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.