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.

Death Valley National Park, California

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Pinnacles National Park, California

Sequoia National Park, California

Tree hugger!

Yosemite National Park, CaliforniaYosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows

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.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

The GRAND Canyon
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona 2016

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

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

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

Arches National Park, Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Mesa Verde National Park, Southern Colorado

Spruce Tree House at Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado 2012

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

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

White Sands National Park, New Mexico

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

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.

Biscayne National Park- Homestead, Florida

Everglades National Park- Homestead, Florida

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