Feeling Blessed For Our National Park System

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

Because there are so many wonderful places to visit within a couple hours of home, I often feel blessed to be living in Sacramento. I reside within 100 miles of San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Napa Wine Country and California Gold Country, just to name a few! However, I am convinced I was born under a wanderin’ star! I’m a road trip kinda gal!


Debe Maxwell and Margaret Rome have presented the ActiveRain “2019 Thanksgiving Gratitude Challenge.”  This Challenge provides us an opportunity to reflect on the blessings we enjoy.

For my fourth entry of this challenge, I wish to express that I feel blessed America has so many wonderful national parks. I enjoy driving to these places rather than flying, because there seem to be many more surprises and adventures along the way. Yosemite National Park is within 150 miles of home. It has been labeled the crown jewel of the National Park system. I must agree! However, there are other parks which equally entice and enchant.


This spring, my grandson and I drove several hundred miles to Utah, to visit three National Parks (Zion, Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon). I wanted my grandson to experience special places, like Utah’s Escalante Staircase, another National Monument, as well as Red Canyon, which is part of Dixie National Forest. During our visit, the land of each of these National Park treasures seemed to have a special spirit imprinted on them. We returned home weary and starry eyed.


Zion National Park - Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park - Utah

Capitol Reef National Park - Utah

Yosemite National Park - California


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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good morning Myrl Jeffcoat -  the national parks are a real treasure.  You could take many vacations visiting them all.

Nov 22, 2019 03:50 AM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Myrl... I've yet to visit a single National Park... and your pictures make me want to get out and do it now!

Nov 22, 2019 04:51 AM #4
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Myrl - weary and starry-eyed.  That certainly make sense.  Amazed too.  So many feelings....

Nov 22, 2019 05:17 AM #5
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Myrl Jeffcoat your photos are spectacular.... thanks for sharing...and you're so fortunate to be within driving distance to national parks....

Nov 22, 2019 05:26 AM #6
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Bob "RealMan" Timm - I hope you do!  These national treasures belong to all of us.  Some, like the stunning Grand Escalante Staircase is under threat right now.  Powers in Washington are looking to open up parts of it to private enterprise.  It was one of the reasons, I felt a need to take my grandson to see it this past May.  

Bob Ratliff - I highly recommend you carve out a little time to explore some of these parks.  They are well worth the time and effort! 

Grant Schneider - I have visited some of them more than once, and had a totally diffent experience.  For example, I had been to Zion in 2009, and was blown away with its beauty.  However, when I returned again ten years later, it was immediately after a rainstorm.  The color of the red rocks were so much richer after having been cleansed by the moisture.

Nov 22, 2019 05:44 AM #7
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Nina Hollander - It is true that many of these parks exist in the western part of the country.  However, there are still National Monuments closer to you.  I was in Charlotte, the Carolinas, and Georgia in 2014.  I was blown away by the natural beauty in those states, and especially the warm hospitality of the South. 

Michael Jacobs - Weary and starry eyed was the accurate description.  I remember laying on the couch the day after our return, and pondering all we had seen and experienced. 

Barbara Todaro - While not a national park, I have always had a fascination with Salem, MA. after learning of the Salem witch trials. I haven't been there yet, but plan to visit one day!

Nov 22, 2019 05:51 AM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Myrl, for sharing your thoughts and your beautiful photographs.

Nov 22, 2019 06:30 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a wonderful tribute to our National Park System.  Everyone of them is special.  Somewhere, we read the stats that Europeans are most likely to visit Yosemite than any other national park...It is one of the most beautiful ones.  Your pictures are spectacular. A

Nov 22, 2019 06:59 AM #10
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love the National Parks as well and I hope the government will always make sure they have the resources necessary to be kept up.

Nov 22, 2019 07:07 AM #11
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi Myrl, I remember this trip you took. My sis and brother-in-law just returned from a 3 month journey to many of the National Parks. They enjoyed the experience tremendously.  I too love your photos. 

Nov 22, 2019 07:55 AM #12
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Our National Parks are something special for which to be grateful, indeed, Myrl. Last week I enjoyed a day at the newest National Park (I believe) -- The Pinnacles in the hills south and east of Salinas and Soledad. I have many more to visit -- someday!

Nov 22, 2019 12:27 PM #13
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Myle I have camped at Yosemite National Park, and it is a great place to even just go visit for a day.  I read some where the CA has the most National Parks of any state.

Nov 22, 2019 01:14 PM #14
Raymond Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Beautiful pictures!  I too have been blessed to live in the Sacramento region.  We are lucky!

Nov 22, 2019 02:57 PM #15
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Thanks to Bob Ratliff  Re-blog I am here Myrl. My father loved National Parks and he introduced me to the same appreciation, Endre

Nov 22, 2019 10:27 PM #16
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Myrl- What a wonderful gift to all of us...the National Park System. And, I love that you took your grandson to share with him this wonder of nature. 

Nov 23, 2019 03:50 PM #17
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Myrl,
We ARE indeed blessed to have our amazing National Park System in the U.S. I believe Theodore Roosevelt was the driving force behind that but it wasn't established until the Woodrow Wilson Presidency. 

I love all your pictures but my favorite is the one at Bryce with the blurred sky.  So happy you and your grandson took that epic trip! What memories for you both.

Nov 24, 2019 08:27 AM #18
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Sunday afternoon, Myrl.

Have a nice evening and an outstanding week.

Nov 24, 2019 01:19 PM #19
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Myrl!

Your photos are absolutely gorgeous!!! What a great post packed with good thoughts and information. May you never lose your appetite for National Parks. No matter how many times you go, there's always something new to see and explore!  

Nov 25, 2019 12:40 PM #20
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat

I really enjoyed your pictures from your last National Parks journey over the summer. We are certainly blessed. Thank you, Teddy Roosevelt. 

Nov 25, 2019 05:49 PM #21
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


Love the photos, lost the memories of being at many of these. I guess time to go back. cheers cvc

Nov 27, 2019 12:42 PM #22
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