Mich. Family Visits All Nat. Parks, World Record (1/10/2019)

Story by Woodall's Campground Management

A Michigan family has secured a spot in the record books by visiting each of the 418 national parks and units, according to WILX.

"Its just been amazing, I mean the people we met, you can't take that back." Cheri Maitland said after visiting their last park in Hawaii. Her and her family, finally reaching their goal.

"It was emotional because it was eight years. And some of it wasn't always easy. The reason I cried was I just couldn't believe that we completed all of them," she said.

All 418 National Parks and units, she said, earning them a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.

"Its something that takes hold of you and you fall in love. The more you see the more you learn and the more you want to do," Jim Maitland said.

The Maitland family started their journey down in Florida and recently finished in Hawaii. They said they drove most places, including Alaska.

"The contiguous United States we actually drove to. We have about 300,000 miles under our belt," Cheri Maitland said.

That's 300,000 miles with the four of them and sometimes the exchange students they hosted, all in a used fifth wheel or used camper — making memories, seeing new places and learning along the way.

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