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While Dry Tortugas and Everglades national parks in Florida are returning to normal after bracing for a tropical weather system, at Cape Hatteras National Seashore up the Atlantic Coast in North Carolina officials were preparing for an approaching tropical storm.
Laughing children, teens streaming out of the cafeteria, and elk grazing peacefully on the lawn greeted me as I made my way to check in to the YMCA of the Rockies, a venerable and sprawling retreat cupped in a mountainous bowl sidled up against Rocky Mountain National Park.
Grand Teton National Park Foundation has not only completed, but exceeded, its $14 million Inspiring Journeys fundraising campaign to renew Grand Teton National Park’s most iconic destination in honor of the National Park Service centennial.
A few years back, Editor Kurt Repanshek and I had an opportunity to tag along on a research boat headed across Yellowstone Lake. I remember it vividly, because on the way back an afternoon mountain storm whipped up some foamy whitecaps and our boat started to look pretty small for such a big lake (it covers 136 square miles, at an altitude of 7,700 feet).
A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for setting on fire the historic Wallace Barn that burned to the ground earlier this month in Ozark National Scenic Riverways.
As we celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service, here's a look back to 1916 and the life of Stephen Mather, the first director of the National Park Service.

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