The past two weekends I have had two experiences that have firmly cemented in me that the primary reason I run is to immerse myself in nature and explore the scenic beauty of the wild as fast as possible under my own manpower.
Custer State Park is located just an hour's drive south of Mount Rushmore and is one of those places where reaching it is half the fun. There very few places on earth where you can actually get stuck in traffic because a herd of buffalo decided to cross the road.
In these bizarre times, it's best to keep an open mind, especially when the government suddenly throws a wrench in your national park vacation plans. For those seeking take a trip anytime in the foreseeable future, all is not lost.
Don't let the government shutdown get you down. Just do what a real adventurer would do: adapt! There's countless waterfalls, beaches, forests and more just waiting to be discovered in the country's state and county parks.
National parks are the soul of America, telling our diverse stories and teaching valuable lessons about our shared heritage. As we look to the future, we must ask ourselves what is the legacy we will leave behind for our children and grandchildren?
Only 15 miles from downtown SF, Gray Whale Cove is a fiercely wild place devoid of cars, crowds and development. Next year it will be one of 70 California State Parks slated to close its doors due to budgetary shortfalls.