NP - East and Midwest

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!

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.

View from Acadia National Park Cadillac Mountain

Acadia NP and Portland, ME

Acadia is the first Eastern National Park.  It gets its name from a place near and dear to me and my family; Acadia.  The park is incredibly beautiful, and a short drive from Boston.

Cadillac Mountain is the tallest mountain on the Atlantic Coast.

Samuel Champlain, a French navigator and cartographer, sailed by Mount Desert Island in 1604 and named it "Isles des Monts Desert" ... "island of barren mountains."

Learn more about this park at the National Park Service site:


Congaree NP – The Newest of the National Parks

Congaree is the newest of the National Parks.  Randy and I had a special visitor from London, our friend Mark, who celebrated American Thanksgiving with us in South Carolina before visiting this park.

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