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Nebraska man plans to visit all National Parks in honor of late father

Nebraska man plans to visit all National Parks in honor of late father

For now, Mikah Meyer has a home on wheels.

"There's no A/C and no heating, so I kind of try to stay in tempered areas," said Meyer, who uses a cargo van to travel the country.

He's making stops at all 417 National Parks in the United States and its territories.

"I got this map with a red line that basically outlines everywhere I have to go," said Meyer.

The goal is to do the entire trip in three years.

Right now he's a little more than half way done.

"When my dad passed away at age 58, I was 19 at the time and it completely changed my world view and showed me that we're not all guaranteed to make it to 80, we're not all guaranteed to make it to retirement," said Meyer. "So i made it a goal when i turned 30, I would do something crazy to share this lesson with the rest of the world in a way that wasn't as hard as the way I had to learn it."

His dad was a beloved University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus minister who died of cancer.

Meyer, who grew up in Lincoln and has worked as a professional singer, now finds himself going to different churches, sharing a special message.

This Sunday he spoke at Augustana Lutheran Church in Omaha.

"What I usually do is talk about being an openly gay pastor's son and growing up in Nebraska, where I didn't have any gay christian role models," said Meyer, "and how important it is for me, whether it's Nebraska, North Dakota, or Washington state, to go around the country every Sunday preaching a message of inclusiveness, or accepting our LGBT brothers and sisters in Christ."

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