A lot of people are surprised to find out how little I know about National Parks.
I can't tell you what species are protected where, which states don't have a park or how to get to each one... I couldn't even name them all.
This trip for me is about learning about each park through my own experiences and the stories that people tell me about their experiences.
I don't want to do a bunch of research and know a bunch of facts.
I want to hear stories and tell stories and learn about the parks through personal narratives.
That's what this project is all about for me.
I didn't know that there was a desert in Colorado and that it got so cold at night and the stars lit up the sky so bright it was like sitting in a Walmart parking lot.
I didn't know that until I went.
I didn't know that you could sled down the dunes until someone told me.
I didn't know that the sand could reach 140 degrees until I read a nearby sign.
I don't want to crack open a text book or browse through endless webpages, I want to see it for myself.
I want to ask stranger's questions.
I want to learn by doing and asking and sharing.
These parks are incredible and I can't wait to share them all with you, one by one.
Story by story.