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Happy Birthday National Park Service!

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

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – Empire, Michigan


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)

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Woodbury Creek Paddle – Woodbury to Thorofare, NJ


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.

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

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Filed under Canoeing, Fishing, Outdoors., South Jersey