What are Free Entrance Days? Each year, a list of National Park Service Free Entrance Days is released. These are days on which entrance fees will be waived to all 400+ National Park Service units. On fee-free days, visitors do not need to pay an entrance fee to access the park and may also receive discounts or free access to stores, tours, and other amenities. These days are especially important for people who cannot afford nor have the necessary transportation to visit National Parks. Why do National Parks Collect Entrance Fees? While the majority of the NPS’s units do...Read More
Author: Sara Beth
By many accounts, 2017 was a complete and utter dumpster fire. My mom had two strokes, the Cheeto-in-Chief is leading an attack our public lands, and I’ve been in a walking boot since early May. Life in 2017 has been crazy, to say the least, and I’m so ready to say hello to 2018! Similar to last year, I have selected a personal mantra to focus on throughout the year instead of making resolutions. In addition, I made a stretch goal this year to get back on the hiking trail. I’ve shared a little background on each of these...Read More
Last year, I shared a month-by-month summary of 2016 and wanted to do a year in review for 2017. A lot changed from 2016 to 2017, including that my mother had two strokes, and I injured my ankle and had to have a major reconstructive surgery. Basically, I’m so glad 2017 is over. Due to my mother’s strokes, I made many trips home to Wisconsin. During these trips, I not only got to see and care for her but also got to visit with family and attend a lot of my youngest sister’s high school activities. My ankle surgery...Read More
To celebrate the end of 2017, Nature Tech Family hosted a special Best of 2017 #FindYourPark photo challenge. This time around, the photo challenge showcased our favorite memories from our national parks and public lands. While I participated solely on Twitter, others also participated on Instagram. These photo challenges are one of my favorite things about the #ParkChat community and I encourage you to join us online if you are interested in parks and public lands. Day 1 – “Farthest Away Moment” Day 1 of the final 2017 #FindYourPark photo challenge is “farthest away moment” (physical or mental). I’m actually about to leave my farthest away physical moment: @JoshuaTreeNPS....Read More
I am so far behind on my holiday shopping this year and I only have a few days to finish up. As I was looking, I found some great last minute gifts for outdoor enthusiasts and wanted to share them with you. I’ve broken them into four categories for easier viewing: hiking, national parks, road trips with kids, and RVing. At the time of publication, all of these last minute gift ideas are available for delivery before Christmas. Happy shopping! ___ Gifts for Your Favorite Day Hiker’s Pack Small First Aid Kit $34.95 Emergency Paracord Bracelets $9.99 Outdoor Emergency...Read More
About Sara Beth
I'm a gypsy soul from Driftless Wisconsin who is trying to stay grounded in the city by embracing my roots. My heart belongs to my Hubs and our slightly crazy dog, Rackers. Driven by a serious case of wanderlust, I enjoy afternoon drives, road trips, exploring national parks, and easy-ish hikes to waterfalls.