National Parks – My Happy Place
In July we ventured out to Tennessee for a family vacation. Seeing family was priority #1, but the second reason we chose this location was it is about halfway between Nebraska and Massachusetts (where my brother and his family live). Ok, the primary reason was it was near the Smoky Mountain National Park.
As I have shared before, I have a great love for the outdoors, but there is nothing, I mean nothing like visiting one of our 62 national parks. Of the ten parks I’ve visited, only one has been without a backpack on my shoulders and that was Grand Canyon NP.
Here are the national parks I’ve explored:
- Rocky Mountain
- Smoky Mountain
- Grant Teton
- Bryce Canyon
- Grand Canyon
- Isle Royale
There is nothing like the smell of the backwoods (the musk), the encounters with wildlife (ask me about the Elk through our campsite so close I felt their warmth), the cold mountain streams, and the unbelievable scenery that no camera can capture. Not many people in this world have been as fortunate to see and experience these moments. It blows my mind how vastly different parts of this country can be.
That is why I love Good Well Supply Company’s National Park candles. Each candle has a fragrance profile to specifically represent that national park. And the best part? A portion of all sales are donated back to the national park service. YES! That is my kind of company!
Going back to the Smokies, one of the best parts of our vacation with family was when my nephews all worked toward and received their Junior Ranger pin. The day they got sworn in as Jr. Rangers and the whole crowd standing around cheered for them – was seriously a top day for me.
Next time you stop in, let’s chat about our love for the National Parks. Tell me where you’ve gone and what you have seen. I’ll show you a few more things I have in the store to represent my appreciation for these places, my favorite places.
And if you might be able, join me in supporting these treasures for these Jr. Rangers and those of the future.
You can donate what you can here: https://www.nps.gov/getinvolved/donate.htm
It’s up to us to preserve the National Parks.
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