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Ken Burns’ National Park Marathon

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I haven’t seen one minute of this yet, as I’m still basking in the afterglow of our monthlong x-country/National Parks trip and I don’t want to ruin that with another’s images.

Alas, it sounds like this is no Civil War/Baseball/Jazz.

TV Marathon – Ken Burns’s National Parks | via Outside Online

Written by Jeffery Battersby

October 1st, 2009 at 10:38 am

Mile 587 Post 14

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PA Route 22, Gallitzin, PA
301 miles from home!

Says Joanna:

After the observatory in Tennessee, we drove to West Virginia. We got to see our Uncle Joe and our Aunt Jane. After visiting them, we went to go see our great grandma Bunny. Now we are on our way home from our cross- country trip. This trip was very amazing and it brought our family closer together. We got to see how beautiful our country is. Thank you for reading our posts on this trip.

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July 31st, 2009 at 9:37 pm

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Mile 587 Post 13

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Next to last leg of the homestretch, somewhere in a VERY rainy Kentucky.

Says Kristin:

Although I was asleep when it happened, today’s 587 was just when we left Tennessee and went into Kentucky. What I do remember though is my brother whining “noooooooooo noooooo I want to go baaaaaack”, and he made a good point. Yesterday and the day before, we spent the night at Dyer Observetory at Vanderbilt University. Yeah, IN the observatory. So that was quite an experience. Then my dad’s friend, Rocky Alvey, (as Colin would say, the best guy in the world) showed us around the observatory. His wife, who is a bigshot in the Tennesee capitol building, got us an amazing tour guide who gave me the most interesting tour any of us have ever had. Then we went back to the observatory and grilled some steaks, and we hung out with their kids, who are all at least two and a half years older than me. It was fun, and we all had a great time.

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July 30th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

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Mile 587 Post 12

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Red River, AK. 3:20 PM CST
I30, 7 Miles West of Hope

Says Colin:

Yesterday we went to the Daves. Christopher wanted me to cut his jedi braid. I ruined the experience for him and every one else. I kept laughing. After the ceremony I started to cry because I thought about it and I thought, Christopher was counting on me to cut off his 4 year braid and I just lauphed, then he came in the room and I apologized for doing something wrong and I asked if he would forgive me and he said “Colin I don’t have to forgive you if you did nothing wrong.” After that I felt much better.

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July 30th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

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Mile 587 Post 11

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July 26 8:54pm CST on I-20
Junction, TX… homeward bound

Says Joanna:

Wellllll the day was very interesting. First, we went to carlsbad cavern. They were very big and pretty. After that, we went to Sonic. It was the first time we went and it was pretty good. We are now on our way to see our friends the Daves that live in Austin.

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July 28th, 2009 at 10:20 am

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Mile 587 Post 10

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July 25, 1:10 PM MST, US 285 @ Waller Ranch, 131 miles NW of Roswell, NM. At present, no alien lifeforms in sight.

Says Kristin:

We are on the home stretch of our trip of the ages. After planning for years, it’s hard to believe that there is really only a week left.

Yesterday we rode on a real steam engine train, one that you might recognize from Back To the Future, the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Let me tell you, it was the experience of a lifetime. Not only was the view from the open car spectacular, but Silverton, a weensy town at the far end of the rail, was absolutely lovely. Just a cute little town with a complete school district of 60 students, and exactly one paved road, it was set into the mountains and was a town I would definitely spend my summers at.

Currently we are driving through New Mexico, headed towards Carlsbad Caverns. Look them up; they’re really a sight to see from what I have heard.

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July 25th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

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Mile 587 Post 9

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Route 89, 10 miles East of Page, AZ
1:40 MST.

Says Colin:

Today we went to Powell Dam. To me it looked like a mini Hoover Dam. We just left Zion National park, there we saw 2 Rattle snakes. We hiked to two emerald pools in one of the pools there were so many tadpoles. Then we hiked to the weeping rock, those two trails are where we saw the rattle snakes. When we were at emrald pool there was wet claylike dirt that we put our hands in and after that we put our handprints on the wall.

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July 23rd, 2009 at 10:29 am

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