde. He plans some great vacations for us!

  2. You have been to some very beautiful National Parks. I hope you achieve your goal and get to see all the parks west of the Mississippi!

  3. Do you ladies have one of the Park Passports that are stamped? Gene does but he forgets every time we go to the parks. He knew a lady that had been to all the National Parks including Alaska and Hawaii. Good luck on seeing them all!

  4. Around Crazyville we only visit the local parks. I am not brave enough to put 3 kids under 7 in a long car ride. Call me chicken.

    My kids love the local parks. It is a great place to burn off some extra energy and meet new friends.


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