One man is traveling across the country with a goal to break a record, while fulfilling his father's dream.
Mikah Meyer's mission is to visit all 417 national parks in the United States. Today, Meyer visited stop number 287 on his list, Saguaro National Park. While Meyer has only visited Arizona once prior to this adventure, he is excited to see all the parks within the state.
Meyer's father was a Lutheran minister, who passed away from cancer. He told his son if he weren't a pastor, he would have been a trucker, traveling around the country. Meyer is grateful to do this trip in his honor.
Meyer, however, says this trip has come with a series of extremes. "It has been the most amazing thing I have ever done and also the most stressful thing I have ever done. I think when you see it on social media, it looks like a giant vacation, but as I heard someone say, it must take a lot of work to make it look like a vacation. That's totally been the truth. While I've been seeing these amazing places around our country, it's also really hard to live in a van and be sharing this journey without steady Wi-Fi and without a kitchen or a regular bathroom."
If Meyer completes the tour of all 417 national parks, he will not only be the youngest person to do so, but will also be only person to ever complete this tour in one consecutive journey.
When asked what he is looking forward to once this journey is complete, he said, "A steady hot shower and a bathroom. Just those little things we take for granted."
Meyer will share his journey with the public at The National Parks Store in Tucson on Monday, February 5 at 2 p.m.