The Journal of

Laura & Fred Jolly

It all started with a Ken Burns documentary, a couple of National Parks books, an Atlas, and a Dream. The rest is documented in this travel journal.

National Park of American Samoa

If we didn’t save the best for last, we certainly saved one of the best for last!  Nearly two-and-a-half years after we began our journey to visit all of the national parks, we have finally visited our last one — The National Park of American Samoa. This was our last park primarily because it was the most difficult to get

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American Samoa – Travel Logistics

We struggled to find a lot of information on visiting American Samoa, so in an effort to help other people who also plan to make the journey to this remote place, we are happy to share some travel logistics here. Flights — Flights to American Samoa are limited, departing the U.S. only a couple of times each week.  We flew

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59 Parks in 2-1/2 Years!

We did it! We met our goal and visited all 59 of America’s beautiful, incredible, breathtakingly spectacular national parks! We visited them in the way we wanted to and spent as much time in them as we wanted to. Our shortest visit at a couple of the parks was just one day as seasonal weather dictated our access… our longest

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ANY TEAM CAN HAVE A BAD CENTURY. Jack Brickhouseformer Chicago Cubs WGN radio announcer It had been a long dry spell, a very, very long dry spell. One hundred and eight years to be exact. One hundred and eight years since the Chicago Cubs last won a World Series. One hundred and eight years of many really bad teams. One

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Coming Home

Hey, it’s good to be back home again.Sometimes this old farm feels like a long lost friend.Yes, and hey, it’s good to be back home again. John Denverrefrain from “Back Home Again November 3, 2016: The Odyssey is finished, and Odysseus has returned to Ithaca. This was not the 10-year journey that Homer wrote of so many, many years ago,

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Back Out There – Thru-Hiking the A.T.

March 25th is the date… the Appalachian Trail is the place… Fred Jolly – trail name: Santiago – is the guy… six months of hiking is the event.  Check out our new website – – which tracks Fred’s latest journey of thru-hiking the A.T. from March through October. Fred is hiking in large part to give back to the national

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