OT: 30 Landscapes You Won't Believe Are in the U.S.

Bob Pdml pdmlbw at gmail.com
Tue Sep 1 11:56:47 EDT 2020

That sounds like a good way of spending your time.


> On 1 Sep 2020, at 15:38, ann sanfedele <annsan at nyc.rr.com> wrote:
> I cant resist giving you guys my numbers now.. with relatively brief explaination of how I managed it.
> Printed out the list of 62 NP's and checked off 45 for sure and a couple of more with question marks
> because I was likely there as a child before they were designated as National Parks. all 45 are those that
> can be reached by car and are either in the contiguous 48 or in Alaska.  Been in every state but HAwaii.
> My father was old enough to be my grandfather when I wsa born.. he was, unfortuantely, something of a boozer
> and had some problems with heart - in  January 1945 he was "retired" from a sales management job
> when he though he was going to be promoted and given only a few months severance.. something I didn't know
> until recently (that is, the reasons).  A lot of what contributed to my having seen 44 of the 48 states before I was
> 12 was our trips were , post war, partly business trips as Pop's old cronies from the salad days gave him sales jobs
> and he took my mother and me with him.  Traveling before 1945 was for pleasure and visiting family, but parents
> were always interested in the parks. Mammoth Cave was a strong memory from childhood.
> I lived in Maine in the 60's - so there was Acacia..  took geology in college which got me to Yellowstone on a field trip.
> Then I met Richard in 1980 , who had travelled widely in Europe and Asia but didn't know the USA - so road trips began..
> and most of the parks on the list were visited with him, sometimes for the second time, many for the first.
> I kept taking them on my own after I lost him in 1993..  Because Richard hit senior landmark when we were
> together I got my Golden Age Passport card and I still have it, hoping to be able to use it again one day.  I think
> it is supposed to be good for the National Monuments as well.
> ann
>> On 9/1/2020 1:29 AM, John Francis wrote:
>>> On Mon, Aug 31, 2020 at 11:04:25AM -0400, John wrote:
>>> I've been to 5 of them as an adult; 7 if you count Yosemite that my parents
>>> took the kids to see back during one of the two California trips that
>>> included me.
>> Hmm.  I'm pretty sure I've been to more than that.  Let's see:
>> Acadia, Bryce Canyon, Death Valley, Grand Canyon, King's Canyon, Sequoia, Yosemite, Zion.
>> (It certainly helps living in California; all but one of those we've visited by driving
>> from home since we moved here 25 years ago.  Acadia we visited when we lived back east,
>> and took our local Girl Scout troop camping in Acadia one year).
>> I've been to Yosemite more than once.  Larry and I took a quick trip out there when I had
>> just purchased my K5.  One of these years I'll get out there during the spring snowmelt.
>> My bucket list includes Joshua Tree and the parks in Oregon and Washington (state).
>> I suppose I should visit my closest one, too - Pinnacles - it's visible from around here.
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