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2012 New Years Resolution…Check!

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2012 New Years Resolution…Check!

Even though it was done in a way I never expected, I think this is the first time I can actually say that I actually completed my New Years resolution. I set out 2012 with the goal of visiting 5 new National Parks, but I thought I’d really end up closer to 10 parks. I had some general ideas of where I wanted to go, but as the fall (and my busy season at work) got closer, I was actually thinking I wasn’t going to even hit my minimum goal of five parks. BUT, one thing that hadn’t crossed my mind was the possibility of ending up international – technically, I never said “5 New US National Parks.”

Over my three weeks I spent in Southeast Asia, I tacked on another couple of National Parks in addition to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well (Places of historic or natural significance as defined by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). This year, on top of revisiting Canyonlands, Arches, Yellowstone, Teton, and Rocky Mountain National parks, I got to:

  1. *Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona (April)
  2. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado (May & August)
  3. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah (July)
  4. Capital Reef National Park, Utah (July)
  5. (*Updated*) Doi Suthep National Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand (November)
  6. (*Updated*) Chiang Dao National Park, Chiang Dao, Thailand (November)
  7. Lam Nam Kok National Park, Chiang Rai, Thailand (November)
  8. Kuang Si National Park, Luang Prabang, Laos (November)
  9. Luang Prabang, Laos – UNESCO World Heritage Site (November)
  10. Halong Bay, Vietnam – UNESCO World Heritage Site (November)

So all-in-all, I’m saying I hit  10 total this year. Boom, first ever completed resolution!

Grand Canyon  National Park, Arizona

Grand Canyon  National Park, Arizona

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Doi Suthep National Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Doi Suthep National Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai National Park, Chiang Dao, Thailand

Chiang Mai National Park, Chiang Dao, Thailand

Lam Nam Kok National Park, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Lam Nam Kok National Park Chiang Rai Thailand

Kuang Si National Park, Luang Prabang, Laos

Kuang Si National Park, Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang, Laos

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay Vietnam

*I had been to the Grand Canyon when I was younger, but it was a completely different trip and I didn’t appreciate it at that age. So it’s counting.

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