New Year, New Adventures: Support Your State Parks

Happy New Year!

A fresh new year definitely has me thinking of things I want to accomplish in 2014, but I also can’t help but think about the goals, aspirations and new ideas that began around this time a year ago.  One of the goals we made as a family was to visit more of our Washington State Parks.

We kicked the year off and set the goal in motion with the purchase of the Discover Pass.  In fact, it was one of my Christmas gifts to my husband, Slaed, but a state park pass also makes a great new year’s gift for yourself or someone you love.  So many goals come to mind that it would help with:

  • Fitness
  • Health
  • Travel
  • Exploring the outdoors
  • Beginning a new outdoor sport or activity
  • Education 

Our Discover Pass brought us to places all across our Puget Sound region in 2013:

Moran State Park: Orcas Island, WA | WildTalesof.com

`Obstruction Pass State Park: Orcas Island, WA | WildTalesof.com

Lime Kiln State Park: San Juan Island, WA | WildTalesof.com

Olallie State Park: North Bend, WA | WildTalesof.com

Saint Edward State Park: Kenmore, WA | WildTalesof.com

Rattlesnake Mountain: North Bend, WA | WildTalesof.com

West Tiger Mountain (Swamp Monster Trail): Issaquah, WA | WildTalesof.com

Bayview State Park: Skagit Valley, WA | WildTalesof.com

Saltwater State Park: Des Moines, WA | WildTalesof.com

Dash Point State Park: Federal Way, WA | WildTalesof.com

To be honest, we were surprised to learn we only visited a total of 10 state park units, but we did visit several of the parks more than once with Moran being the most frequented.  And besides, 10 (+) is a whole lot more than years past.

A side effect of our interest and enthusiasm for our parks is that we now seek out state parks in our travels outside of Washington.  Our trips to California, Wisconsin, South Carolina this year all included visits to at least one state park gem.

With a brand-spanking-new pass for 2014 ready and waiting, we’re anxious to see what the year will bring in terms of state park adventures.  Looking back on the year, we really didn’t venture past the Cascades to any of the parks in Central and Eastern Washington.  Seems to me that a new goal may be taking shape!

Are you motivated to visit more state parks this year? Why? Tell us about the state parks near you!

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5 thoughts on “New Year, New Adventures: Support Your State Parks

  1. You know what, a State Park Pass is an awesome idea for a present. I’m thinking it’s going to be a late Christmas gift for our family this year. Thanks for the inspiration!!

    • That’s awesome, Kate! Thanks for stopping by the blog today. We’ll are headed to Colorado this year in July, so I’m looking forward to checking out your blog!

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