Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Thank you Teddy!

Theodore Roosevelt was a major player in creating our wonderful national parks. During his presidency he set aside almost 200 million acres for national forests, reserves and wildlife refuges. Thanks to his love of nature and his determination to protect our lands for future generations, my family and I had the pleasure of visiting 10 National Park and Memorials.

Our first visit was to the Badlands National Park. We enjoy the beautiful weather and the stunning views. We took a few short hikes and visited the prairie dog village.

On our way to Custer State Park we stopped by to see a few famous faces.

Mount Rushmore

Crazy Horse

We went inside one of the largest cave systems, Jewel Cave. The map we are looking at is what they have discovered so far inside the cave.

On the way to our next big stop we stopped to hike around Devils Tower.

The highlight of our vacation was Yellowstone.

Old Faithful
Yellowstone's Grand Canyon
Hot Springs
For the ride home we stopped at the Grand Teton, Canyonlands and Arches National Park.

Grand Teton
Arches National Park
The last photo I want to share with you is not a National Park, but it was so beautiful I just had to include it in this post.  This photo was taken at the Red Cliff Lodge in Moab, Utah.

So I leave you with some wise words of Theodore Roosevelt and hope that his wisdom continues on so that my great grandchild will some day be able to see such beauty with their own eyes.

"Defenders of the short-sighted men who in their greed and selfishness will, if permitted, rob our country of half its charm by their reckless extermination of all useful and beautiful wild things sometimes seek to champion them by saying the 'the game belongs to the people.' So it does; and not merely to the people now alive, but to the unborn people. The 'greatest good for the greatest number' applies to the number within the womb of time, compared to which those now alive form but an insignificant fraction. Our duty to the whole, including the unborn generations, bids us restrain an unprincipled present-day minority from wasting the heritage of these unborn generations. The movement for the conservation of wild life and the larger movement for the conservation of all our natural resources are essentially democratic in spirit, purpose, and method."  Theodore Roosevelt


  1. Wow we pretty much did the same trip but opposite direction, haha! looks like you had a blast and I agree all the national parks are awesome!

  2. Awesome! I want to see all those places some day.

  3. Agreeing with your post!! My man and I were at Yellowstone a little over a week ago! It was totally cloudy and raining when we drove in to the Tetons so we could see nothing. :( Next time, though! Great photos.

  4. We LOVE and APPRECIATE the national park system. Teddy Roosevelt was a man of vision. We haven't done Arches yet but it is on the list. Great photos!