Q:Where did you find the risk game templates?
Are you talking about the map? I just searched the web for Risk maps, found the one I liked best, then used a rasterbator app to enlarge it and print it out. Then I basically traced it onto the board.
Happy 97th Birthday to the National Park Service! It protects places in our great country that fill peoples hearts and minds with joy, wonder, and peace. And a special thank you to Stephen T. Mather; without his trailblazing work in the NPS, it wouldn’t be what it is today. “There will be never come an end to the good that he has done.”
Q:I saw one of your stickers (the Acadia one!) on a car in Tennessee! It's a small world!
Really?! That’s awesome. Its been more successful than i could have ever imagined!
Are you still planning that epic road trip? My wife and I visited a few new parks out west this past month. I know you had asked a question once about Carlsbad Caverns. OMG, its amazing! We were down there for nearly 5 hours. You need to go there and camp at Guadaloupe NP, small campsite but its a lightly visited park so you should have no problem getting a spot. Good base camp for visiting it and Carlsbad. And definitely go to White Sands Natn’l Mon. You can sled on the sand dunes!
The trip so far
AWAY WE GO
Today Sarah and I leave on our annual road trip west. This year we will take a slightly different route, traveling southwest through Texas with our first destination Carlsbad, New Mexico. From there we will visit a few parks in New Mexico, then hit up Saguaro National Park in Tucson, AZ, before spending a night in Las Vegas. After that we will spend 6 nights in Great Basin and Zion National Parks before heading home.
The wild places in this country of ours are the closest I feel I can come to seeing the hand of God in this world. Places like Yosemite Valley, the rim of the Grand Canyon, the mountain tops of Rocky Mountain, or in Sarah and mines favorite park, the aptly named Zion. It is in these places where I find myself closest to God.
Although I consider myself a spiritual person, as an adult, I rarely find myself having those “mountain top” experiences that I once had on a regular basis as a teen in my youth group. I suspect most people encounter this situation. Going into the parks, for me, is like entering a church or cathedral of God’s own design. We, as humans, can do nothing to improve them. They are perfect on their own, without the interference of man and civilization, and they are closer than anything, perhaps, to what God originally had planned for us in the beginning in the Garden of Eden. For me, visiting these places, seeing these sights, is like a pilgrimage.
11 days from now I will return to my average life, and try and ride the highs of our trip for as long as I can. But before that, as is the case every summer, I will be blessed by being in the presence of some of God’s most beautiful creations, and have many mountain top experiences, figuratively, and quit literally.
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.
This natural beauty-hunger is made manifest … in our magnificent National Parks— Nature’s sublime wonderlands, the admiration and joy of the world.