National Parks Tour Stamps - Multiple Stamps @ One Location?

kwthom

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I don't know if these types of questions would be better placed in the IBA Special Certifications forum in a new sub-forum...that's for the administrators to sort out

I'd like to get some clarity on the Nat'l Park Tour stamp collection process. I have a couple of specific examples I'd like to use for this query.

The rule in question: https://www.ironbutt.com/themerides/npt/index.html

...or any other site or park listed in the Passport book or other sources, such as those listed by the National Parks Travelers Club http://www.parkstamps.org in at least 25 states within 1 year.
One day, we stopped at one location & acquired three stamps:

Natchez Trace Parkway, Tupelo VC, MS
Brices Cross Roads NBS, Baldwyn, MS
Trail of Tears NHT, Mississippi

The Trail of Tears national historic trail recognizes the "Cherokee people, forcefully removed from their homelands in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee to live in Indian Territory, now Oklahoma. They traveled by foot, horse, wagon, or steamboat in 1838-1839" (nps.gov)

Now, when I look at the NPS map...I'm only seeing a path along the Mississippi River that would really claim that as a valid stamp for the purposes of the IBA's NPT. We did go by Brice's Crossroads after leaving the Visitor Center, so that's a good stamp. This one sorts itself out; shouldn't claim that third stamp.

The next day, we collected (among others...)

Russell Cave National Monument VC, Bridgeport, AL
Trail of Tears NHT, Alabama

Because our route did incorporate some distance of the trail route that's shown on the NPS maps of the Trail of Tears heading toward Russell Cave (very cool place, by the way), I feel that taking claim of the second stamp there is valid.

Anything here we're missing in this interpretation of the NPS tour rules?

Thanks!
 

Russ Black

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Though I am not the final word on this subject, I achieved the Silver level of this award and this is what I did. The rules say "Purchase a "Passport to Your National Parks" book($7.95) from either a National Park Visitor's Center or by mail from...". That is the small blue book. I claimed only the parks and sites listed in that book. They are listed on the first page for each of the different regions. Each region uses a different color. Sadly the Trail of Tears is not listed in that book but the others you listed above are. I could not find a print date or edition number in my book. I also suggest securing a National Parks Pass https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm Good luck
 

kwthom

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My wife and I are currently doing the ride. Only a few more sites remain, along with less than a handful of states would successfully complete the Master version of the ride.

Now, where we have differed in our approach is the use of other sources, as I've quoted from the rules above.
 

Russ Black

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I'd get a few extras to be safe. I collected 62 parks in 25 states for the Master and 76 parks in 32 states for the Silver. The good news is that you have an entire year to complete this if their happens to be any problems. I know you and your wife are just loving this ride. You get to see the best parts of our nation and learn a whole bunch of new stuff. I know I did. Good luck and be safe in your travels.

Russell
 
#5
I did as Russ, only counted the ones in the book. I found out later all of them can count if they have a stamp. I turned in only 76 parks and 29 states on my Honda VTX 1300R.
It was a lot of fun.
 

kwthom

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Five months in, and we're over 50 stamps collected, but still need a couple of states to get the > 25 tally in that column. We've spent a couple of days sweeping up the plentiful stamps here in northern Arizona. Yes, in mid-November.

Yes, it was cold when we hit the road this morning. o_O

There's still about four that are 'close to home' - like, a day-ride would get the needed spares (I figure a 10% overage should be satisfactory), along with three adjacent states left to collect (CA, NM, TX).

Thanks for the confirmation, gang! ;)