Sunday, April 23, 2017

Are you an National Park person?

I've decided there are two types of people in this world - National Park People and Everyone Else.  Jaley, Mick, and I are most definitely a National Park People.  Scott and Sarah fall into the Everyone Else.  Don't get me wrong, the people of Everyone Else visit, appreciate, and fully enjoy our country's National Parks.  But, Park People are a different breed.  We love the Parks, we love talking about the Parks, we love planning to go to the Parks, we love dragging our family to the Parks, and we love Teddy Roosevelt for creating them.  Like I said, we are a different breed.  But we are a mighty large breed.  Want to book a lodge in Yellowstone for Summer of 2018?  You better be online May 1, 2017 at 7AM, because that is when reservations open.  All of us Park People will be queuing up to secure our visit.

Since I am a self-described Park Person and, conveniently, the person who plans our family trips, where did we go this Spring Break?  National Parks, of course.  We hit the Mighty 5 in Utah.  Today, we were off to Pinnacles National Park, America's newest national park.  That is how I picked to spend my birthday, so the family had to say yes. Is that all? No, that is not all, no, no that is not all.   I have plans for a few more this year.  Of course, living within driving distance of so many parks is quite the unfair advantage.  Heck, Pinnacles was just over an hour away.

Today, marked the end of National Park Week.  It meant free entrance to the parks, but don't worry, they have free days through out the year.  Plus fourth graders (and their families) get in free all year.  Even if you can't score free entrance, it is still a deal.  The per person cost is usually good for a week and costs less than a movie ticket.

With April closing out, it means summer is around the corner.  Track season, Little League, and end of grade testing are all past the midway point.  Jaley had an amazing time at Science Camp last week.  A week away with her 5th grade classmates, what a fabulous right-of-passage.  The weather is (finally) nice and our calendar is quickly with the many celebrations that mark the end of a 21st century school year.  That has left the kids (and I) suffering from a bit of endofschool-itis.  It will be here before we know it.

That is life in MomZania.