Apparently visiting all of the 47 national parks within the continental U.S. isn’t an original idea. I assumed that others had attempted this journey before and decided to do some recon to support my suspicions.
- Isle Box has mapped out the optimal route (although they claim there are 48 – not true)
- Scott Cochran, a photographer, visited all of them within a year and documented his journey through mainly pictures back in March ’14
- Some other, non-American peeps have attempted the voyage, but the jury’s still out on whether or not they actually completed the circuit
And then there was me. Starting at Shenandoah (that’s point “C” along the East Coast for those of you who are map illiterate), I’ll be working my way clockwise around the loop. I’m estimating about three days per national park, with no more than five hours of driving time during my in-between days. This means I’ll have some fun stops along the way. Atlanta? Yep. Nashville? Prolly. Dallas? Heck, yeah!
This is my Great Plan, but right now it’s the forest rather than the trees. Details will need to be worked out as June 29th, my launch date, approaches.
And to all those who have gone before me, I salute you.