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Our National Parks are a Blessing

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I must confess I was born under a wanderin’ star! Because of that, I often feel blessed living in Sacramento.  There are so many wonderful places to visit within a couple hours of home. I am fortunate to be within 100 miles of San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Napa Wine Country and California Gold Country.  It isn’t unusual for me to leave home to run a local errand or two, but find my car has performed the equivalent of a butt dial, which ultimately transports me to a destination like those mentioned above. I’m a road trip kinda gal! 

This month, Debe Maxwell has presented the ActiveRain “2022 Thanksgiving Gratitude Challenge.”  This Challenge offers an opportunity to contemplate blessings we enjoy.

For my second entry of this challenge, I wish to express that I feel blessed America has so many wonderful national parks. I enjoy driving to many of these places rather than flying, because there are usually adventures and surprises along the way. Yosemite National Park is within 150 miles of my 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.

In the past, I have driven several hundred miles on Highway 50 across the state of Nevada, on way to Utah to visit three National Parks (Zion, Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon). For those who don’t know, Highway 50 has been designated the “Loneliest Highway in America.”  And, in Nevada, it’s as lonely as it can get.   Although, there have been trips made, where I only experienced seeing a half dozen vehicles, or so, on that stretch of road, the untouched beauty of the Great Basin, along the way, is enjoyed and unparalleled.

As one arrives in Utah, and travels along Highway 12, there are 3 National Parks, and 3 Utah State Parks.  The National Parks include Zion, Capitol Reef,  Bryce Canyon. Utah State Parks are Escalante Petrified Forest, The Anasazi State Park Museum, and Kodachrome State Park.

Utah’s Escalante Staircase, another National Monument, as well as Red Canyon, which is part of Dixie National Forest are also very special places. During visits I have found each of these National Park treasures seemed to have a special spirit imprinted on them. I return home feeling very blessed and starry eyed.

Zion National Park
Zion National Park - Utah

Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon National Park - Utah

Capitol Reef National Park
Capitol Reef National Park - Utah

Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park - California


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Myrl Jeffcoat ActiveRain Signature


Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What gorgeous photos, Myrl. Now that you've brought up the subject, I've realized I've never been to a single national park. I've been to some major African national parks and game reserves, but not to any in the USA. Maybe one day....

Nov 15, 2022 11:03 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

WOW what striking photographs Myrl Jeffcoat ! You need to feature yourself in the Photo's group. Someday you must wander to North Dakota.

Nov 15, 2022 11:05 AM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Hi, Myrl.

Wow!! Those photos belong to some Travel Magazines. They took my breath away!!

The entire West Coast is fascinating, and there's so much to learn and explore. It has been on my "bucket list" to explore places I dreamed and read about. 

Thank you for the "previews." Myrl. 



Nov 15, 2022 11:07 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Nina Hollander, Broker - There are so many wonderful National Parks in America.  However, that being said, you do have some pretty incredible places on your side of the country too.  I enjoyed visiting The Biltmore. It's not a national park, but it's pretty amazin'.  

Bob "RealMan" Timm - Folks have sometimes asked why I don't feature any of my posts in my groups.  My answer is simple, "It isn't about me."

Aura Alex - Yes, the West Coast has a treasure trove of wonderful places to visit.  I've been to your city, and was amazed at the difference in growth from the first time I visited as a kid back in 1957 and then later in 1995.  I need to return again one day.

Nov 15, 2022 11:16 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Myrl Jeffcoat hi Myrl... I've been to The Biltmore numerous times... and you are right it's quite amazing and well worth the visit or two or three. :)

Nov 15, 2022 11:23 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Thank you for sharing the information. Wishing you continued success.  Have a wonderful day and sell a house.  bill

Nov 15, 2022 11:23 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh, Myrl, you're so right - National Parks are a blessing, indeed! When I was young, we traveled to as many as my Dad could get us to over the years - he was in love with them and shared his passion for national parks with us too. 

Most of my adulthood, we visited Pipestem (a State Park) in WV where family met from the southeastern US (mid way) every fall. It always reminded me of my childhood - and, of course, my Dad loved visiting there each year for our family reunion!

Thank you for sharing your gratitude with us in this month's challenge, Myrl! Looking forward to the next one.

Nov 15, 2022 01:13 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Myrl - it seems as if your car has its own version of autocorrect when it comes to wanderlust.   You are quite fortunate.  Is that a dealer upgrade or is factory-installed?

Nov 15, 2022 01:55 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Myrl I would love to get an RV and visit all of the National Parks.

Nov 15, 2022 02:17 PM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

I enjoyed reading your post some of my best memories have been been made by going on road trips. Continue to take time away and enjoy a trip or two.

Nov 15, 2022 02:24 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Wow!  Beautiful parks.  A great entry for the contest. I so agree - driving is filled with more experiences and surprises! 

Nov 15, 2022 04:33 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Bill Salvatore - East Valley - I hope you have a good day too.

Debe Maxwell, CRS - You remind me that I need to get out there and visit more national parks on the Eastern side of our country.  

Michael Jacobs - For a couple of years, I would program destination addresses into my Magellan GPS.  Then just poke one, when I was feeling restless.  However in recent days, the "butt dial," is more of a mental one.  I just take off in a direction, and end up somewhere.  That reminds me. My kids need to GPS track my phone.😊

Nov 15, 2022 07:07 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

George Souto - I've had those same thoughts.  

Pat Champion - I am hopeful next spring I will be able to do much more travel than I accomplished in the past couple years.

Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ - I have experienced road trip surprises along routes that were every bit as good as the destination itself.

Nov 15, 2022 07:11 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

You are so very right and everyone that I have witnessed doesn’t hold a candle to your photography. Thank you for sharing Myrl 🙂

Nov 15, 2022 08:01 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Myrl- I am grateful for your love of hitting the open road because we also benefit from it. I remember going to some of the National Parks when I was a child. We appreciate the many parks -on a smaller scale- that many cities and counties have for the community. Your photos are breathtaking. 

Nov 15, 2022 08:38 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Myrl, for sharing some of your travels and your photographs.

Nov 16, 2022 04:55 AM
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Broker | Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Thank you Myrl! Your powerful images and your touching story of gratitude for not only being where you are but truly experiencing the priceless gifts of our National Parks. IMO we need more as Teddy Roosevelt only got the ball rolling. 

Nov 16, 2022 04:50 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Myrl Jeffcoat  how very impressive I am a big city girl and listening to your story and looking at your pictures I am awed.  I do not travel much beyond my home as I am content not to as I live in a park-like setting. Nothing like your travels  Love your post  

Nov 18, 2022 01:17 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Wow I love your photos and thoughts. National Parks ARE a blessing, I totally agree!

Nov 27, 2022 09:02 AM