NEW update to my N.P. bucket list

Happy Wednesday!

I guess I need to update my National Parks bucket list that I posted after our Mesa Verde trip. One National Park down, many to go! I’m at 16 out of 63. Oh boy…gotta get busy!

The photo above is of the Great Smoky National Park from near Clingman’s Dome. And here’s one with a little ‘smoke’:

The walk up to the top of Clingmans Dome is quite steep…here, wait just a minute and I’ll look up the stats….haha!

“The half-mile trail to the summit of Clingmans Dome is paved, but very steep. During the short hike, you will gain 332 feet, which makes the climb gradient almost 13%!” (per THIS site). On a clear day, you can see into 7 states!

The Appalachian Trail crosses Clingmans Dome, so now I can say I’ve been on a portion of that trail! (They kind of need new signage! :o)

I love thematic bucket lists! Checking off a list is strangely satisfying, right!?

Have a great day today! Do or learn something NEW!

NEW photos of mesa verde and a NEW national parks bucket list

We made a quick trip over to Colorado last weekend and visited Mesa Verde National Park. Perfect weather! Not too crowded! Nice!!! Here are a few more pics:

If you go, DEFINITELY get a guided tour. The park rangers are so knowledgeable and can answer most of your questions. The history of the area is fascinating.

Sadly, a lot of the area had burn scars because Mesa Verde is prone to lightning strikes and can receive up to 100 strikes in a 24-hour period during the summer. 70% of the park has been burned by wildfires since it was established in 1906!

One thing I love about blogging is having posts to reference anytime/anywhere. I’m going to use this post as my National Parks Bucket List and keep track of where we’ve visited and where we still need to go! So many! It will take a while to finish this big bucket list. But so fun!


  • Acadia National Park {done}
  • Arches National Park {done}
  • Badlands National Park
  • Big Bend National Park
  • Biscayne National Park
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park {done}
  • Canyonlands National Park {done}
  • Capitol Reef National Park {done}
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park
  • Channel Islands National Park
  • Congaree National Park
  • Crater Lake National Park
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Denali National Park and Preserve
  • Dry Tortugas National Park
  • Everglades National Park
  • Gates of the Arctic National Park
  • Gateway Arch National Park 
  • Glacier National Park
  • Glacier Bay National Park
  • Grand Canyon National Park {done}
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Great Basin National Park
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park {done}
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park
  • Haleakala National Park
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park {done}
  • Hot Springs National Park
  • Indiana Dunes National Park
  • Isle Royale National Park
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Katmai National Park and Preserve
  • Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Kings Canyon National Park {done}
  • Kobuk Valley National Park
  • Lake Clark National Park
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park
  • Mammoth Cave National Park
  • Mesa Verde National Park {done}
  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • National Park of American Samoa
  • New River Gorge National Park 
  • North Cascades National Park
  • Olympic National Park
  • Petrified Forest National Park
  • Pinnacles National Park
  • Redwood National Park {done}
  • Rocky Mountain National Park {done}
  • Saguaro National Park
  • Sequoia National Park {done}
  • Shenandoah National Park
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park
  • Virgin Islands National Park
  • Voyageurs National Park
  • White Sands National Park 
  • Wind Cave National Park
  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
  • Yellowstone National Park {done}
  • Yosemite National Park {done}
  • Zion National Park {done}

Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!

a NEW camp site shared with siblings and niblings

panguitchlakePanguitch Lake, UT {source)

How was everyone’s weekend?  I  previous mentioned that I was spending my 4th of July at a family reunion.  It was great!  Especially since I got to go somewhere NEW!  We had about seventy family members camping at Panguitch Lake, so I got to spend the weekend with my siblings and niblings.  I just learned that NEW word (nibling) from The Everywhereist, although it hasn’t made it to my dictionary yet :o)

Anyway…I grew up in “Color Country“….meaning we were surrounded by beautiful mountains and colorful rock formations which we visited A LOT  like….

Cedar Breaks:


Bryce Canyon:


Zion National Park:


BUT…I’d never been to Panguitch Lake.  So I enjoyed that NEWNESS!  And check out these CUTE family reunion shirts  that EVERYONE wore!