July 16, 2012
I visited my first National Park when I was two. Our family didn't have much money, but we had a World War II Army surplus tent, an ice chest and some flashlights. We camped every summer in the Smokies and visited National Parks wherever we went with our tent - California, Tennessee, Kentucky. I met bears, skunks, raccoons, deer, birds and all sorts of other wildlife. I would not trade those memories and experiences for anything. Walking along the trails, splashing in cold creeks, riding a bike along a scenic route, watching sunsets from the top of a mountain - these are experiences that all children should be able to access. Thank you NPCA for protecting our parks.