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Why You Should Visit a National Park

Arches National Park

  One of my life goals is to visit every single national park in the United States. Whether it is the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, the gentle giant trees in Redwood NP, or the stalactites and stalagmites of Mammoth Cave, natural wonders abound. I admit that I am not well traveled. I got a late start. My husband’s and my parents rarely left town. As a result, there are lots of places we hope to see, and we are trying to give our daughter great life experiences. National parks offer something special.  With the right planning, they can make a very affordable vacation or weekend trip as well. National Park Costs National park entrance fees vary, but are usually around $10. Admission is usually good for seven days and is per car load, not per person.  The most expensive entrance fee I’ve seen is for the Grand Canyon at $25. I imagine the more popular parks like Yellowstone and Yosemite are similar. The National Parks Service offers several free admission days throughout the year. For 2012, the remaining days are this Saturday, September 29th and Veterans Day weekend, November 10-12.  In some parks, there is a volunteer program where you can earn ...

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Save Money on Vacation (Rednecks Go to Hollywood)

  Sometimes it is really easy to save money on vacation by having absolutely no idea what you are doing. I’m feeling a bit preachy after my last post, so today, I’ll go in a different direction and poke fun at myself a bit.  At the suggestion of Average Joe from a comment I left on his post about his first fancy hotel stay, I’ve decided to share some life lessons I’ve learned from my first major travel experience. I grew up in rural Kentucky (population 3000). There were many wonderful things about living there like the sweetness of the people, KY wildcat basketball, and iced tea, but nobody ever really traveled.  People from my hometown only went to Panama City, Gulf Shores, or Myrtle Beach for vacation.  You never went to a city unless you had a doctor’s appointment. My parents always thought our hometown was the best place in the world. Besides the two obligatory trips to Florida, we never really went anywhere. I’ve always been adventurous. I felt for a long time like I was switched at birth, but I look just like my dad. Maybe they dropped me on my head when I was a baby. ...

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