My family recently returned from spending a month traveling around the country visiting the national parks.  We pulled our travel trailer to many of the the major parks out west, ending our trip in Kentucky at the Creation Museum. 

The impetus for this excursion was two-fold:  firstly, it was something my hubby and I always wanted to do and secondly, our kids volunteer at a local, national park and had earned a free pass to all of the national parks for a year.  Also, considering our oldest only has two more years of high school, the timing was perfect! 

Here’s the ride…

We began at the Gateway to the West–the St. Louis Arch.

…spent a day at the Petrified Forest National Park which boasted a painted desert,

…hiked the Grand Canyon,

where we saw this outside a gift shop,

Who’da thunk it?

Next we enjoyed the beauty of Zion’s hanging gardens,

…and marveled at the snowy, Grand Tetons,

where it was rather chilly,

At Yellowstone, we saw lots of animals,

…and some strange things, as well.

On the other side of the park, we found this lovely sight.

Then off we went to Mt. Rushmore and the Badlands…


…where we did a bit of spelunking at Wind Cave and saw some unique boxwork formations.

By the end of our journey, we were all amazed at God’s glorious handiwork and will always cherish the memories of this precious time together as a family.