National Parks Traveler
- 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
- Week of: Jul 5 2016 | A Fiery Sunset At Fire Island National Seashore | Photographer: National Park Service
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.
If the mention of Judge Isaac Parker doesn’t ring a bell, perhaps you will remember Hang ‘em High, a popular Western from 1968 starring Clint Eastwood. The movie was loosely based on He Hanged Them High, a book by Homer Croy that was, in turn, loosely based on the life and times of Judge Parker. In the movie, Eastwood portrayed a U.S. marshal who brought wrongdoers in to face the judge.
A search was continuing Thursday for an experienced, 74-year-old backpacker who failed to return on schedule from a trek through Kings Canyon National Park in California.
With Hispanic Heritage Month now behind us and as the National Park Service Centennial year comes to a close, the time for action is now. From the earliest Spanish explorers to contemporary leaders in civics, the arts and industry, our heritage is an essential part of the American story. Yet, only a few sites in the National Park System currently preserve and interpret such history and culture. Fortunately, there has been some progress in recognizing and protecting these important sites.
An annual hunt aimed at managing the population of elk in the Jackson Hole valley gets under way in Grand Teton National Park on Saturday and will continue into early December.
A secondary screening facility is being proposed for use at Statue of Liberty National Monument, where officials say it is needed to screen visitors and provide lockers for personal items not allowed in the Statue, such as backpacks, large purses, diaper bags, strollers, etc.
An anonymous donor is raising the stakes at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway with a matching challenge. Each donation designated for the former estate near Blowing Rock, North Carolina, will be matched dollar for dollar if the $300,000 goal is reached.
UPDATED--OIG: Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area Superintendent Failed To Report Alleged Sexual Harassment
In the weeks following the rise of allegations of a long-running chapter of sexual harassment in Grand Canyon National Park, another park's superintendent failed to act on similar allegations, according to a federal investigation.