Man to visit all 412 National Parks in one continuous trip

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MINOT, N.D. - Tomorrow is not promised. Mikah Meyer learned that first hand when he lost his father. He has since then taken his future into his own hands and following his dreams.

Just over 10 years ago, Mikah Meyer lost his father and it changed his perspective on what he wanted to do with his life.

"My dad passed away when I was 19 and it totally changed my world as far as in thinking we got all the time we're promised to do our dreams. He passed away before he got to retire so I thought I might not get to that point so I better tackle my dreams now while I'm able," says Meyer.

"I made a goal of when I turned 30, I would attempt this dream of visiting all of America's National Parks and it just so coincidentally happened that it's also the 100th anniversary of the National Park Services this year," says Meyer.

After realizing his dream, Mikah set aside his social life and became dedicated to funding his dream trip.

"I worked two jobs in the Washington D.C. area for four years solely knowing this was my goal. Saving every penny, not going out on Friday nights, not spending money. This was my goal. This is what I wanted to use it towards. So here I am," says Meyer.

Something Mikah didn't expect was for national park organizations to think of him as breaking the demographic barrier.

"What's really exciting for me is that the average age of a visitor to a national park is in the late 50s. So, as a 30-year-old, I'm almost half the age of the average visitor. So all of the national park organizations are using my trip to help promote youth involvement at the national parks because it's a demographic that isn't traditionally involved," says Meyer.

This isn't your typical road trip. This world record setting trip will wrap in 2019.

"Moving your life into one small space and living on the road trying to figure out where you're going to eat, shower, how to get to the parks, get wifi and not get caught in storms. It has been one big test but also a big adventure which is what I asked for," says Meyer.

Mikah says if he were to ever pass away at a young age like his father, his family can feel he has done something phenomenal.

If you want to track Mikah's journey or support his trip, you can check out TBCMikah.com.​