Frequently* Asked Questions * or at least occasionally!
Are these the best photos ever taken of these parks?
No, some are not even very good. The primary goal is to visit, learn and enjoy the parks. The photography is my experience, weather, time of day, allotted time in the park, access and ability. Hopefully the later is improving.
Then why take the pictures?
I recall my time best when I recall the photos. Not just the actual photo but what was going on at the time of the photo. Plus I really like the process and improving my skill level over time. And it is a wonderful record for us.
Are you going to get to all 417 parks?
Maybe, not very likely. American Samoa, Guam, some of the western Alaska parks will require much more effort, planning and money than I may ever have available. Others are just tricky. One in California requires a two-week notice for a ticket and then often cancels. We missed another because the road washed out in Arizona and two in DC are closed right now for repairs and maintenance. However all 417 is the goal. PR, VI and Hawaii are doable but costly, so they will come, I expect, when the trailer is sold.
Why do all this with an RV? Isn’t that expensive? Isn’t that restrictive?
When traveling for one or two weeks the RV is clearly more expensive - still has nice benefits. However, going for two or three months, there is no contest. Besides the initial cost, some of which you will recover, campgrounds range from free to National Park sites that are very reasonable to commercial sites that range from 35 to 80. Also the ability to be in the park for late evening and early morning photos is valuable. Plus you can eat your own food and sleep in your own bed. Priceless.
What is your favorite park?
We both would answer Acadia, because of how familiar we are, that we can do all the hikes, stunning scenery and the wonderful memories. Yellowstone is a very close second.
I thought there were only 59 National Parks, right?
Right, but the National Park Service has responsibility for 417 or so ranging from thousands of square miles national parks to homes in a city, battlefields, seashores and much more.
Do you have more information on _____ park?
We have lots of information like where we stayed, restaurants, hikes we enjoyed, ranger tours - lots of information. If you see any park in bold on the gallery list that you are traveling to and want our take on that park, just ask.
Where can we get great ice cream?
Jeni’s Splendid in Columbus, OH and other locations, Cows in PEI, Leonardo’s in Savannah, Cones in NYC, Island Creamery in Chincoteague, Lapp’s in Lancaster County, PA, Ted Drewes in St. Louis, MDI and Jordon Pond in Bar Harbor, Fresh and Two Roosters in Raleigh, Glenn’s Custard in Springdale, PA, Kilwins in several locations, Ghirardelli in Orlando and San Francisco, Molly Moons in Seattle, Graeter's in Cincinnati, Toscanini’s in Cambridge, MA, The Bent Spoon in Princeton, Kimballs Farm near Boston, Creamery at Michigan State University, Craft Creamery in Danville, CA, Sweet Scoops in Sonoma, Bresslers in Philadelphia. We need lots more field work here!