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I really thought that the National Parks would stay opened during quarantine, to be honest. Sure, I expected some sort of appointment system or restricting the number of people that came in, but I didn’t expect them to close down. However, once they opened up again, I was so ready to visit the National Parks around us.

Here’s the video I watched that brought so much perspective as to why the National Parks closed down during the beginning of the pandemic.

So, attendance has gone way up in the past few years. In a pandemic where social distancing is being asked of all of us, I can definitely see why the National Parks closed down as a precaution to the number of people that might flock to them.

However, I was so happy when the parks finally opened. The walls of my apartment were starting to close in, so I was super excited to spend time in nature. We ended up visiting the C&O Canal near us and it was so much fun to go on a hike and to be fully surrounded in nature.

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park - Visiting a National Park during Quarantine | Sincerely Yasmin

We took masks with us during our visit to the National Park, but there were so many stretches of walking in which it was just us for as far as we could see. We hiked for about three miles or so until we reached a picnic clearing, had lunch, and then walked back. The clearing was big enough that we didn’t really worry about other people. Thankfully, only one other group joined us while we were there so it wasn’t a big deal.

I didn’t take too many pictures during our National Park visit because I ended up really just being in the moment and enjoying the fact that I was actually IN NATURE?!? and NOT MY APARTMENT?!? It felt like a big deal and something I needed to savor.

I hope you truly enjoyed the pictures of the frog because I missed the opportunity to photograph a doe while trying to take a picture of the frog. Balance, right?

Electrical wires above the hiking trail at Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park | Sincerely Yasmin

This was one of the coolest moments during the walk. Due to all the wires, the clearing was BUZZING so loudly! At first, I thought something was wrong with my ears…until I asked my husband and he said it was coming from the wires carrying the electricity. As you can see, these are the bigger towers so there was a high amount of electricity traveling through the space and causing the buzzing.

Have you visited a National Park during this time of physical distancing? How was your experience?

-Yasmin

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