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