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Perry’s International Peace Memorial

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial was selected as the Midwest 2010 Featured Stamp.  We had a theory that the featured stamps each year received special unique stamps, such as the one with a picture on it that we received last year in Haleakala when it was featured.  My wife was somewhat excited to see what this park’s picture would be. Unfortunately, this theory proved to be incorrect.

In any regard, since we were in the Detroit area visiting family, we decided to take a day trip down to … Continue reading

National Parks Travelers Club

As we have been getting more and more into our new found hobby, I stumbled upon the National Parks Travelers Club. The Club is a non-profit club whose mission is promoting park visitation and providing fellowship and recognition for everyone interested in visiting the parks.

Seeing as we are hooked, we decided to join. We have only been members for a few days and are very impressed with the quality and magnitude of information the small membership fee ($10.00) brings. Being a Google Earth Pro trainer, I was … Continue reading

New Orleans Jazz

The New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park is a fairly new park established in 1994. The site is only a few blocks from the Jean Lafitte National Park headquarter, in the middle of the French Quarter. On our visit we had the pleasure of experiencing Jazz music first hand. Their was a live Jazz Band. The location is very small, and in a very nondescript building, only a small sign on the outside. The French Quarter location does have not have 7 day a week operating hours like most parks, … Continue reading

Jean Lafitte

The Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve is comprised of six parks. Each park is really worth a visit as they are all unique and showcase treasures of southern Louisiana. Truly each one could stand on its own as a park. We only visited four of the six parks, but we have a ton to share about our experiences.

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Chalmette Battlefield
We visited Chalmette Battlefield first; this was not our favorite in the group, but it still had a lot of information. The highlight … Continue reading

Plan your Summer Adventures

The National Park Service has created a useful and very informative site to help you plan out your “Summer National Park Adventure.”  My wife and I have several National park visits planned for the upcoming months. We hope to visit sites in the National Capital Region as well as a few other regions.  Check out the new site and start planning your next trip at  Don’t forget your passport book!… Continue reading

LA Times – Hidden gems: America’s 20 least-visited National Monuments

The Los Angeles Times has a great list of the 20 least visited National Monuments.

Here is the list:
20. Chiricahua, Arizona (Western) – Visitors in 2009: 60,851
19. Tonto, Arizona (Western) – Visitors in 2009: 60,534
18. Capulin Volcano, New Mexico (Southwest) – Visitors in 2009: 50,935
17. Pipe Spring, Arizona (Western) – Visitors in 2009: 49,433
16. El Morro, New Mexico (Southwest) – Visitors in 2009: 48,245
15. Buck Island Reef, U.S. Virgin Islands (SoutheastContinue reading

Tuskegee Airmen

Our second stop on our 2-part tour (Tuskegee Institute being the first stop) was the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site.  The site is temporarily being housed in a mobile building, while it is undergoing a renovation that should be completed by the end of 2011.  We also had the slight misfortune of visiting when only one ranger was there, so we were not able to tour the hanger.  We explored the grounds, watched the video (which hopefully will be updated as part of the renovation) and browsed the literature.… Continue reading

Tuskegee Institute

We pulled out our passport book and Southeast Region Companion Guide Saturday night to decide which park(s) we would venture off to next.  We decided to take a day trip to Alabama and visit Tuskegee Institute and Tuskegee Airmen.  We arrived early and began our adventure at the Tuskegee Institute.  My wife and I were both surprised at how spread out the University was.  The actual museum is a little tough to find; we had to stop and ask for directions once we were on the campus.  While the … Continue reading