Documenting every single trip, Mikah Meyer is a year and a half in to a three-year journey. His plan: to visit all 417 National Park Service Sites. It's a trip he started to honor his father.
"He passed away when he was 58 and he didn't get to retire and it taught me a life lesson."
So Mikah quit his job, packed his things and hit the road to explore America. Everything he owns is in his new house... his van. He says it's good reminder to him that he doesn't need as much as he may think.
Mikah is funded entirely by personal donations. Many of the sponsors he has come from the churches he's visited all over the county. He's using his faith and background as a professional singer to inspire people along the way. And while it looks great in pictures... this trip isn't always easy.
"There have been many times where I almost quit because the finances and the loneliness...or just its really tough living in a van."
Oh, but you didn’t think red, orange, yellow and green were all the colors I could pull from this scene? Don’t forget to order your rainbow-themed t-shirts from the design I created bringing together 5 of the National Park Service’s rainbow-titled sites: - Rainbow Bridge National Monument - Rainbow Point in Bryce Canyon NP - Rainbow Falls in Great Smokey Mountains NP - Rainbow Lake in North Cascades NP - Rainbow Park Campground in Dinosaur National Monument *Link in my bio or at mikahmeyer.com/shop
Micah is gay, and told us he lost financial sponsors because of his sexuality - making it even harder for him to fund the journey.
Now he's on another journey - using his faith to spread acceptance. It's a mission he says has been well received. So his trip continues...at least for another year.
Super depressing site. Why? Because all this dude had to go through just to be treated with 1/10 the opportunities he would’ve been granted had he been born white. Smiling because he has a @nationalparkservice recognizing his achievements, but sad to realize how low our country acted for so many years, and how little has changed. See a video of me at the site + more in the Joplin Globe coverage of my visit *Link in bio*
Above all else...Mikah says he will be thinking of his father the whole time.
"This was something I needed to do not only for me but for him."
Our affiliate News Channel 9 in Chattanooga, TN contributed to this story.