From the writers at Miami Herald.
Usually a couple waits until retirement to take that year-long dream vacation. Not Elizabeth and Cole Donelson.
The Kansas City 25-year-olds are in the middle of a journey that will take them to all 59 national parks. They started on Aug. 18 at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado and plan to finish next Aug. 25 — the centennial of the National Park Service — at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, better known as St. Louis’ Gateway Arch.
While it’s not specifically a national park, “That’s our home park, the closest, so that’s our big finish,” Elizabeth said.
The pair is not doing this with luxury in mind. They’re sleeping on air mattresses, in their car, anywhere in the parks they can remain close with nature.
“There are points where we wish we had an RV or could splurge for a hotel,” Cole said. “So being in a tent means you’re exposed for a long time. In the Great Smoky Mountains, it rained four of the five days we were there.”
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