You have found yourself in a good spot to ask all of your hiking and exploring questions, as well as share your stories from your amazing trips! If you're keen to share, it'd be great to hear where you are going on your national parks tour. You might also find it fun to read through this recent thread that asked which national parks people have been to.
I lived in Houston for a long time, so know that it's fun to find great places close by too. Have you ever made your way over to the Hill Country or Big Bend? That second one is a far trip in and of itself, but the park simply blew me away with how incredible it is!
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