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Andy Magee

Image of cliffs by Andy Magee
Andy Magee

A year ago this week, Andy Magee set out on a 365-day quest to visit every single location within the U.S. National Park System. His initial travels happened to coincide with a government shutdown in January 2019 that made access to some parks difficult, but Magee didn’t let those early, unexpected challenges stop him.

Now, after having spent the holidays exploring various parks in Hawaii, the local artist and co-owner of Cioci’s Picture Mart in Kirkwood has brought his journey to a close. On Tuesday, he checked the final site off his to-visit list: the Gateway Arch.

He joined host Sarah Fenske on St. Louis on the Air Friday to look back on the highlights and lessons from his trip.

The moon appears above Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in this recent photograph by St. Louisan Andy Magee.
Andy Magee

On the first day of 2019, St. Louis resident Andy Magee embarked on an unusual adventure with a goal to visit all 418 National Park Service units around the U.S. within the course of a single year. He’s now five months into that journey – and back in St. Louis this week for a pit stop.

On Monday’s St. Louis on the Air, he joined St. Louis Public Radio’s Jonathan Ahl to give an update on his travels, which began during the federal government shutdown.

St. Louis resident Andy Magee takes a selfie while visiting San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico.
Andy Magee

Barricades and “park closed” signs weren’t quite the sort of sights Andy Magee anticipated photographing when he embarked a couple weeks ago on a 365-day tour of the National Park Service’s 418 units around the U.S. But so far, his “418 Parks” Facebook page is full of such photos – evidence of the ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government.

Magee, who is a local artist and a co-owner of Cioci’s Picture Mart in Kirkwood, has continued on his journey anyway and is currently in the Carolinas. He joined St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh on Wednesday for a conversation about what he’s been observing.