Thursday, August 25, 2016

On This Date

August 25, 1916: The National Park Service was founded.

Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park

Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park

How many national parks have you visited? What’s your favorite?

4 barks and woofs on “On This Date

  1. I’ve only visited a half dozen or so, but I’ve been to Yosemite several times – and I would go back in a heartbeat.

  2. We had a personal goal to visit as many as we could over the years when we were still traveling. We must have visited more than a dozen. We worked our way through the Civil War battle sites in the process. And we joined the National Parks Foundation which gave us a free pass to them. The parks are in terrible financial trouble since raising support for them seems to Congress to be a frivolous expense. Many in Congress don’t like the idea of national parks anyway and would prefer the land to be put to agricultural or mining use. So I urge all your blogger fans to go on line and join the Foundation. You and your heirs will be glad you did.

  3. It’s been years — we used to go on summer road trips when I was a kid. Let’s see — Everglades, several times; Smoky Mountains (near my mother’s family); Rocky Mountain, en route to Yellowstone (which for a while was a summer destination); Glacier; Olympic, both parts, the mountains (quietest place I’ve ever been, if you step off the road into the forest just a few yards) and the shore (in the fog, everything in black and gray, and fairly spooky); Grand Canyon, where I almost fell in (it’s a mile deep, and I’m not good with heights). Plus Petrified Forest National Monument, another National Monument in Nevada that I’ve forgotten the name of, and any number of national forests. (We did a lot of camping.)

    All that by the time I was eighteen.

  4. Grand Teton, My oldest daughter is named after Jenny Lake at the foot of the Tetons. She is as beautiful as the spot.

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