59! Fifty-nine is my magic number. It’s the number of United States National Parks in the United States and Territories. Fifty-nine is the number of national parks I am trying to visit before I turn 30. I developed this goal at 19. I was in Yellowstone National Park (for the second time). While waiting for Old Faithful to erupt, I started talking to a couple who had just finished all national parks. I had never thought about trying to visit all the national parks. This chance encounter has almost turned into an obsession. I want to collect them all. Truthfully I didn’t think I would actually accomplish this goal, yet here I am at 26. I have done 45 national parks. Only 15 more parks remain.
Mount Rainier National Park
This was my first national park. I visited here when I was about 9 months old and just starting to walk. I remember my father throwing a snowball at my mom and it hitting the camera directly on the lens.
More on my adventures in Mount Rainier
- Working in Mount Rainier