In 2009, we took a rafting trip on the middle fork of the Salmon River in Idaho, in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was in September and it was beautiful. Since then, every fall we take off 10 to 14 days to hike a set of national parks. We’ve done the Glacier parks and Colorado parks, and this September we’re visiting some California parks.
I think we started doing this because we both like the outdoors and hiking and exercise. Kevin, my husband, fly fishes. Hiking the national parks can be physically challenging depending on the elevation and terrain, but worth it because of the incredible views at the top – and knowing it is a good workout.
Visiting the national parks is a great adventure, experiencing the new terrain, wildlife and gaining knowledge about the history of the parks and the people who made them happen. It’s a healthy way to escape hectic daily life and enjoy peace and quiet.
Mary Ann Sullivan, R.N., B.H.A.’97, is a nurse and appeals analyst with CGS Administrators, Des Moines, which provides Medicare administrative services for home health and hospice agencies and beneficiaries in Iowa and other states. She serves on the DMU Alumni Association Board of Directors.