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Let’s face it: visiting national parks isn’t always a walk in the park. As beautiful, fun, and inspiring as these places are, these are also places where it’s all too easy to make a mistake, and there’s nothing wrong with that. We’re only human, after all! Plus, mistakes are how we learn, right?

Think of this page as your national parks confessional. From the funny mistakes to the scary ones, this is a place where we can all share our “Mistakes in the Parks.” What’s yours?


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Making Your Own Shelter

Hiking the Appalachian Trail is no small feat, and it’s especially impressive when thru-hikers accomplish this epic trek with equipment and gear filling out their packs. Such gear might include a tent, but there are indeed lean-to shelters in place along the length of the trail, for good reason.

Always Keep Food Safe From Vultures

At Everglades National Park, there’s plenty of wildlife to worry about, from alligators and crocodiles to elusive panthers and invasive pythons. Crows and vultures might not seem like the most obvious pests, but when there’s food involved, there’s no telling what these clever critters are capable of.


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