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I don’t always agree with the way our government spends my tax money, but one government program I can always get behind in the National Parks Service. They oversee not only the 58 National Parks in the US, but also several hundred other sites, such as National Monuments and Memorials. I had the fortune to visit three National Monuments on my road trip, and Naomi has also sent one National Monument card to me from Georgia.

NM craters moon

The Craters of the Moon site in Idaho protects a huge lava field that was created by the same volcanic activity that now makes the area around Yellowstone so geologically active.

NM jewelcave

Jewel Cave is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, not far from Mount Rushmore. It’s the second longest cave in the world.

JD painted hills

The Painted Hills unit of the John Day Fossil Beds in central-eastern Oregon. The stripes of color are caused by different minerals in the different layers of rock. The John Day Fossil Beds are one of the richest fossil beds for fossils dating from the Eocene era, the dawn of the age of mammals.

NM ocmulgee

And from Naomi, the Ocmulgee National Monument in Georgia.This site preserves the ceremonial earthworks of the Mississippian culture. They were built over 1,000 years ago.

I’m hoping to collect a card from each unit of the National Parks Service, or at least all the National Monuments and Parks. Do you collect National Parks or something similar, either from your own country or from worldwide?