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Christina Benton: Mama on a Mission

Posted by Anna Roth at Jun 08, 2016 03:30 PM |

Last winter, Christina Benton took to the road with her three kids, for a 64-day trek across the country. Her goal: to share America's National Parks with her children, and to raise awareness about the park service's lack of visitors who look like her family.

Last winter, Christina Benton took to the road with her three kids (who are homeschooled), for a 64-day trek across the country. Her goal: to share America's national parks with her children, and to raise awareness about the Park Service's lack of visitors who look like her family.

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Christina Benton's kids (Joshua, Averie, and Nathaniel) had a great time on their more than two month road trip this winter. Photo courtesy Christina Benton.

Before her trip, Benton, who writes the blog Nomadic Mama of 3, had been to 43 sites in the National Park System, but this was the first time they'd been to the West and Southwest sections of the country. Her kids loved the trip -- White Sand Dunes was a favorite spot.

The trip was greeted with unanimous approval wherever they went. It also sparked discussion between Benton and the Park Service, pushing back about the misconception that "brown people don't participate in the outdoors."

Photo courtesy Christina Benton
Photo courtesy Christina Benton.

Teresa Baker of African American Explorations interviewed Benton after the trip for the website Trail Posse. Read their conversation, and consider following Trail Posse for more awesome content like this.

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