Happy 100th Birthday to the National Parks: Utah in Video
The “Mighty 5” National Parks of Utah have long been on my bucket list. It is one of those trips which I carry over each year because I never manage to set aside enough time. As my mom and I were discussing vacation plans for the upcoming year, we decided we had to do a national park trip in honor of the 100th year anniversary of the National Park Services (NPS) and Utah ended up being the decisive winner. At the conclusion of the trip, I realized I only had two regrets about our pick, 1) not visiting sooner and 2) not staying longer. We traveled with my family and between all our crazy schedules we only had 9 days of exploring to dedicate to this trip, which only means we have fine-tuned the places we want to return to for our next visit!
With 9 days in Southern Utah we visited 5 national parks, 1 Navajo tribal park, 1 state park, went white water rafting, drove over 1,600 miles and hiked close to 70 miles. While it was a busy week, there was also plenty of time for relaxing and taking in the beauty that abounds in Southern Utah. We were lucky enough to visit during the actual 100th birthday of the NPS on August 25th and it made me incredibly grateful to the early adventurers and conservationists who discovered and preserved these places for future generations.
One of my favorite quotes about the national parks was from Lyndon B. Johnson which I discovered on a plaque as we were getting ready to start the Queen’s Trail / Navajo Loop in Bryce. “If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave a glimpse of the world as it was when it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it.” In world where technological improvements reign supreme, let’s hope our generation can put an equal amount of focus to preserving these national parks and historical sites for hundreds of years to come.
A little glimpse of our trip to Utah via video below. More details to come on the national parks in the coming weeks!
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