Friday, July 17, 2009

Blessings Friday: Park Patty

We’ve all seen gnomes, stuffed rabbits, Flat Stanley, and other assorted interesting characters in photos documenting their adventures all over the world.

© June Scroggin, All Rights Reserved. Park Patty

I have Park Patty, a National Parks Ranger doll purchased last year at one of the national parks. Park Patty is not really her official name; she was named by my husband. She visits every national park we explore and poses for photos in front of park entrance signs and inside visitor centers where we get our National Parks Passport booklet stamped.

© June Scroggin, All Rights Reserved. Park Patty at the Grand Canyon

Here she’s being held by two rangers at the Grand Canyon National Park. The dolls are not available in every park’s gift shop and I was surprised by the enthusiastic interest of rangers at the Grand Canyon and some other large parks. They all wanted to hold her, even the men, and examine her little ranger badge and binoculars. It’s a lot of fun.

© June Scroggin, All Rights Reserved. Park Patty at Zion

Here she is at Zion National Park, resting after an exhaustive hike. There are more pictures of this tiny traveling ranger, but I won’t bore you with them all. I may, however, have to start a photo album just for Park Patty’s adventures.


DIane Schuller said...

I think this is cute. I've seen photos with other travel mascots as you've mentioned and I do think creating an album with them is a fun idea.

Have a creative but relaxing weekend June!

Barbara said...

That's great. I take my passport book with me and always try to get it stamped, but I have never seen the park ranger doll. She is adorable.
As I once was a park ranger, I will have to be on the lookout for one of my own.
Good luck getting your stamps!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What fun June! I like Patty's name :)
I have to get one of those passport booklets --we hope to explore a few parks soon.

Hugs, Pat

Heidi said...

What a great concept!

zarah said...

This is adorable! I love that you got two real life "Park Patties" to pose with her!

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Mrs.Kwitty said...

Love her!! The details are amazing and what a fun thing to add to your travel journals/scrapbooks!
Smiles, Karen

Storybook Woods said...

Oh my girls would have loved her xoxox Clarice

Saucy said...

Park Patty is so very cute! She's lucky to get to go on adventures with you.

meg said...

I love Park Patty! What a great idea- reminds me of the Yarn Harlot & her traveling sock. I agree she should have her own scrapbook (maybe even a blog someday):-)

meg said...

FYI~ I found the Ranger Doll & passports (along with tons of other NPS goodies) @

pharmacy said...

This is perfect, I'd like to know if I can buy this doll in every single National Park I go, because it would be a perfect memory I'd have to the Park.