National Parks Traveler
- Week of: Oct 21 2016 | Silence of Winter at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania | Photographer: Buddy Secor
- Week of: Oct 18 2016 | By The Flickering Light Inside the Hensley Place | Photographer: National Park Service
- Week of: Oct 18 2016 | The Hensley Place, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park | Photographer: Harold Jerrell
- Week of: Oct 10 2016 | Closing Time At Colter Bay | Photographer: Kurt Repanshek
- Week of: Oct 5 2016 | Milky Way Over Canyon Cataract In Canyonlands | Photographer: Kurt Repanshek
- Week of: Sep 15 2016 | A Monumental Mascot | Photographer: Mark Picard
- Week of: Sep 5 2016 | AVALANCHE! ... (Lake) | Photographer: National Park Service
- Week of: Aug 18 2016 | Sandstone And Snow At Arches National Park | Photographer: Kurt Repanshek
- Week of: Aug 15 2016 | Don't Rush Sundown At Grand Teton National Park | Photographer: David and Kay Scott
- Week of: Jul 30 2016 | Colorful Mount Rainier | Photographer: Gary Vogt
I came to Lava Beds expecting . . . . well . . . . lava. But what I found nearly blew what’s left of my little mind. Lava Beds National Monument in north central California near a tiny town called Tule Lake (or Tulelake, it seems to be spelled both ways interchangeably) contains lava all right, and a whole lot more.
Four weeks, three venerable national parks, three entirely different experiences. And time to mull the future of the National Park System and its caretaker, the National Park Service.
It is almost absolutely silent. I sit down on a fallen redwood log and listen. I hear my own breathing. And a woodpecker somewhere far off to my right and what may be some frogs from a direction I can’t pinpoint. A squirrel chitters and a small bird of some kind chips. And all around me are the Trees.
My parents and I entered Aruba’s Arikok National Park in the early morning, intent on finding birds and beating the heat. Temperatures were already running high, and would continue to rise into the 80s and 90s by the end of the afternoon. Still, I felt too excited to care. As we turned a trail corner in a brushy section near the visitor center, my parents and I heard a loud rustling in the undergrowth. I had been in Aruba for less than 48 hours, and I wracked my brain for what large animal could be shuffling within the borders of the park. Illogically, thoughts jumped to cougars, bears, wolves – obviously, none of these species exist on Aruba.
Staying hydrated and reducing waste. Those are two keys to a vacation in the National Park System, particularly during the months when you’re more active in the outdoors.
One of my most favorite places on the face of the Earth is Great Basin National Park. It’s one of those Get Out and Do parks, although it certainly has a bunch of stuff for you if you prefer Look and See.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis were to visit Alabama on Thursday to hear public comments on proposals for additions to the National Park System in Birmingham and Anniston.
Thankfully, there are just two weeks left to go in the 2016 general election. Which begs the question: Which nominee would be better for the National Park System and National Park Service?
Work is complete on what could be the largest cat-proof fence in the United States, designed to protect the federally endangered ‘ua‘u, or Hawaiian petrel, from the birds’ primary threat: feral cats.
Roaming the gift shop in Yellowstone National Park in search of a book to fill any idle hours I might encounter after the sun went down, I spied a paperback edition of Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods, and figured that now, almost two decades after it came out, was as good a time as any to add his Appalachian Trail odyssey to my library. I wasn't disappointed.
An unprecedented 40-year experiment in a 40,000-acre valley of Yosemite National Park strongly supports the idea that managing fire, rather than suppressing it, makes wilderness areas more resilient to fire, with the added benefit of increased water availability and resistance to drought.
Closing the Park Loop Road to private vehicles during peak season, a reservation system on Cadillac Mountain, and car quotas on Ocean Drive are among the ideas under consideration as Acadia National Park forms a transportation plan aimed at improving the visitor experience while preserving natural and cultural resources.