National Lands Photo Gallery

The very first National Park we visited as a fam: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, 2004 and 2008.
In 2004, my dad and sister also accompanied us on the trip, making for a great family bonding experience. The park was beautiful and the lava tubes were fun to walk in.

The lava tube was s-s-s-cary.

Pu’uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical ParkHawaii
This is the place of refuge. If you were sentenced to death for breaking kapu, or sacred law, your only hope was to make it to Pu’uhonua for safety.

We made it to the place of refuge.

Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, CA- Part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area
This set of parks boasts over 76000 acres of land, and includes Muir Woods, Fort Mason, and the Presidio. This is where the kids earned their first Junior Ranger badges.

Alcatraz Island, a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area 2010
My inmates, ‘imprisoned’ at Alcatraz Island. Guilty of stealing hearts without remorse.

Gateway Arch National Park, St. Louis, Missouri
We first visited here when it was still the Jefferson Expansion Memorial. We all earned our junior ranger badges here, and those say “Jefferson” on them. The Gateway Arch is the smallest of the national parks and consists of two parts: the Arch and the Luther Ely Smith Park which also has the Old Courthouse where the Dred Scott v. Sanford case was heard. The Gateway Arch National Park was established as a national park in December 2018 to preserve these important parts of American History.

Mesa Verde National Park, Southern Colorado

Spruce Tree House at Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado 2012

Zion National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Flagstaff Area National Monuments: Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Walnut Canyon National Monument, Wupatki National Monument- Flagstaff, Arizona

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Wupatki National Monument
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A collage of our Wupatki explorations
J and E on the trail
Walnut Canyon National Monument, Flagstaff Area, Arizona 2016

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

The GRAND Canyon
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona 2016

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

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The entrance to the cave… or caverns…
Carlsbad Caverns
It’s amazing how intricate the cavern formations really are.

White Sands National Park, Alamogordo, New Mexico

El Malpais National Monument, Grants, New Mexico– Of sandstone bluffs, lava flows, and arches

Yosemite National Park, CaliforniaYosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Everglades National Park- Homestead, Florida

Sequoia National ParkThree Rivers, California

Tree hugger!

Biscayne National Park- Homestead, Florida

Pinnacles National Park- Paicines, California

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