Our Fortieth National Park – Bandlands National Park in South Dakota

July 28th, 2017

We visited our fortieth national park – Bandlands National Park in South Dakota.  We took a beautiful drive through the northern region of the park and completed the junior ranger books and earned the badges.  We also got to see some bighorn sheep up close…very close!

Our Thirty-Ninth National Park – Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota

July 28th, 2017

We visited our thirty-ninth national park: Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota!  We drove through and saw buffalo/bison, lots of prarie dogs, and one of the girls took a tour of the cave with friends.  The girls also completed the junior ranger booklets and earned their badges, and we had a picnic by the visitor’s center with the puppies and our friends for lunch.


Our Thirty-Eighth National Park: Grand Tetons National Park

July 4th, 2017

We visited our thirty-eigth national park: Grand Tetons National Park in Wyoming!

We visited the Cunningham Historic Cabin, attended a ranger-led program at the southern-most visitor’s center, and had a beautiful drive through the park on a sunny, warm day!  The girls also finished their junior ranger badges for this park, and earned their super cool wood badges!

Our Thirty-Seventh National Park – Cuyahoga National Park in Ohio

June 21st, 2017

We visited our thirty-seventh national park: Cuyahoga National Park in Ohio.  We visited the Boston Store Visitor’s Center, took a short walk on the paved trail and had a picnic there.  It is a pretty, green and lush area along the river, with lots of great biking and hiking trails around the park, and is super pet-friendly.  The only place we couldn’t take the puppies is in the buildings themselves.  The people and the rangers were extremely friendly, as well…and some of them (even a ranger) even stopped to pet the puppies!

Our Thirty-Sixth National Park: Shenandoah National Park

June 19th, 2017

As the start of Road Trip 2017, we met some friends and visited our thirty-sixth national park: Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.  Although our last national park post indicated that it was the thirty-fourth, it was actually the thirty-fifth, because Sequoia and Kings Canyon are actually two separate national parks (but we had been counting them as one).  

We stayed at a campground just outside the west central entrance to the park and went in for the day to earn a Junior Ranger Badge and a Ranger Explorer patch.  After a break in the rainy weather earlier in the weekend, we were able to explore the northern portion of Skyline Drive, and see the beautiful scenery, adorable wildlife, as well as be above the clouds.  We also picnicked by the visitor’s center, and took a short hike.

Our forty-eighth state capitol – Lansing, MI

June 1st, 2014

We visited our forty-eighth state capitol in Lansing, MI. The girls learned that Michigan’s nickname is the Great Lakes State, that its state bird is the Robin and the state flower is the Apple Blossom. They also learned that Henry Ford created his automobile assembly line in Michigan.




Our forty-seventh state capitol – Montpelier, VT

May 18th, 2014

We visited our forty-seventh state capitol in Montpelier, Vermont.  The girls learned that beautiful Vermont is called the Green Mountain State, and that it’s state bird is the Hermit Thrush and state flower is the Red Clover.  They also learned that Vermont is famous for maple syrup.




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Our forty-sixth state capitol – Augusta, ME

May 17th, 2014

We visited our forty-sixth state capitol in Augusta, Maine.  The girls learned that Maine’s state bird is the Chickadee, and its state flower is the White Pine Cone and Tassel.  They also learned that Maine’s nickname is the Pine Tree State.


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Our forty-fifth state capitol – Concord, NH

May 16th, 2014

We visited our forty-fifth state capitol in Concord, New Hampshire.  The girls learned that New Hampshire is called the Granite State, and that its state bird is the Purple Finch and its state flower is the Purple Lilac, one of mommy’s favorites!


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Our forty-forth state capitol – Boston, MA

May 15th, 2014

We visited our forty-forth state capitol in Boston, Massachusetts.  The girls learned that the Massachusetts state bird is the Chickadee and its state flower is the Mayflower.  They also learned that the state nickname for Massachusetts is the Bay State, and that the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620, which is in Massachusetts.


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