Parks is a beautiful game that is also very relaxing to play.
In Parks you take the role of 2 hikers as they trek across different trails during the four seasons of a year. As each season passes, the trail changes and grows longer. Hikers see beautiful sites, and perform actions when they arrive. When a hiker reach the end of the trail, they can spend tokens they have received to visit Parks and earn points. Your goal is to achieve points from your Parks, Photos, and Personal Bonus at the end of the Year.
Gear and Canteens can be gained and used to help you through the trail and get points. Your campfire allows you to visit a site where another hiker already is and cannot be reused until one of your hikers reaches the trail end. Add to that wild animal tokens and changing weather tokens, and you get a really fun game.
In the solo version you play alongside 2 Rangers who join you along the trail. The end of the trail gets flipped to a solo side that give actions to the Rangers and Trail End. Their movement is dictated by the stars on the gear cards and where they are placed along the trail. The solo version also adds Event cards that are not in the normal group play.
Event cards are only activated when the Rangers have collected 3 suns or 3 raindrops. They do add excitement to the solo game, and I think they would be quite fun to add an Event expansion or variant to the normal multi player game.
I played 3 solo games of Parks today. My first 2 scores ranked me a Seasoned Hiker, but my third got me the worst ranking. Games take about 15 minutes.