A Couple of Old Lovebirds Hiked Through All 59 National Parks In 7 Years

More than 43 years ago, Donna and Mike Guthrie attended their first date together at a coffee shop. Intrigued by one another, their date lasted for seven hours, and they married less than a year later. Now, they are grandparents.

In 2009, the lovebirds made a plan to visit every single national park in the United States of America by the time they were both 70 years old. This meant that they would have to reach every single park within the course of 7 seven years.

On their 36th anniversary, they spoke about their bucket lists and came up with the idea. They were both 63 at the time. The two had no idea how many parks there were; all they knew was that they wanted to visit and hike at least 5 miles in each and every one of them.

As they started their adventure, they bought National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes for seniors, which were priced at $10.00 per person. They went all over the country to hike through 59 parks. Some of their favorite memories include watching the sunrise during Easter in Utah’s Arches National Park, observing an astronomy lesson in Colorado’s Gunnison National Park and riding horses in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park.

On June 11th, 2016, the couple finished their quest, ending with a hike at Great Smokey Mountains National Park. They were joined by their children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, grand-nephews and grand-nieces.

Donna Guthrie is not new to such feats. In fact, she hiked at least five miles in every state in one year to commemorate her 50th birthday.