So, today the National Park Service turns 100 years young! I’ve been trying to think about what I want to write in the park service’s birthday card, and the right words are tough to come by. So I’ll keep it simple.
I love you National Parks!
In celebration of that love, my favorite picture from each park I’ve been lucky enough to visit. Because the national parks can make even a hack like me look like a competent photographer.
Acadia National Park – Maine
Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive – Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – Empire, Michigan
Website – NPS Website
Distance – 7.4 mile loop drive
Options – you can drive, bike, or hike this loop, but I’d be very afraid to hike or bike it due to traffic.
Open – Sunrise to Sunset, or hours posted (depending on which part of the park)
Terrain – Woods, beach, lake, dunes, and forest
Trailheads – 44°51’9.69″N, 86° 2’13.05″W (Scenic drive entrance)
Woodbury Creek Paddle – Woodbury Creek Park, Woodbury, NJ to Riverwinds, Thorofare (West Deptford), NJ
Distance: 4.5 (including stop at Red Bank Battlefield in National Park, NJ)
Type: One way
Difficulty: 3 of 10.
Total score: 8 of 10.
Terrain – Wide, tidal river with marshes
Put ins – Woodbury Creek Park – 39°50’29.02″N, 75° 9’17.74″W (careful, slippery!)
Put in at Woodbury Creek.
Pull outs – Red Bank Battlefield – 39°52’4.67″N, 75°11’30.95″W
Riverwinds – 39°51’45.79″N, 75°12’28.11″W