Another challenge that I've had my eye on for quite a while. We have visited at least one National Park or Battlefield on just about every vacation since our son Noah was born, and we have a National Park passport book full of stamps to give to him when he grows up and begins his own adventures. We don't qualify for a blackout as we still have a lot of adventures ahead of us, but we did qualify at least a few different ways. I chose the second row for our qualifying caches:
Any type preserved to highlight mountains:
GC9871 Top o' the Pass - Placed at the Logan Pass visitor center, this was the jumping off point for a hike up to Hidden Lake, with Noah riding on my back. The patrol ranger out at the overlook gave Noah a Junior Ranger badge for being the littlest boy she had seen that far out that day, and we took my favorite picture of he and I together with Bearhat Mountain in the background. We also got to see marmots and mountain goats within feet of us and breathtaking vistas.
National Battlefield or Park/Site:
GC1A73 Stonewall Jackson's Arm - Yes, T.J. Jackson's arm is buried on the grounds of the Wilderness battlefield, far from where he finally perished and was interred, shortly after the Battle of Chancellorsville. This cache is still a shining example of why I love virtual caches so much. A bit of history, a dash of whimsy, and a short scenic walk. We've been to all the major Western battlefields, and quite a few of the Eastern theater.
Any in the Southwest Region:
GC11WJ5 Tah-Ne-Co - This EarthCache offers a nice grand tour of Hot Springs National Park, from Bathhouse Row to the top of the observation tower overlooking the town. It doesn't hurt that we ate at McClard's BBQ twice over a couple days.
Any type preserved to highlight a cave:
GCNEJP Mammoth Creation Earthcache (Kentucky's 1st EC) - We visited this one while Noah was still a month away from entering this world, and the missus did just fine despite the looong stairs down to begin the tour. This particular EC focuses on the sinks above the cave, and I set off solo for the find while she rested after our tour. Beautiful underground while it rained outside.
National Scenic Trail:
GC1A9G5 - IATCC - Parfrey's Glen State Natural Area (No. 1) - One of the prettiest little hidden places in Wisconsin, though a poorly kept secret. Access has been intermittent over the last several years with flooding destroying the boardwalk and significant parts of the trail. More fun to scramble among the rocks anyway.
TFTC beccaday. Be cool Honeybunny!