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National Parks T1D Road Trip

Welcome! I'm Jeremy, a Type 1 diabetic driving around the United States for three months to visit National Parks, inspire others to get out and have fun without fear, and raise money for JDRF, the world's leading T1D research organization.

THE STATS: Today (June 28, 2017) is Day 84 of 90. I'm currently in Salinas, CA (as of yesterday). I've visited 34 parks and driven 14,100+ miles so far. The trip has raised $660 for JDRF, which is 27% of the goal.

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Articles: National Parks T1D Road Trip

Day 60

Day 60: The lower and upper reaches of Zion National Park

I decided to skip Zion on this road trip because it's so packed with tourists. But I changed my mind and I'm glad I did: hiking in Zion was fantastic and as usual got my blood sugar down to where I wanted.

Day 58

Day 58: Blood sugar epiphanies at the edge of the Grand Canyon

90% of visitors to the Grand Canyon only see the south rim. We saw both rims, and on the south rim I had a grouchy epiphany about high blood sugar: forget about it.

Day 55

Day 55: Drop what you're doing and go to Petrified Forest National Park now!

Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert offer some of the strangest and most alien landscapes on the planet. And it's just a simple drive through the desert to see it all.

Day 54

Day 54: Canyon de Chelly National Monument, the trip's best surprise

In the obscure corners of America you can find some wondrous sites, but few are as amazing as Canyon de Chelly National Monument. Ever heard of it? I hadn't.

Day 53

Day 53: Harsh diabetic lessons at Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park let me down with regards to a campsite but the ancient history of the place taught me some important lessons, about life and about diabetes.

Day 52

Day 52: How to get the most out of Black Canyon of the Gunnison without hiking

Not only did I manage to see virtually all of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, but the visit finally straightened out my blood sugars. Can't ask for more than that!

Day 50

Day 50: Too windy to hike at Great Sand Dunes National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park is great but on the day I went, the wind was so strong that hiking was discouraged. I mean, I tried, but man it was rough going.

Day 49

Day 49: Strolling around Taos Pueblo, America's oldest community

On a visit to Taos Pueblo I learned about an ancient American culture and figured out how to take insulin for a Tiwa Taco, sitting on a plastic chair in the cool dirt under the warm spring sun.

Day 46

Day 46: Wait, are those *real* bison?!

I thought central Oklahoma was just 'okay'. The animals and vast fields of flowers in Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge turned my head around, and gave me perfect BGs to boot.

National Parks T1D Road Trip: Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is the diabetes-themed National Parks T1D Road Trip? Who is running it? How can you get involved? It's all here in the FAQ.

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About the article I wrote for Diabetes Mine about my National Parks Type 1 Diabetes Road Trip and Fundraiser. Read the article here.

Day 45

Day 45: Oklahoma's Chickasaw National Recreation Area gave me perfect blood sugars

There's a lot more to Oklahoma than fields and flatness. Chickasaw National Recreation Area taught me this, and also gave me a series of excellent blood sugars.

Day 44

Day 44: What do you mean diabetics can't soak in Hot Springs National Park?!

A brochure warned diabetics not to take baths in Hot Springs National Park but I did anyway. I worried about my blood sugar the whole time but it went great.

Day 40

Day 40: A tour of Mammoth Cave without a blood sugar check

I was worried how my blood sugar would behave on a tour of Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky. Help was eight hours away but it all went pretty smoothly.

Day 38

Day 38: The lower and greener side of Great Smoky Mountains NP

There may indeed be great and smoke-colored mountains 'round these parts but the green and moist underneath is a charming alternate look at GSMNP.

Day 31

Day 31: All trees and no mosquitos in Congaree National Park

On a visit to Congaree NP the weather couldn't have been better or the wildlife more behaved. We even got off the walkway and ventured into the swamp primeval.

Day 30

Day 30: An American history lesson at Castillo de San Marcos NM

You can get a completely non-boring, hands-on (and ears-on) history lesson at Castillo de San Marcos NM, a fort in St. Augustine, Florida. Even nicer in perfect weather, too.

Day 29

Day 29: Uncaring seagulls at Canaveral National Seashore

I ended up with an extremely high blood sugar today, and it was because of a stupid mistake. Thankfully, Canaveral National Seashore was awesome enough to distract me.

Day 26

Day 26: Oh the diabetic rage in Apalachicola National Forest

Perfect blood sugars before bed didn't last the night tent camping in Apalachicola in NW Florida. And I didn't handle it gracefully, temperamentally speaking.

Day 23

Day 23: Nothing like swamp-walking to fix high blood sugar

The tale of a walk deep into the Louisiana swamp, surrounded by frogs, dragonflies, alligators, and a downright enjoyable sense of creepy foreboding.

Day 21

Day 21: Remember the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

A tour of The Alamo and San Antonio Missions Natural Historical Park was a nice change of pace from the scenic Parks so far on this trip. Too bad about that BG though.

Day 18

Day 18: Winds blow BG higher in Big Bend National Park

Despite some hardships – natural, human, and diabetic – camping in Big Bend National Park was one of the most restful nights of the road trip so far.

Day 14

Day 14: Guadalupe Mountains NP, good BGs and spectacular stars

Spending the night in a tent in Guadalupe Mountains National Park not only straightened out my diabetes for the day, it gave me a stellar sky show.

Day 13

Day 13: The diabetes cowboy in Carlsbad Caverns National Park – yeehaw!

Intense exercise directly after an insulin shot is daunting, but I got through it almost perfectly on a trip to wondrous Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Day 12

Day 12: Sand-blind at White Sands National Monument

I was blinded by the sun's glare and my BG was a little high but an afternoon at White Sands National Monument was like a mesmerizing trip to some alien beach.

Day 11

Day 11: Why you should get the hell off the interstate

Longer, less-efficient, slower, and much more beautiful: small highways are definitely better than big interstates when you're on an epic road trip like this one!

Day 11

Day 11: Hot insulin and tall cacti in Saguaro National Park

Keeping insulin cool in Saguaro National Park is a challenge but worth the trouble: these cartoonish and gigantic cactus plants are an unbelievable sight.

Day 9

Day 9: The art of Ajo and chilly desert observatories

Roller-coaster blood sugars didn't diminish the excitement of an artists' oasis in the Arizona desert and a vast collection of observatories high above an Indian reservation.

Day 9

Cactus vs. sky at Organ Pipe

I had both the lowest and highest blood sugars of the trip so far at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, but it was still an extraordinary camping experience.

Day 8

A lizard beckons us towards ancient desert petroglyphs

On a side trip to see some ancient Native American petroglyphs in southern Arizona, I met a lizard and got a great blood sugar reading thanks to a kindly cactus.

Day 6

The whole world in two hours, courtesy of Southern California

From a dusty little box canyon to lush green vineyards to a low saline sea to wild, unforgiving desert sand dunes, southern California said goodbye in style.

Day 6

Sun, moon, and cacti: Joshua Tree National Park

Camping plans didn't work out but Joshua Tree National Park gave us everything: sunset, full moon, cactus gardens, wildlife... and those insane trees.

Day 5

L.A. glitz, meet the San Bernardino Mountains

The Hollywood sign, a motel made of wigwams, an alpine lake picnic and a dusty desert drive, all within in a few hours. Plus some encouraging blood sugar signs.

Day 3

High winds block access to Channel Islands National Park

Fierce winds canceled all boats at Channel Islands National Park, but the visitor center was still worth it. And my blood sugars finally improved today.

Day 1

First impressions of America, from an outsider-insider

On Day 1 of this epic road trip, my reverse culture shock upon returning to the US asserted itself in some embarrassing ways. People still vape!

Day 0

One hour before leaving for the airport

My flight leaves in about four hours. I think I have everything finished but who can say. I'll find out when I get there and start the big USA road trip!

Twelve days until the trip. No I'm not ready yet.

With just days to go until my gigantic National Parks road trip I have almost no details planned. And that's just fine with me - makes it interesting.

How diabetes skills saved me a bunch of money on the car rental (video)

I didn't want to pay the full price for a 90-day car rental so I used my BG management skills to gradually find lower and lower prices. Here's the video.

Tough trip planning? Nothing a diabetic can't handle

Some trips take more planning but that's almost as much fun as traveling itself. Being diabetic complicates things more but gives you the tools to handle it.

Diabetes teaches you how to deal with extra nonsense

Some things are more complicated for diabetics than others. But that just makes it easier to handle problems and issues in other parts of life with aplomb.