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Reader Participation Day: What Are You Thankful For This Year In Terms Of National Parks?


Might your Thanksgiving reflections include gratitude for something connected with national parks? Photo by ccho via Creative Commons and flickr.

Our national Thanksgiving holiday has evolved to include a host of traditions, including gatherings with family and friends, favorite dining delights, gridiron rivalries and Black Friday shopping. Even so, for many of us, it's also still a time to pause at least briefly and count our blessings.

In that spirit, is there something connected with our national parks that you're thankful for this year?

Perhaps it's something as broad as gratitude that we even have national parks, or as specific as a favorite park or park-related experience.

What do you think?


My family is starting a new tradition. We are going to be camping from the Wednesday (leaving in 3 hours) before Thanksgiving until Sunday at a park to spend more time together. We are getting away from the shopping, advertising, and crowds to spend time on a trail or around a campfire. So I am just thankful to be able to visit our parks and have a place to dream together as a family.

I'm just thankful that they exist.

That sounds like a great tradition, Green Salsa, though I don't think my father-in-law would go for it. Which park are you going to?

And Lee, I second your thought. I can't think of another topic I'd enjoy writing about on a regular basis. Although, the product testing can be tough...;-)

Lee stole my line.

I can't think of another topic I'd enjoy writing about on a regular basis.

Or reading about. Thanks for the Traveler, Kurt et al.

I am thankful for all the memories of the Parks I have been to. And thankful for National Park Traveler giving me insight to the Parks I hope to go to in the future.

I'm just glad they exist, too.

And likewsie the Traveler.

I'm grateful for a place to get away from the stress of everyday life. It's strange how when you cross over the boundry into a park and pass the entrance sign it feels like you have entered a different universe. We usually go as a family and we all feel that way-- no more worry about the job, school or any of the myriad of other things that drive you crazy. Everyone is happy and smiling. Our most wonderful memories are when we have been together as a family in one of the parks. I just wish we had started going when our kids were younger.Thank God they are here for all of us to enjoy!!

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