Friday, June 9, 2017

Friday Favorites

Seeing as we are off gallivanting in the wilderness for the next few days, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorites that fit in with the camping/ outdoors theme. Not sure if it's up your alley or not, but I am digging them all!

Parks Project

The hubby introduced me to this brand a couple weeks ago and I am IN LOVEParks Project takes the concept of giving back to nature and applies a dash of environmental social enterprise. As a for profit business, they use the sale of an array of apparel and accessories to connect consumers with park conservancies. Each product purchased contributes directly to one of over 30 different conservancies across the USA, providing vital funding for the ongoing care of National Parks. And their stuff is AMAZING! I mean, I literally want it ALL (FYI: My birthday is 9/10 ;))!

Some of my FAVES (aka my MUST HAVES!)

PS I know the kids shirts won't fit me, but aren't they so cute?! 

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

The National Park Service just turned 100 years old! I think a GREAT way to celebrate the start of their second century would be by visiting a park (or seven) in 2017. During ten days of the year, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer FREE admission to everyone.

Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2017:
  • January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day 
  • February 20: Presidents' Day 
  • April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday 
  • September 30: National Public Lands Day 
  • November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend 


With more than 400 parks available there is something for everyone, every day. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the 117 national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. The others are free all of the time. Plan your visit and enjoy our country’s history and nature.

59 Illustrated National Parks - Hardcover: 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service

I actually had this book on my Christmas list last year (and one of the "Santa's" on my list was kind enough to get it for the hubby and I). The hubby and I are hoping to start venturing to a lot more of the National Parks and this book is not only a great "coffee table book", but also a great way to commemorate some of those adventures. The illustrations are gorgeous and could technically be used as pieces of art (if you were willing to cut up your book, that is). 


REI's Guide to National Parks App

The hubby and I both have downloaded this app (just in case one of our phones die while out and about) and can't wait to use them at Yosemite. REI's Guide to National Parks is your comprehensive guide to hiking and site seeing in our National Parks. Some of the features:

  • Complete trail data and hike descriptions for many of your favorite National Parks, including life-list destinations like Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Zion, Grand Teton, Mount Rainier, Point Reyes, Rocky Mountain, Zion, Acadia and 23 more! [Stay tuned for Glacier, Acadia, Great Smoky and more.]
  • Search for hikes using the map or a park's “best of” list curated through star rankings from the community.
  • Never get lost again! See your live position on a terrain or satellite map and vertical profile
  • No cell signal needed. The data is available offline, and your phone uses its built-in GPS to show your location.
  • Plan the perfect trip for you, using our hike difficulty ratings, elevation profiles, star ratings, and informed insights on seasons, camping and lodging, guided tours, food and drink, and more.
  • Traveling with kids? We have an expert-selected list of Family Friendly Hikes. Want to target the park’s most beautiful features? View our list of Gems.
  • Other cool features: Create a to-do list, upload your photos, record a GPS track, or send your exact location to help in case of emergency.
  • The app is completely free--it’s our gift to you as part of the National Park Service's Centennial Celebration.

FYI: By using GPS, the app will show your location on trails and vertical profiles (but continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life). We have yet to see how quickly the app drains your battery, but thankfully we always carry an external battery or two with us just in case ;) 


Not only are the tees and sweatshirts AMAZING, but The Mitten State is giving back! Sales of some of the items help the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to keep our state beautiful (and, yes, even though I moved away in 2006, I still call the Mitten my home). Items sold from the Summer Collection gives 2% back to the DNR.


Some of the tees that help to keep Michigan THE BESTEST!

I'm pretty sure I need that Pictured Rock sweatshirt... like NOW! #PleaseAndThankYou

Great Lakes, Great Times! You pick your boat - pontoon, speed or sail ;) 

Which of the National Parks have you been to? Which are on your list to explore soon?

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