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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

My Little Problem

Posted July 30, 2007 8:55 a.m. EDT
Updated July 30, 2007 10:42 a.m. EDT

I have an addiction that only a patch will cure.

My craving: national parks.

Before I explain let me throw out the question: what is your favorite national park? If you have traveled a lot what is your top five?

Call me a geeky tree hugger but I collect those oval patches you can purchase in national park gift shops. I've been doing it for years and I've got quite a collection. I don't have the complete set but I'm working on it. I don't cheat. The rules are simple. I can't just order a patch through the mail. I've got to visit the park and buy the patch there.

I have some huge holes in my collection. I've never been to Yellowstore or Grand Tetons but my wife has and we do the patch thing together.  I have done Haleakala and Hawaii Volcanoes in Hawaii and Olympic in Washington State twice along with Acadia in Maine.

If I had to pick a favorite it would probably be Yosemite for its sheer raw natural beauty. A very close second would be Glacier in Montana followed by Olympic, Great Smoky Mountains and Haleakala especially at sunrise.

My next goal is the write a musical album for every national park. I'm ready to get started.