Who are the National Park Travelers?

A list of the folks who have created profiles on the website. If you'd like to add yourself to this list, create an account, and after you've logged in, you can edit your biography.

  • Author, Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks. Winner, 2005 National Outdoor Book Award, Best Outdoor Adventure Guidebook. Day job: Father (soon to be) and Senior Editor/Producer, Travel at Los Angeles Times Interactive (http://travel.latimes.com). Feel free to email me at [email]laughtears at yahoo.com[/email].

  • I'm a published freelance writer who has a large and growing NPS life list (I'll show you mine if you show me yours). A Montana resident most of my life, I've also spent eight years in Virginia, as well as time in California, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Florida & Alaska. I have lived in the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon now for over 20 years.

    There's a special place in my heart for Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada. My first trip there was in utero and I've been a frequent Yosemite lover, history buff and defender ever since. Active in management planning, the Yosemite Association and Restore Hetch Hetchy (see my poem, "Dancing the Sacred Dry," on the RHH website), I feel advocacy must come from park lovers, because corporations and politicians aren't usually inclined to look after the best interests of the seventh generation (but it's great when they do! And I wish to encourage that behavior!)

    I believe the National Parks (like libraries) are one of our finest expressions of democracy and long-term thinking. The parks are banks of beauty and diversity and history that we hold not just for ourselves and our children, but for themselves... an expression that there is value to our cultural heritage that's worth fighting for and protecting.

    I have a Yahoo! Flickr site which includes some of my uploaded photos of the parks. You can see them (some make nice wallpaper) at www.flickr.com/photos/glennwilliamspdx

  • Retired park ranger: 27 years in the NPS plus 5 in a county system makes... ummm... 32 years wearing a flat hat. Okay, a ball cap lots of the time, too, and a trooper hat in the winter, and, well, you get the point.

    Spent most of that time doing either visitor protection or cultural resource management, but took an interest in all aspects of park management.

    Devoting my declining years to writing, working to preserve the historic resources of the Apostle Islands, and playing with dogs.

  • As you could find on my blog., Jim's Eclectic World, I have diverse passions ranging from philosophy to Yellowstone National Park to anti-authoritarian organizing and activism. What you might not get from the blog is a sense of my actual biography. I was born in Bowling Green, Ohio, on October 10, 1973, the day that Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned from office. Agnew was Greek, and I am half-Greek, and so you can imagine I had to compete with some other news the day I was born. I grew up all over Ohio as my dad bounced around with a career in retail store management and then dramatically into the ministry of the United Methodist Church. They were all from the Cleveland area, but as a kid I also had stints in the Columbus area, Morrow County, Youngstown, and finally in Cambridge where I grew up. I went to Ohio Northern University and received a degree in philosophy and history, moved to Seattle a couple of years, got married, moved back to Ohio to Toledo where I received a master's in philosophy, and then in 2000 moved to Washington, DC, where I lived for 7 1/2 years in eight different homes. In 2005, I pointed the organizing with the DC Anti-War Network on a counter-inaugural march against President Bush that drew 15,000 people (on a budget of less than $2,000 - a true grassroots effort organized in a de-centralized manner with dozens of other organizations). I've since been divorced, but fret not, I've been with a wonderful partner for the past 4 years. We had a beautiful boy born in October 2007. Where does Yellowstone fit in this? During my time in college, I worked for the now defunct Hamilton Stores in Yellowstone National Park. I worked there from 1993-6 and 1998 doing nothing more glamorous than wrapping bull horns. However, the obsession grew in the most amazing place I have ever known. In December 2007, we moved to Bozeman and love being close to Yellowstone again. I have now gotten involved heavily with the Yellowstone buffalo issue and helped found Buffalo Allies of Bozeman in April 2008.

    Too much information? Perhaps! Not enough of my soul. I'd encourage you to check out a lot of stuff on the aforementioned blog, as well as my Web site listed below. Another way to get a sense of the things I think about is to see the news compilation project on Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and the surrounding ecosystem that I update all the time called the Yellowstone Newspaper. Sometimes, you can get a sense of me just by reading about the place I live for.

  • Though my career has introduced me to Bill Clinton, taken me down into the command capsule of an MX missile silo, and landed me in an editorial role with the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Games, exploring and writing about the national parks has proven the most enjoyable to date.

    I've stood on the top of the Grand Teton, cross-country skied to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, paddled the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park, and enjoyed many other fascinating adventures in the park system.

    But just as valuable as those experiences have been, so, too, is exploring the management side of the National Park System: the workings of the National Park Service, congressional action, or inaction, affecting the parks, and on-the-ground decisions pertaining to natural, cultural, and historic resources, as well as public access and enjoyment.

    Before launching National Parks Traveler in August 2005, I spent 14 years stint with The Associated Press in positions ranging from a general assignment reporter to correspondent-in-charge for the state of Wyoming. Since embarking on a freelance career in the fall of 1993, my articles have appeared in Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler, Audubon, National Wildlife, Hemispheres, Wilderness, and other publications.

    My other other credits include an article on national parks of the world for Microsoft’s Encarta CD, as well as three guidebooks to the national parks. As a contributor to the Travel Arts Syndicate, my stories have appeared in the Miami Herald, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Denver Post, and other newspapers.

    While the Traveler started out only as a means to promote my public lands, environmental, and outdoors writing, it has evolved into a vehicle for both promoting the national parks and nurturing advocates for them. Add your voice to the dialogue through commenting on our stories.

  • Jeremy Sullivan is a passionate park advocate. His background includes three years working for the National Park Service as a seasonal interpreter. He currently provides multimedia, interactive, film, and computer consulting services for the parks. Jeremy's work has been recognized with awards from the National Association for Interpretation, and a recent film project won a Telly.

    Jeremy has written for more than a year on a complementary national parks blog, Park Remark. He also contributes parks articles to the Frommers.com electronic newsletter. Because of Jeremy's close working relationship with national parks, he has been able to provide an insight into park operations that readers appreciate.

    In addition to contributing articles to the redesigned NPT site, Jeremy will guide a new focus on multimedia production and provide the technical expertise needed for day-to-day website operations.

  • Jeremy Sullivan is a passionate park advocate. His background includes three years working for the National Park Service as a seasonal interpreter. He currently provides multimedia, interactive, film, and computer consulting services for the parks. Jeremy's work has been recognized with awards from the National Association for Interpretation, and a recent film project won a Telly.

    Jeremy has written for more than a year on a complementary national parks blog, Park Remark. He also contributes parks articles to the Frommers.com electronic newsletter. Because of Jeremy's close working relationship with national parks, he has been able to provide an insight into park operations that readers appreciate.

    In addition to contributing articles to the redesigned NPT site, Jeremy will guide a new focus on multimedia production and provide the technical expertise needed for day-to-day website operations.