Catherine Parker, National Parks TravelingMom

Catherine Parker, National Parks TravelingMom

Catherine Parker has a passion for travel with only two states left in her quest of seeing all 50. As a former flight attendant with one of the largest airlines, there isn't a major North American airport that she hasn't landed in at least once. Since clipping her professional wings after 9/11, she combines her love of the open road with visiting national parks, historic sites and cultural icons. She is based out of Central Texas, dividing her time between writing and restoring a 95-year-old house. She shares her life with her three kids, her husband, two cats, a dog and six backyard chickens.

Give Kids a Taste of Frontier Life in West Texas

Southwest Texas is home to one of America’s coolest national parks, an historic lodge built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and a Dark Sky observatory. It adds up to a great spot for giving kids a glimpse into the wonders of frontier life, US history and the galaxy. Where else can you find all of that within a few miles of one another? Visiting Southwest Texas with Kids Is this the year that you load up the kids and drive until the road ends to explore an untamed corner of Texas? You have Big Bend National Park on your...

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Channel Your Inner John Wayne with a visit to Big Bend National Park

Driving into Big Bend National Park, it’s tough not to conjure up images of John Wayne riding into the sunset in one of his great Western movies. This vast national park in the southwest corner of Texas along the Mexico border is one of the largest but least visited national parks in the United States. You’ll find it at the end of the road in the middle of the Chihuahuan Desert. During the summer, the park is all but shuttered due to the harsh desert conditions. But its rugged beauty is inspiring and a winter visit is well worth the...

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