Welcome to any devotions readers who are visiting my site for the first time. You've discovered my site as I'm giving some of the tips that have helped our family experience really memorable vacations. But more importantly, these tips have helped our family become closer.
So today I'm excited to share our absolute favorite destination spot. It's not one place as you might imagine. In fact, our favorite spots are found in every state in the country. It's our National Park System.
We are HUGE National Park fans, and actually have planned vacations in order to get to specific parks. Acadia National Park in Maine is one of those incredible spots that we had to be very intentional about getting to.
So here's why we love them so much:
1) They are affordable. For example, it costs $25 to see the Grand Canyon - and that's one of the most expensive we've discovered. You can't take a family of 4 to a movie and get snacks for that amount!
2) They have many free programs. The Visitor Centers vary greatly, but they all offer something for free. Whether it's a great movie about the site, a guided tour or interesting models - it's almost all free.
3) The National Park Rangers are AMAZING. These men and women love what they do and we benefit because it shows. One of our favorite rangers was in Colonial National Historic Park in Virginia. This park includes Jamestown and Yorktown Battlefield. We have long forgotten this man's name, but we all remember his presentation. He dressed in colonial clothes, assumed an accurate accent and guided us through "his" Jamestown, from the viewpoint of one of the first settlers. And that was FREE! Wow!
4) The park system includes national historic sites and monuments, in addition to parks. Which means we get to enjoy our nation's history and beauty.
5) The NPS honors our nation's veterans through many historic sites. As we approach Memorial Day, we are reminded of the high cost it took to give us the many freedoms we have. Our service men and women throughout generations reflect the sacrificial love of God, and I am very thankful for them. The NPS has sites that start with the Revolutionary War and continue right up to the World War II Memorial.
6) Finally, one of our favorite things about the National Park Service is the Passport. This is a small blue book sold at the visitor centers. When you visit a national park, historic site or monument, you can get your passport stamped with the location and date. It's great fun to watch your passport fill up, and remember the good times.
Visit http://www.nps.gov/ for the national parks in your state. Sorry to be such a shameless promoter of something, but it hardly gets better than this for a fabulous vacation.
In His Love,
P.S. When we get back, I'll post some of our favorite vacations. Watch for that after June 3rd, and after I get through mounds of laundry. :-)