ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT

93-year-old woman and grandson complete journey to all 63 US national parks

May 20, 2023, 2:07 PM

Brad Ryan and his grandmother Joy Ryan set out on a journey to visit all 63 national parks seven an...

Brad Ryan and Joy Ryan, center, were honored on their visit to National Park of American Samoa. (Mandatory Credit: National Park of American Samoa)

(Mandatory Credit: National Park of American Samoa)

(CNN) — Brad Ryan and his grandmother Joy Ryan set out on a journey to visit all 63 national parks seven and a half years ago. This week they completed their goal when they arrived at the National Park of American Samoa.

“The National Park of American Samoa is the only U.S. national park south of the equator and our most remote park,” Ryan posted on the Grandma Joy’s Road Trip Instagram page created to document their travels. “It was a long road to get here, but we couldn’t have chosen a more epic place to conclude this epic chapter of Grandma Joy’s Road Trip!”

The two received certificates and a number of other gifts from the National Park Service, commemorating their 63-national park achievement.

“We defied erroneous assumptions about the limitations of aging. We defied financial and logistical constraints,” said Brad Ryan, who is 41, noting that his 93-year-old grandmother made history as the oldest living person to visit every US National Park.

“Seven and a half years ago Grandma Joy and Brad Ryan set out on a journey to visit all 63 National Parks,” National Park of American Samoa said in a post on Tuesday. “For them, however, this was not simply a checklist journey, but one of reconciliation and healing. Today, we were honored to host them as they arrived at their 63rd park and accomplished their goal. Their story is amazing and we are grateful to be part of it.”

The duo’s journey began after Ryan’s grandmother, a resident of Duncan Falls, Ohio, told him she regretted how few trips she had taken during her life, as CNN previously reported.

First he took her to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, then he started a GoFundMe page to raise money for the other trips.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Arts + Entertainment

Weeks before Pride Month starts up, Spy Hop is celebrating love in all of its forms with Queer Prom...

Josuee Sanchez

Spy Hop hosting its second annual Queer Prom Friday

Weeks before Pride Month starts up, Spy Hop is celebrating love in all of its forms with Queer Prom. The event is free to attend.

3 days ago

ksl movie show host steve salles next to IF movie poster...

Steve Salles

KSL Movie Show review: ‘IF’ has a solid message and a sense of melancholy

In this KSL Movie Show review, host Steve Salles explores "IF," a movie with imaginary friends and an odd sense of melancholy.

4 days ago

People skate at Millcreek Common in Millcreek on Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. The New Americans Internatio...

Eric Cabrera

New Americans International Market offers space for newly settled Americans to share culture and connect

The New Americans International Market at Millcreek Common is helping new refugees and immigrants connect with the community.

4 days ago

Image of the camp formerly known as Camp Steiner, in Utah's high Uinta mountains. The camp, almost ...

Britt Johnson

A new name and a new beginning for Camp Steiner

For nearly 100 years, Camp Steiner has been used almost exclusively by scouting organizations. But that's about to change.

4 days ago

A child experiences an interactive art exhibit at "Dreamscapes," the business at the Shops at South...

Aimee Cobabe

Shops at South Town asks temporary business to leave

Dreamscapes interactive art museum will relocate, after spending two years at the Shops at South Town in Sandy, Utah.

6 days ago

FILE: Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Jazz owner Ryan Smith and city an...

Jessica Lowell

Mayor trying to keep Abravanel Hall “in its present form”

On Tuesday, Wilson said she's received "an extensive amount of input" about the future of the Utah Symphony's home.

6 days ago

Sponsored Articles

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.

...

Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

93-year-old woman and grandson complete journey to all 63 US national parks