- A Day Zero Project goal of P.J.’s has been completed!
Goal completed: Get 25 stamps in my Passport to your National Parks .
Date completed: April 16-17, 2011.
Number: 16 (remember, these goals will not all be done in order. It’s a random list where the numbers actually are).
Description: For those who don’t know, the Passport to your National Parks is a program where you have a passport and can have stamps for it when you visit certain national parks or landmarks. I’ve had the passport for a while, but figured that putting this as a goal would help me get some stamps in there (I had only gotten one in Gettysburg in 2010).
Why I wanted to do it: National parks are awesome. I figured this would be a way for me to push myself to see more national parks, monuments and landmarks. I didn’t realize I would get it done so quickly, however.
How I did it: I went to Washington D.C. Seriously. The National Capital area has SO many places to get stamps, as well as many you can get at the Washington Monument gift store. Therefore, it was somewhat easy.On my first day, I got five in the Mid-Atlantic Region at Arlington National Cemetery. That included the 25th anniversary stamp at Arlington. This year is the 25th anniversary of the Passport program, so there are many of these stamps out there.
See below for some of the Mid-Atlantic stamps I got. The Gettysburg stamp didn’t count toward this goal as it was done before I started the Day Zero Project.
The following few days, I was in D.C. and near the National Mall, so I saw a lot of things and eventually got the bulk of the stamps. In all, I got nearly 30 stamps for the weekend.
Alas, I also learned something. Going and getting a ton of stamps isn’t as fun as I hoped. I’m going to keep my passport with me and when I know I’m hitting a national park or monument, I’ll check to see if there are stamps there. And I’ll get them. But I’m not going to go nuts hoping to get as many as I can. I have too many obsessions as it is. I don’t need another. Plus, it’s more fun when you can remember everything!
I’m still holding out hope I can add one or two at Acadia National Park this fall. But we’ll see how that job hunt goes!
About P.J.’s Day Zero Project: Day Zero is a project where people come up with 101 things to do over 1001 days. I started the project on Oct. 10, 2010 with an anticipated finish date of July 8, 2013. Goals will not be revealed until they are completed. A private list is at the Day Zero website and the list will be made public upon completion of the project. It’s my thoughts that if things are kept private, should I not do them, change or find a way around it, I’d only be cheating myself.
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