I celebrate a milestone today as I collect my 200th National Park Passport Stamp.
Procuring the stamp at Mesa Verde NP has deep meaning for me.
My wonderful father-in-law so wanted me to visit this special place. He and my mother-in-law were here in the summer of 1982. (Thanks to sis-in-law, Joan, for the photo-share).
We would talk about history and travel and, every time he spoke of Mesa Verde, his eyes lit up. Shortly before he died, we talked about my long-range plans to visit there. John says his dad would be very proud that I made it!
I got my first stamp in 2003 at the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains, GA.
And, in spite of spanning the busiest time in my professional career, I've managed to collect 199 more.
I’ve written about the NP Passport program on the blog before.
When I first learned of the passport, I saw it as an ideal framework for all the traveling I wanted to do. Since that time, each trip has focused on visiting as many NP sites as possible. There are 408 National Park sites within the NPS system, so I consider this a life-long quest.
It’s the perfect hobby for someone like me – with the heart of a collector, but the sole of a minimalist.
This collection takes up very little space and doesn’t require dusting!