National Parks

Congaree NP – Trails

Congaree National Park is the largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States. Randy and I hiked with Lucy and Dixie on Easter Sunday on our trip back to Winchester from Charleston. As you can see from their muddy paws, these little old beagles still love exploring with their dads. We visited Congaree ten years ago, when the park was a new addition to the National Parks. Since then, many boardwalks and trails have been added to make the park more accessible. We definitely walked off jelly beans and chocolate bunnies this Easter!

Isle Royale NP

This was our final park on the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service.  We are now official Park Collectors that have visited all 59 parks.  The 100 year anniversary cake was a perfect touch to celebrate our collection of the parks on August 25, 2016.

…and I loved the Milky Way shots at 1:30 a.m. the most.

Shenandoah NP – Hike

Acadia National Park Cadillac Mountain Randy Foster Lucy Dixie Sunset

Acadia NP Celebration

Randy chose to spend his 50th birthday in Acadia National Park, not far from where we own land in Maine.

Acadia is one of the most beautiful places on the East coast, and one of only a handful of American National Parks not on the Western half of the country.  With my Acadian ancestry, and a family that comes from the state of Maine, this is a really special place to me.

American Samoa NP – Ofu

American Samoa is a group of islands in the South Pacific comprised primarily of Tutuila and the Manu’a Islands (Ofu, Olosega and Ta’u).  It is located about 2600 miles Southwest of Hawaii and about 4800 miles southwest of the mainland United States.  Samoa (formerly Western Samoa)  is its closes neighbor, but on the other side of the International Date Line, making American Samoa one day behind Samoa.

The Samoa Islands are part of Polynesia, and have been populated for over 3000 years.  Samoa is believed to be the birthplace of the Polynesian culture.

The lagoon along the south coast of Ofu offers the best snorkeling waters in the park.

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