My love of the national parks isn’t new. In fact, I like to say it flows through my veins.
My mother grew up in and around the parks as her father was part of the team who built the roads in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. She made sure to pass along her love for the parks to my sister and me. My family spent many summers visiting Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, and Yosemite National Park. No matter where life took me, I always held the parks close to my heart.
After 40 years working in the corporate world, I decided it was time to shake things up. I joined the Peace Corps and went to live and work in Ukraine. Next, I moved to Hawaii and joined the National Park Service as a ranger. It was an honor to serve at the USS Arizona Memorial. My father was in the Navy during World War II, and that place meant a great deal to him.
For decades, I’ve visited as many parks as possible – and I’m never disappointed. I am always in awe of their beauty and amazed about how much I learn. From Yosemite National Park in my home state of California and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to the wonders of Glacier National Park and the historic National Mall and Memorial Parks … each one is breathtaking and an important part of our history.
I have visited many national parks in other countries, and there are very few that come close to ours. As citizens of the United States, we must make sure these treasured places are maintained and protected for future generations.
After much research and soul searching, I decided to do my part to maintain and protect these beloved places. This is why I became a monthly donor to the National Park Foundation and have included a gift to the Foundation in my trust. After all, the national parks flow through my veins . . . their protection will be part of my legacy.