Interview with Nancy Bandley, Passport Stamp Collector and Busy Traveler
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At the new National Parks Traveler, Kurt Repanshek and I have as a goal to provide original multimedia content about our parks. It's an advantage of the web that we can bring you audio and video programs from time to time. As part of an ongoing series, we'll provide interviews with folks who have special insight on the parks. Today I have a conversation with Nancy Bandley. Nancy has accomplished something very few others have done, she has visited every single unit of the National Park Service, all 391 of them. On her travels to the parks, she collects park passport stamps, and is very involved in a large community of folks who do the same. When she's not on the road traveling, she has found time to write a series of articles about travel to Alaska's National Parks for our website. If you've ever collected those little stamps in the Visitor Center, I think you'll enjoy what Nancy's got to share today.
Nancy is the president of the National Park Travelers Club. This weekend they are having their 5th annual conference in Olympic National Park. But, if you can't be there in person, you can follow the club on their discussion board.
If you'd like to learn a little more about the parks Passport Program, you can read a little history provided by Nancy. If you are interested in buying passport gear, follow this link to the eParks store, operated by Eastern National. And, if you are interested in reading the articles Nancy has written for this website about travels to Alaska's National Parks, you can find those here.