We are on a tear — ten national park units in nine days! We’ve seen so many wonderful park units on our drive from Salt Lake City to Chicago!! We were very excited to travel through Colorado where we visited the Colorado Monument, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Curecanti National Recreation Area, Old Bent’s Fort National Historic Site and Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site. And then there was Kansas where we visited Fort Larned National Historic Site and the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site. Next came Missouri where we visited the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site. And finally we made it to Illinois where we visited the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Lincoln Museum, and the Old State Capital State Historic Site. Although not a national park property, we also visited the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home in Abilene, Kansas. And finally, we traveled on or over several national historic trails including the Santa Fe Trail, the Lewis & Clark Trail, the California National Historic Trail, the Oregon National Historic Trail and the Underground Railroad Freedom Network. Yes, that’s a lot of places to visit — I hope I remembered them all!
It’s killing me, but I’m not going to have the time to write specifically about each of these fabulous park units, but they do each deserve attention. The forts were wonderfully re-constructed and we loved seeing how they were appointed with period-appropriate pieces, props, and supplies. We had dinner with NPS ranger friends April and Cris when we visited Curecanti NRA — such a treat to see them again in a different park from when we first met each of them last August! We spoke with and learned from several other incredibly knowledgeable and helpful interpretive NPS rangers at several of the other sites who made their pieces of history come much more to life — too many to name and thank, but we know you and remember you and thank you! [Dexter A. at Brown v. Board — we look forward to seeing you up in Denali in July!]
Alas, we are in Chicago now and there’s so much going on here as we prepare to celebrate Fred’s big birthday, see friends and family members, and celebrate the upcoming wedding of daughter Claire and almost-son-in-law Kyle at two bridal showers in the coming couple of weeks. These incredible park units are now in our rear view mirror but we loved visiting all of them and we would recommend each and every one of them for making our country’s history come alive.