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Kayaking through Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens
The city oasis of Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens in Washington, DC can be explored on foot along numerous walking trails. For a different perspective, try a kayak trip into the marshland between the Gardens and the Anacostia River. Bladensburgh Waterfront Park The trip begins outside of Washington, DC in […]

Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens: Kayak Trip



Antique Boat Museum, 1000 Islands
Immerse yourself in 4.5 acres of boats at the Antique Boat Museum. Located in Clayton, NY in the heart of the 1000 Islands, the Antique Boat Museum displays over 300 boats across its campus. Haxall Building Start your day at the admissions desk and purchase the package that’s right for […]

1000 Islands: Antique Boat Museum



Wooden Boat Gadfly
If you only have time for one activity in the 1000 Islands, you MUST get out on the water and take a boat ride. You can bring your own boat, book a Castle Tour and enjoy the ride along the way, or stop by the Antique Boat Museum to see […]

1000 Islands: Boat Ride


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Many luxury homes dot the 1000 Islands Region of New York and Canada. Including castles: Singer Castle and Boldt Castle. Getting There Both of these castles are on islands with no bridge access to the mainland so a boat is required for a visit. Both castles have dock space for […]

1000 Islands: Castle Tours


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Name a US National Park. If you are like most Americans you probably named Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, or Yosemite – at least those are the Big 3 that have always come to mind for me. I couldn’t complete my #100by100 quest of seeing 100 National Parks before the Park Service […]

Yosemite National Park



The Cascade Mountain Range is an icon of the Pacific Northwest. Stretching from Canada through Oregon, the Cascades parallel the coast and are responsible for the wet weather this area is known for. The Cascades are also known for creating beautiful vistas of snow capped peaks. While I was familiar […]

North Cascades National Park


As part of the National Park Service Centennial Celebration, the National Mall and Memorial Parks organized a scavenger hunt to lesser visited sites throughout the National Mall area. I love games and parks and learning (#nerd) so I was excited for this. But I was also thinking it was probably […]

National Mall and Memorial Parks Scavenger Hunt


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Zion. A land devoted to God. Utopia. To be honest, I hadn’t thought much about Zion. It was the last park at the end of a whirlwind roadtrip. And now the final morning was here. Our day didn’t start as we planned. We partnered with Zion RV & Campground for this journey […]

Utah Roadtrip: Zion National Park



If you follow me on social media (@valeriedperry on everything) you probably saw that I was hanging out at Playlist Live in Orlando, Florida a couple weeks ago. While a trip to Florida typically means time with my sister and some other friends, this trip had the bonus of also […]

Thanks National Park Foundation!


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A Camper Minivan? I was intrigued when I saw it in an email from Groupon. I’d always wanted to go RVing, but didn’t want to drive a big rig around. But I’d driven a minivan before; this I could handle. Ultimately the Groupon deal dates didn’t work for me, but […]

Utah Roadtrip Part 1


Visiting the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park from the North Unit also involves a bit of time travel. The Units are an hour apart. The North Unit operates on Mountain Time. The South Unit operates on Central Time. I arrived the same time I left. Whoa. Mind blown! […]

Theodore Roosevelt National Park South Unit