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I am a New York-based writer, travel lover, and author of The Drive North and Destination Paranormal. I have several other books in the works, including fiction.

Three of My Favorite National Parks

Santa Elena Canyon in Texas' Big Bend National Park

Santa Elena Canyon in Texas’ Big Bend National Park

U.S. national parks are closed, because the American federal government is stupid and has shutdown. Some state governors may open their parks using state funds. Until that point, all I can do is look at my pictures – as well as a funny photo I found on Facebook (below) – and dream of going for a hike in what was once considered “America’s best idea.”

Hiking amongst the redwoods in California's John Muir National Monument

Hiking amongst the redwoods in California’s John Muir National Monument

Ouzel Lake in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park

Ouzel Lake in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park

This about says it all.

This about says it all.

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5 Comments on “Three of My Favorite National Parks”

  1. Don Nadeau (@DonNadeau) October 11, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    Hi Jason, nice choices!

    The Muir Woods though are merely a very convenient and beautiful introduction to the majesty of a redwood forest. Hopefully, you will visit places such as Humboldt Redwoods State Park and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park north of Muir Woods.

    There are two scenic drives in the heart of the redwoods that should not be missed: The well-known Avenue of the Giants and the far lesser known but equally as worthwhile Newton B Drury Scenic Parkway.

    Staying on the 101 Freeway in this area would be a terrible shame.

    • Jason's Travels October 11, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

      I’d love to drive farther north, Don, and see more of the redwoods. They’re spectacular. On this particular trip, though, I only had time to stop into Muir. Hopefully sometime soon!

  2. The Guy October 11, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    It is a great shame that you are denied access to these great parks due to political wrangling. There is also the scary thought of all the innocent lives of the workers who are now based at home.

    Lovely pictures by the way. I can see why you are so keen on them.

  3. Traveling Ted (@travelingted) October 14, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    I hiked Big Bend in high school over 25 years ago. I definitely want to return ASAP, but not too ASAP because as you pointed out, they are closed. Stupid government.

    • Jason's Travels October 14, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

      Thankfully some of the parks – Grand Canyon, Statue of Liberty, and RMNP here in Colorado – are reopening, at least temporarily, with state help, but it really is quite ridiculous.

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