Passport to Your National Parks program
So obviously, I love books. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised by how attached I’ve become to my National Parks passport. The passport is a small, spiral-bound book that not only gives you an overview of all the National Parks across the country, but also allows you to document your visits to each park.
From the National Park shopping website:
Spaces in each region are designated for you to collect rubber stamp cancellations at each national park site you visit. The cancellations, similar to those received in an international passport, record the name of the park and the date you visited.
I’ve had my passport since 1995. Amazingly, I will have visited over 100 parks after my vacation to California (over 20 of them are from Washington D.C. – it’s really easy to rack up a lot there). This count only includes parks visited from 1995 on – not the parks I visited while I was a kid.
The passport program started in 1986 and I kick myself when I think of all the other parks I could have collected while on my travels. This is how addictive this thing is.
Google it – you should see some of the websites devoted to this. I imagine that once this thing is full, I’ll buy another one and do some kind of bookbinding hack, therefore creating a Frankenpassport.