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Connecting America as a Family to America's Best Idea, by Visiting all 401 National Parks, to Enhance Quality of Life and Financial Stability, through Education, Communication, Preservation and Sustainable Practices.

Mother-daughter team Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, publishers of, along with their travel mascot  Priscilla, have officially embarked on their SPIRIT OF AMERICA TOUR in an effort to promote the full funding and protection of America's 401 National Parks.

Nancy and Lisa's goal is to visit each of the National Parks by the end of the National Parks Centennial, on August 25, 2017. During these visits they will be hosting live on location Big Blend Radio broadcasts from the National Park gateway communities, as well as producing videos for Big Blend TV, editorial pieces and radio shows for each of Big Blend's ten online radio and video magazines. "It is our intention to showcase not only the beauty and historic heritage of America’s Best Idea, but to show how they add to America's quality of life, as well as the economic and environmental benefits of fully funding, staffing, protecting and expanding our National Park system, especially for the gateway communities. Our parks and public lands bring individuals and families together through educational and recreational opportunities, as well as the chance to experience our natural world in a clean and safe environment."

“Big Blend has provided a first-class forum for our staff to share information about a variety of issues related to national park protection,” said Alan Spears, Cultural Resources Director for the National Parks Conservation Association. “The passion Lisa and Nancy have regarding the preservation of our natural, cultural, scenic and recreational resources is infectious and makes Big Blend one of the best talk shows on the internet. I’m both proud and honored to be a regular guest of this incredible team.”

Interview with Scott Gediman - - Yosemite National Park, Lisa Cesaro - DNC Parks & Resorts, John DeGrazio - YExplore Yosemite Adventures

- Dennis Villavicencio - Sequoia Foothills Chamber of Commerce

- Leah Launey - Three Rivers B&B

- Kitty Lee – Sequoia Comfort Inn & Suites

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Point Reyes National Seashore


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As ambassadors for Quantum Learning Network's “8 Keys of Excellence Character Education Program”, the Spirit of America tour also embraces the challenge of bringing excellence to 50 million children and young adults. This free program guides young people and families, toward a positive future full of confidence, motivation, creativity, team work, leadership and valuable life principles.
“We are inspired by the admirable commitment of Lisa and Nancy to our national parks and thrilled the 8 Keys of Excellence are traveling with them to each park! The Keys are principles to live by that have impacted ten million kids and people of all ages. We are excited to have Big Blend as our champion partner in our campaign to bring the 8 Keys of Excellence to 50 million people by 2015 – creating a nation of excellence, a world of excellence!” says Bobbi DePorter, president of Quantum Learning Network.

As they travel, Nancy and Lisa gather local recipes from chefs and cooking enthusiasts. These recipes will be featured in the 3 different 'Big Blend Spirit of America Road Trip Recipes' e-Book series, with all proceeds benefiting select non-profits including the National Parks Conservation Association, Learning Forum International, and Born Free USA.