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Timucuan Historic Preserve, Fort Caroline Memorial, & Ribault Monument

We took a quick weekend trip to Jacksonville and stopped by this park. It’s been years since I lived in North Florida and I had since forgotten how much Spanish moss they have down there!

The Timucuan Preserve encompasses a huge area and there are several different “parts” to this preserve. We visited the park near the Fort Caroline National Memorial; though, sand dunes, plantations, and beautiful natural areas of the park exist as well. We’d love to check them all out one day.

We stopped at the Visitors Center … Continue reading

Marine Corps War Memorial/Netherlands Carillon

{EAV_BLOG_VER:dbdc225f2703861e} A roughly 15-20 minutes walk from the front entrance of Arlington National Cemetery, lies  a plot of land (what I’d personally call a park) containing the well-known Marine Memorial as well as a giant bell tower.  Apparently, the bell tower was a gift from the Netherlands in 1954 given in appreciation to the US for its support in WWII.  The Marine Corps War Memorial is a statue which I have seen in pictures hundreds of times, yet could not have previously labeled it or stated it’s location. Due to … Continue reading

Arlington National Cemetery

During our trip to Washington DC, we planned to visit Arlington National Cemetery.  In doing such, to our surprise, we obtained our first “Mid-Atlantic Region” stamps!  Naturally, we had assumed that it would be considered part of the National Capital Region though it seems as if only those in DC proper qualify for the “red” stamp.  So, we added two new regions to our National Park passport stamp collection.

Multiple stamps are available at or nearby Arlington National.   Arlington, itself, reportedly has 25+ funerals every day, though this was not … Continue reading

Baby’s First Passport Stamp

While visiting family in Michigan, we took a day trip and drove down to Put-in-Bay to visit Perry’s International Peace Memorial.  My brother, sister-in-law, and 15-month old niece accompanied us.  In support of our National Park adventures, my brother bought my niece a passport book.  While eparks publishes a special book geared towards elementary-aged children, it does not have any room for stamping.  We all wanted Anna to stamp, and therefore, she has a “big girl” book.  Check out the pictures to see just how much she enjoyed her … Continue reading

MotorCities National Heritage Area

In searching the web a few months ago, we learned about National Heritage Areas.   According to, National Heritage Area is not actually units of the National Park Service.  Heritage Areas are not owned or managed by the National Park Service and the NPS’s involvement is always advisory in nature. In our opinion so far, these seem to be hit-and-miss locations of interest and the employees at the two we have visited have not been very familiar with the National Park passport stamp system.  As such, our stamp here … Continue reading

Gulf Islands

We stopped in at this National Park on a trip to visit some of my husband’s family in southern Louisiana.  His sister and mom were with us and we had a destination to reach by dinner, so we did not spend quite as much time as we might have otherwise.  Boat trips can be arranged from the Davis Bayou Area, where the Visitor Center is located, to the barrier islands.  Visitors are able to camp, swim, and fish on most of the islands.  Those interested in camping must request a … Continue reading


After an exciting day in Plains, GA that lasted longer than expected, we did not have as much time in Andersonville as we had originally hoped.  Without a doubt, however, our experience at the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site was well worth the delay!

In talking about the National Park System with friends in Georgia, many mentioned visiting Andersonville in the past.  Not only does this park commemorate the Union Soldiers once held captive on these grounds in Camp Sumter, but it also serves as a memorial to all American … Continue reading

Jimmy Carter

The night after we took my mom and grandma to Kennesaw Mountain and the MLK, Jr. Historic Site, they were looking at our Passport Book to see where else we could take them!  I’m not sure if they were really as into the Passport program as we were, or if they were just being supportive, but not one of us will ever regret the decision we made that evening.  The plan was to wake up early and drive to Plains, Georgia and Andersonville, Georgia.

Plains, Georgia held quite a … Continue reading