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A River Holds Forever

  You stood before me once at twelve And gave me quite a notice And once again at thirty-something To heal a heart that was broken At fifty, you returned to me At ease and lingered longer An earthy spirit satisfying Only the need to wander And someday when you can’t return And your soul […]

The “Other Side” of Fort Lauderdale

I know many Chicagoans, like myself, love to escape the sometimes-harsh Midwest winters and head off to South Florida. Many will even do biannual trips and will also try to break free from the greyness that can still grip the Midwest in March and April. There are certainly many escape routes to Florida, and for […]

The Roots of Wanderlust

First, some background: The name of my company is Wanderlust. However, due to the somewhat commonality of the word, my online presence (both the website and social media accounts) are under the moniker of Wanderlustmark. That combined the company name (Wanderlust) with my tagline, “Where Will You Leave Your Mark?” Hence, Wanderlustmark. I’m not a […]

Time, Tide, and Mother Nature Wait for No One

The recent shocking and devastating fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was a strong reminder that nothing lasts forever. The Cathedral, of course, will be rebuilt, but to those who have never laid eyes on the iconic church in the French capital, they know they will never see the actual historical structure. It […]

Why It’s So Hard to Give These Days

I do believe it is inherent in people to want to help. Despite the craziness that dominates our news, I do believe people are good and are always willing to help others, known and unknown. Sometimes it’s just hard to know how to help. And lately, it just seems that there are so many in […]

In Search of My Mangelsen Photo

There is an iconic image of a large Alaskan Brown Bear standing, mouth wide open, atop the famous Brooks Falls awaiting the lunch of a sockeye salmon who is flying helplessly toward his impending doom and into the jaws of the bear. It is an award-winning photograph taken by the renowned naturalist photographer Thomas Mangelsen. […]

Why We Can’t Pick a Favorite National Park

Being an openly avowed, self-proclaimed National Park Junkie, I open myself up to that ubiquitous question, “What’s your favorite park?” It happens often. Very often. Which is okay because I truly do love talking about our national parks. The problem is, it’s very difficult to answer. So, I hedge. I say things like, “The last […]

The Other Side of the Black Friday Creep

Black Friday used to be a “day.” It was the Friday following Thanksgiving where stores would offer deep discounts to lure in holiday shoppers. In the last couple of years, though, the line between Thanksgiving Thursday and Black Friday has blurred. In fact, it’s not there anymore. The Black Friday creep has encroached on the […]

Out & About

Thanks for visiting our website! We hope you take the time to browse our site, read our blogs, and do a little shopping for National Park Junkie® merchandise!

Aside from shopping online, did you know you can also find our national park shirts in gift stores in/near some of our beloved national parks? * Zion National Park * Bryce Canyon National Park * Great Smoky Mountains National Park * Rocky Mountain National Park * Cuyahoga Valley National Park * Yosemite National Park * Badlands National Park * Grand Teton National Park * Yellowstone National Park.

We also give back! We donate to the National Park Foundation, the National Parks Conservation Association, and to the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

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Please email us if you have any questions, or if you just want to share some travel stories. We love hearing from you! Happy Travels to all of you!

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