As I continue to put Positive Psychology into Practice (blog link) , here’s some more reminiscing – experience reminiscing this time.
One of my pandemic projects was dealing with all of our photos. From the pre-digital world, we had boxes and boxes of photos. I spent hours sorting and discarding, before sending them off to be digitized.
The second part of my pandemic photo project was to create some coffee-table picture books, something new and creative for me to try. This creative side of the project has recently been accomplished… and I’m pleased with my first attempt at creating books in this way.
I used ShutterFly, mostly because I found some good coupons. It’s relatively easy to do and I am sure much more can be done (embellishments, story telling) than my first attempt. I choose 2 books to begin – my favorite 2 trips ever: our Africa Safari in 2017 and our Southern Utah National Park trip in 2002.
I reminisced a bit recently with my niece (via text) about National Parks as well; they had just been to Acadia. And then I took the experience reminiscing even further, since reminiscing is one of the Positive Psychology practices I am consciously working on. I’d like to share some of that reminiscing (also part of the practice):
I have visited 24 of the 62 National Parks. Yes, there are also national monuments, preserves, forests, reserves, military parks, historical parks, historical sites, memorials, trails, and more. But I’ve always had a “thing” for the National Parks and we spent a few years on vacations hiking in many of them.
Some National Park trivia: Yellowstone was the first and is on my been-there list. California has the most versus any other state, and I’ve been to many of them but not all. Alaska has the largest National Parks (Wrangell–St. Elias National Park being the biggest but I’ve not been there) and Missouri has the smallest (Gateway Arch National Park and I’ve been there!).
Southern Utah was my favorite National Park trip (hence the picture book) as we explored 5 parks there – Arches, Canyonlands, Capital Reef, Bryce, and Zion. I loved Bryce and Arches while hubby loved Zion and Capitol Reef. It was a 2-week trip and we did a lot of hiking. In fact 2 of my favorite ever hikes were on this trip – Devil’s Garden in Arches and Angel’s Landing in Zion.
Some of my other favorite ever hikes were also in National Parks: Cascade Falls in Grand Teton, Grinnell Glacier in Glacier National Park, and Siyeh Pass (done backwards) also in Glacier National Park.
We’ve also visited National Parks in Canada, Kenya, and Tanzania. Yes, other countries have National Parks, too. The best animal siting, by far, were the Kenya and Tanzania National Parks, (hence the picture book full of animal pictures), but Yellowstone was also pretty amazing for animal spotting (we went in early summer).
The next National Park I want to visit is the Everglades. Yes, all the years heading to Florida and I have not been there!
Are you a National Park lover as well? What’s your favorite?
Photo credit: Tim Doyle, Southern Utah 2002