Choosing State Parks for Our Travel Adventures

As we move into summer vacation, don’t forget the natural resources that we have available, often within an hour drive. Check out your state park website and see what the closest parks have available for you and your kids. And if you are hitting the road, don’t forget to check out the state parks along the way. You may discover cheaper lodgings that force your family to become one with nature instead of stuffed into a roadside hotel room hooked to electronics, and I think that’s a win.

Start Them Traveling When They Are Young

I believe that one of the best ways to tone down the rhetoric that is tearing us apart is to step outside of our little worlds and see our country through the eyes of our fellow citizens. It isn’t enough to see pictures of farmland; we need to drive through and meet the people who plant and harvest our food. It isn’t enough to watch movies set in the big city; we need to walk the streets and see the kaleidoscope of characters working and living their lives side by side. It isn’t enough to watch a documentary about our national parks; we need to walk on the trails and smell the clean air and learn from our park rangers how we can better care for our natural resources.