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Parker’s “National” Easter Egg Hunt … Where Did Parker “Park” His Eggs?

It may not be held on the Whitehouse lawn, but Parker Flatly’s 2020 Easter Egg Hunt does have National significance. Each and every colored egg he hid this year can be found in a National Park, at a National Monument, on a National Lakeshore or Seashore, or in a National Forest. Scan the pictures and count up all the eggs you can find, then read the clues below each photo and see if you can guess what National area the eggs are parked in. Give yourself one point for each egg you find and two points for each area you figure out (the answers can be found at the end of this post.) Add them all up and post your score in the comments box. Here we go … HAVE FUN!

Grand Canyon National Park
This “EGG-cellent” park really ROCKS, spanning 190 miles long and up to 18 miles wide.

This incredibly rocky place was carved out by approximately 277 miles of the winding Colorado River. The vast area is so diverse and has such drastic elevation changes that it can actually create its own weather! Speaking of that, whether you’re on the cooler, shadier north rim, or the more popular, warmer south rim, you’re bound to be wowed by the power of nature.

 

Padre Island National Seashore
You won’t be swinging any clubs in this sand trap along the Gulf!

Who needs roads? Hop in your car and head for the border along this 90 mile stretch of beach. Why so long, you ask? Because everything is bigger in Texas! There’s no official view of an ocean along the way, but you will see the next best thing to a sea.

 

Mount Rushmore
If you know where this special place is, you just may be “a head” of the class!

Where else can you see the busts of four great presidents that measure over 60 feet high? Day after day, Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln stand vigil, welcoming over 3 million visitors a year to this site. The memorial sits in the Black Hills on the Western edge of this Midwestern state that is otherwise generally fairly flat.

 

Voyageurs National Park
This houseboat certainly isn’t the way the “namesakes” of the park traversed the water, but it sure is a great way to explore it now.

Much of this park along the Northern border of the country is accessible only by crossing water. Hop on a tour boat to visit the Harry Oveson fish camp, check out Ellsworth Rock Gardens, or drop a line in Rainy, Kabetogama or Namakan Lakes. Besides Parker’s handywork, while you’re there you might also find an egg in a Loon’s or Eagle’s nest!

Haleakala National Park
From nearly 10,000 feet up you’ll be watching an amazing sunrise from above the clouds!

This spot is the farthest west Parker traveled on this mission to hide his Easter eggs. While standing atop of this inactive volcano parked in the midst of the Pacific Ocean, he listened to a native chant that welcomed a new dawn to this “House of the Sun.”

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Exploring the largest freshwater lake in the country can be a “Superior” experience!

From the amazing landscape formations to the green forests to the intriguing sea caves, this group of rock chunks surrounded by the big lake they call Gitche Gumee has something for everyone. Walk the shoreline. Paddle a canoe or kayak. Ride a tour boat, water taxi or ferry. Fish, swim, ski … this place is a sport enthusiast’s paradise. And although the group contains 22 rather than 12, the religious name of this place is quite fitting for the near religious experience you’ll enjoy!

Yosemite National Park
One look beyond Parker’s right shoulder proves why this place is known as one of the best rock climbing parks in the country. Don’t drop an egg off that peak!

This incredible place in the Sierra Nevada mountains was established in 1890 and is filled with some of the country’s most iconic spots. It starts with the breathtaking Tunnel View, then keeps you gasping with giant sequoia trees, Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan, Half Dome, and so much more. Parker would love to return again and again to hide eggs around this amazing park.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Superior National Forest
Parker had to carefully portage the eggs into this vast wilderness area.

This protected area sits in the middle of a National Forest and with over 1,100 lakes in its midst, is accessible only by canoe. The pristine spot contains 1,098,000 acres of land and water within its boundaries and boasts more than 2,000 designated campsites to pitch a tent. Much of the water is so pure you can drink right from the lake! And seriously, hide an egg up here and it might go undetected for years! (Bonus pic … name both the forest and the name of the protected area within that forest where Parker is standing and give yourself 5 total points for this photo instead of just 2!)

Dry Tortugas National Park
Fly a float plane, take the catamaran, or captain your own boat to this place 70 miles off the coast, but you’re definitely NOT driving here!

Fort Jefferson, an old military fortress that also eventually served as a prison is the centerpiece of this place. The sugar sand shoreline and snorkeling also make this an interesting place to explore. But remember, if you peel one of those Easter eggs while you’re prowling this island, you’ll need to bring the shell home with you, because there’s definitely no trash pickup way out here!

Great Smoky Mountain National Park
When the sunrise peeks over the peaks of these popular mountains, the beautiful Easter Egg-like colors will leave you “dying” for more!

With top elevations between 5,000 and 7,000 feet and a famous “blue smoke” type of atmosphere on certain sunny, humid days, larger crowds are drawn to these mountains than any other park in the country. Wouldn’t it be great to celebrate your Easter here?!?!

O.k., how do you think you did? Did you find all 16 eggs in the photos? (No, the 6 eggs on the cover photo DON’T count. Parker hadn’t hidden them yet!)

Now it’s on to the National areas. Here are the answers. Remember to count up your score and post it in the comments box below. And if you’d like to read more about any of these places, we’ve posted easy links in the answer key below. Thanks for playing and Happy Easter from Meandering Mike and Parker Flatly at Park Yourself Outdoors!

Photo Answer Key:

  1. Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona)
  2. Padre Island National Seashore (Texas)
  3. Mount Rushmore National Memorial/Monument (South Dakota)
  4. Voyageurs National Park (Minnesota)
  5. Mount Haleakala National Park (Maui, Hawaii)
  6. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (Wisconsin)
  7. Yosemite National Park (California)
  8. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) within Superior National Forest (Minnesota) — if you named both the BWCAW and Superior National Forest, give yourself 5 points instead of just 2!
  9. Dry Tortugas National Park (Florida/Gulf of Mexico)
  10. Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Tennessee/North Carolina)

4 Comment

    1. Good job Katie! Hopefully you at least got Mount Rushmore correct 🙂 Maybe you need to start venturing out of your home state a little more often … it’s fun!!!

  1. Found all 16 eggs and only missed Dry Tortuga Park, although I knew it was in Florida and perhaps in the Keys. Although perhaps I can’t count the Mount Haleakala National Park in Maui either because I couldn’t remember the exact name of it, even though I knew where it was. Fun game. Thanks Mike and Parker Flatly for giving me something interesting to do while I can’t visit these parks right now.

    1. Thanks for playing along, Mary! Good job on the parks. I have to admit, I knew very little about Dry Tortugas until shortly before we visited Key West.

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