Eighty-one-year-old Ohio grandmother Joy Ryan is on a mission to visit every national park in the country.
She’s got more than 31 to go and just over a year to do it.
Ryan wants to see all sixty-one parks before she turned 90.
She’s got plenty of support in a very special travel companions – her grandson Brad.
It was actually his idea.
When he told her about a trip he took hiking the Appalachian trail while in veterinary school, she expressed regret at never having done anything like that.
All her kids were grown, her husband had died twenty years ago and she had never seen a mountain.
So in 2015, he took her to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and they have been traveling together ever since.
Brad says his grandmother knows she is seeing these amazing sights for the first and last time and watching her take it all in has changed the way he lives.
You can follow their adventures on Instagram or Facebook. Look for “Grandma Joy’s Road Trip.”
And Grandma Joy’s story is a great reminder for all of us: take the time to really enjoy life while you have time.
Don’t let fear, disabilities, lack of money or negative people stop you from doing the things you want to do and achieving the goals you want to achieve.
And you know what — why not start today?