Traveling Ted is a blog that takes readers along on my adventures hiking, canoeing, skiing, and international backpacking. Many blogs focus on one aspect of backpacking, but I tackle both the outdoor adventure side and international exploration as well.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome back U.S. National Parks.

I have been so focused on the Chicago Marathon the last couple of weeks that I hardly noticed the U.S. government was shut down. It was a good thing I got my U.S. National Park fix out of the way with a hike in Isle Royale National Park in late August.

Now that a deal is on the table, and we can enjoy these amazing places again, here is a photo essay of some of the National Parks I have visited over the years. I have been to my fair share, but some of the most amazing ones including Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Bryce Canyon have eluded me. I am sure I will make it there soon.

Isle Royale National Park hiking

Isle Royale National Park

I tend to be drawn to the national parks on the eastern side of the Mississippi with multiple stops at the Great Smoky Mountains, the Everglades, and Isle Royale. I have made it to a few western parks as well with stops at Zion, Grand Canyon, a short trip to Joshua Tree, and Rocky Mountain National Park.

Joshua Tree National Park

The beautiful desert at Joshua Tree

The next trip I would like to make is to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. What is your favorite U.S. National Park? Which one is on your bucket list?

Everglades National Park

This guy will gladly welcome you back to the Everglades National Park

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

It is nice to know we can hike the Grand Canyon again

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Impressive rock formations at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Rocky Mountains

Rocky Mountain high

Great Smoky Mountains

Great Smoky Mountains

Hiking the Stoll Trail

Lake Superior and Isle Royale National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

The Colorado River and the Grand Canyon

Mt. Rushmore

What would these guys have thought of the government shut down?

Great Smoky Mountains

Probably would have thought they were one of these – Turkeys in the Great Smoky Mountains

Big Cypress

Great egret in the Big Cypress National Preserve close to the Everglades

Joshua Tree flowers

Joshua Tree National Park

Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

Sunset in the Badlands

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