Who are the National Park Travelers?

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  • As a young girl, I would gaze with longing at photo books of our National Parks and think, someday, someday… As an adult I realized my childhood dream, and have dedicated both my professional and personal endeavors to being a steward of our public lands. I have worked in environmental leadership roles for almost twenty years, and in two of the country’s largest national parks: Yosemite and Yellowstone. I currenty work in my dream job, California Director for the National Wildlife Federation. Before joining NWF in 2011, I worked on sustainability and climate change programs for Xanterra Parks & Resorts in Yellowstone as its Director of Environmental Affairs. Prior to my role in Yellowstone, for nine years I served as Vice President/CFO for the non-profit Yosemite Association.

    My articles have been published in Yellowstone Discovery, Yosemite, Yosemite Nature Notes, The Harbinger, online for the Sierra Club, and in Biocycle. I have also appeared on the National Geographic Travel channel, authored the official Junior Ranger Handbook for Yosemite, and my novel, The Idea of Forever, was released in 2002. Currently I author two websites www.bethpratt.com (focused on natural history and wilderness) and www.greeningyellowstone.org (dedicated to raising awareness about climate change and sustainability), and write a column for Examiner.com

    My love of public lands has led me to explore the wilderness throughout the United States, hike the John Muir Trail, and wander extensively through the backcountry of Yosemite and Yellowstone. For me, the conservationist Enos Mills perfectly describes why I cherish our National Parks: “Within National Parks is room -- glorious room -- room in which to find ourselves, in which to think and hope, to dream and plan, to rest and resolve”

    Originally a native of Massachusetts, I currently live outside of Yosemite with my dogs Tioga, Dante, and Aysun, two cats, and the many frogs who frequent my backyard frog pond.

  • Rick B. is a 60+ year old retired nurse, thoroughly enjoying the freedom of retirement. His wife is a museum curator for the NPS. They live in the Pacific Northwest; currently Alaska. He has enjoyed the parks since childhood, and is now particularly enjoying having more means and opportunity to visit or revisit parks of all sorts. He makes no apologies for pursuing NPS Passport stamps with childish delight.

  • Mary Delaney Krugman is President and Principal Historic Preservation Specialist of Mary Delaney Krugman Associates, Inc. (MDKA), which was founded in 1995 and is based in Montclair, NJ. She specializes in architectural history; historical research; assistance with regulatory compliance, NHPA Section 106 and DOTA 4f; design consultations for compliance with U.S. Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties; nominations to the National Register of Historic Places; Historic American Building Survey (HABS) and Historic American Engineering Record documentation; preservation planning. Bridge and dam rehabilitation a sub-specialty.

    During the summer of 2010, Ms. Krugman completed a 5-week study tour of the Western National Parks, tracing the much of the route of the Park-to-Park Highway Dedication Tour of 1920. The focus of her attention became the history and engineering of the roads through the terrain of the national parks. She is currently working on a research paper on this topic.

  • 2nd Generation NPS spending most of his youth within Zion National Park. Started his own career at Pt. Reyes National Seashore in 1972 as a law enforcement ranger and retiring as the Deputy Superintendent of the Southeast Utah Group in 2005. During his career he served as Superintendent of several parks, Re-engineering Coordinator for the National Park Service and as the Deputy Regional Director of the Mid-Atlantic Region in Philadelphia.

  • JJ

    I recall visiting Yellowstone National Park sixty years ago as a young child and I still have a small brass figure of an elk I purchased at the time. As we raised our children we planned nearly every vacation around visiting a national park or two. Today I’m retired and continue to visit our parks. I’ve now been to nearly all 392 parks and historic sites. My most recent was a week long trip in late June, 2010, to Brooks Camp in Katmai National Park.

  • I am a "25 and holding" blue collar worker from Tennessee. I am passionate about hiking and being outdoors! My favorite places to go are the Smokies and Cherokee National Forest. I am returning to hiking after being away from it for several years. I have a lot of catching up to do!!!

  • Photographer/Writer/Publisher from the Greater Yellowstone Region

    My photography blog is The Hole Picture" Landscape • Wildlife • Livestyle

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    I publish The Greater Yellowstone Resource Guide

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  • When I was growing up on the East Coast in the 1950s, I was fortunate enough to have parents who wanted to show their children that something existed other than the hills and shores of New England. When I was 12, my father, a Congregational minister, swapped pulpits for the summer with a colleague whose church was in Great Falls, Montana. For five weeks, we traveled around the northern Rockies, taking in one national park after another -- Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier, and Badlands to name a few, not to mention national monuments, national forests, and several Canadian national parks. In a subsequent trip west we visited Colorado and enjoyed Rocky Mountain and Mesa Verde national parks there.

    My memories of these trips are quite strong, and have led me to visit more than fifteen additional national parks all over the western U.S. since my wife and I moved to California in the late 1970s, putting my current total of National Park-designated NPS units visited (and revisited) at 27. In my retirement I've backpacked in Channel Islands, Grand Canyon, Mt. Rainier, Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, and Redwood national parks. Point Reyes is practically in my back yard, so I'm there frequently for day hikes and overnights. And I still have all the Southeast, Hawaiian, and Alaskan national parks to look forward to.

  • I live in the Black Hills of South Dakota and enjoy the great outdoors, especially our National Parks. Exploring, hiking, horseback riding, fly fishing and camping are a few of my favorite things to while being outside. Yellowstone National Park is my favorite National Park!

  • I love visiting all of the beautiful places in this country. No two places are a like. It's great to camping and hiking with my family and friends.
    One of my favorite National Parks is
    Arches National Park. I'm grateful for the National Park system and hope more get to visit them and see all of the beauty this country has to offer.

  • Banker by day, biology student by night. Was recycling before it was cool. Participated in Audubon bird counts. Hike sections of the Appalachian Trail. Explore NWFs on weekends. Camp in the Smokies and Shenandoah whenever possible. Have volunteered in parks since 1985. Pulled trash out of streams, oil off of ducks, and people out of harm's way in the woods. Currently pulling noxious weeds and other invasives on Saturdays at my local NP.

  • First visiting our National Parks in 1993, Pat always desires to go back and enjoy nature in different ways! First, as a driving trip, then slowly branching out to hiking into the back country, he appreciates having the opportunity to enjoy parks and find new and exciting places within them to explore!

    His other interests include flying single-engine aircraft, operating ham radio, collecting antique arms and target shooting.

  • Executive Director of the educational nonprofit Mesa Verde Museum Association (MVMA) since the fall of 2008. A lover of public lands and especially national parks, I moved to the Four Corners after an 8-year stint as the Membership and Development Director for the Yosemite Association--relocating from one spectacularly beautiful place to another!

    MVMA operates bookstores in Mesa Verde National Park's Far View Visitor Center and Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, as well as a store in the Colorado Welcome Center in downtown Cortez, Colorado. We publish a variety of books and trail guides, and we stock a comprehensive array of educational books, maps, posters, games, and toys that help visitors of all ages better understand and connect with the park's remarkable cultural and natural resources. We operate the Mesa Verde Institute, offering free lectures and reasonably-priced hikes and workshops in partnership with the National Park Service. For those seeking an enduring connection to Mesa Verde, we offer a membership program as well.

    Learn more about MVMA at www.mesaverde.org or by calling 800-305-6053.

  • I'm a student at Southern Illinois University enrolled in the Outdoor Recreation & Park Mgt curriculum. I worked with an agency last summer in the Interpretation dept, and I just got hired on by USFWS at a local NWR. I love trees and wildlife of all kinds. Snakes are a personal favorite... could talk (educate) all day about them :) I'm interested in hiking, interpretation, environmental education, basically anything to expand my knowledge and help to educate others willing to listen.

  • i love traveling and visiting National Park, Monuments, Historical Sites and Natural Areas. i volunteer with a state natural wilderness agency in Arizona and actively support natural resource protection. i also like to take photos and video and am a graphic designer and often use my photos in my work: http://NationalParkTShirts.org

  • Dumfries (south-west Scotland) Academy Primary, followed by Dumfries Academy secondary ("High School" across the Pond), 1947-1960, Edinburgh University 1960-1964, followed by teacher training then 1965-1966 in France as foreign language "assistant". Taught modern languages (French and German) at Lockerbie Academy, 1966-1970; 1970-1973, Head of Modern Languages department, Maxwelton High School, Dumfries. 1973-2002, translator, and latterly Reviser/Senior Translator for EEC (now EU) in Brussels. One son, 3 daughters, born to wife (since 1969), in 1970, 1974, 1976 and 1990 respectively. Son (also Edinburgh graduate - 1992) and wife currently in Westchester County, NY, working for Siemens, eldest daughter (Edinburgh University again!), lawyer, married to fellow lawyer from Edinburgh, living with their 2 children (2005 and 2007 respectively) in Edinburgh, second daughter (graduate of ISTI translator university in Brussels) married to Italian (an astronomer) from her year at school, now in Brussels, Belgium, after 2 years in Albuquerque, NM (what a lovely State and people!), with daughter born in USA in 2007. Youngest daughter just finished 2nd year of a 4-year Life Sciences degree at University of Dundee, Scotland.

    After 29 years in Belgium, Helen and I moved to Norfolk, East Anglia (England), to live with the "auld enemy" (the English!) for 6 years, then home to Scottish Borders (rugby-playing country) in 2008. Along the way, picked up (for work) Portuguese and some Italian and Spanish, together with Dutch, so can muddle along in most places.

    First brought kids to USA in 1980, then 1981 and have been a total convert ever since, especially to the NPs. Not a great one for the large cities, although I was sent on mission to NY City in 1993 for 6 weeks and loved it. Seattle and San Francisco very pretty, too, but could have lived without ever seeing LA! Would happily spend the rest of my days living somewhere near Yellowstone or Moab, UT, for the fantastic beauty of your country (on a grander scale not unlike the sort of terrain you'd see in Scotland).

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  • I want to travel to every National Park and go to as many National landmarks as I can! So far I have only made it to the parks in Washington, Maine, and Florida and I have been to most National landmarks in Massachusetts (my home state). I really want to make it to Montana next to Glacier NP and Colorado to see the Rocky Mountains. I've had the great pleasure of working for the Appalachian Mountain Club in Acadia National Park in Maine for 9 years now, it's truly the second greatest love of my life (second of course to my husband!) I have a passion for Acadia and I know it inside and out, every little hidden gem when you can get away from the Bar Harbor tourists!

  • Blanca Mesa is a Miami-based writer. She blogs about Virginia Key, a 1000-acre island off the coast of Miami, Florida at www.viewfromvirginiakey.com

  • I am a passionate Rocky Mountain National Park enthusiast. I've been addicted to RMNP since first hiking there in 1996. Since 2004 I've created and run a forums community focused on RMNP and its surrounding communities. I also produce my own podcast about the park as well. I'm thankful for the opportunities that the podcast and forums have given me to meet other RMNP enthusiasts as well as to attend press events (such as the Udall-McCain field hearing in Estes Park last fall) on behalf of the forums and podcast. I look forward to learn more about our national parks here on the Traveler and to meet others passionate about our parks.

    My Podcast Link

  • Although I grew up in New York City, I've long had a passion for the great outdoors. I spent many of my weekends growing up in either Massachusetts' Berkshires or in New York's Adirondacks. Shortly after graduating from college, I worked for the National Parks Conservation Association and helped raised funds for both NPCA's national and regional programs. Working for NPCA exposed me to the wide ranging cultural, historic and natural resources that our national parks offer, and I truly believe America's national parks are a national treasure and they should be cared for and funded appropriately.

    I currently reside in our nation's capital, Washington DC, where I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by the National Mall and various other national park units, including Shenandoah National Park, Assateague National Seashore, C&O Canal National Historic Park, Great Falls, Catoctin Mountain Park, and various other national parks that are windows to our past, homes to some of our rarest plants and animal species, and places where every American can go to find inspiration, peace, and open space.

    Professionally speaking, I work within the advertising and marketing profession as an Interactive Strategist, where as an expert in interactive marketing media and emerging technologies - I work to ensure that our clients' marketing programs are extended appropriately to digital media.

    Additionally, I write for the up and coming DC blog, WeLoveDC.com and occasionally contribute to other blogs on both a personal and professional level.

  • I’m Kelly. Just Kelly. No romantic nicks and sophisticated pennames to attract attention. I'm the research papers writer and employee of an term paper service and the soul of the party. So, welcome to my blog, eh?

  • We left New York City in April 2008 and decided to make a life of travel. We bought a small travel trailer and a truck to tow our new home-on-wheels! We have been living and working on the road ever since and loving it! As of writing this in March 2010, we have stayed in and explored 24 of our national parks. We keep rolling along and are grateful for having taken this risk to let go and live more simply. We are working on a book about our experience thus far and will be blogging our stories as we go as well.

  • So...there I was at age 56 with a chance to take early retirement from my position as General Counsel for a multi-national machine tool company. Now...what to do with all that free time. I spent a few months just relaxing...not doing much of anything. And then, sometime in the spring of 2008, I was discussing a planned trip to Maine for a week with a friend. "You know", my friend said, "you could go on vacation for a lot longer than a week, and you could go a lot farther than Maine. To which I replied, "If I wanted to, I could drive all the way to Alaska". And, at that moment, my mind was already made up...I was going to Alaska. It would prove to be, as they say, a "life-changing experience".
    I spent the next few months doing extensive research and setting about purchasing all of my camping "essentials"...tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, stove, back pack, hiking shoes, copy of The Milepost, etc. Mind you, my friends would have told you back then that my idea of "roughing it" was staying at a Hilton where I had to go up a floor to get ice. I proved them wrong.
    And, on the fourth Tuesday in July of 2008, I left Michigan for Alaska. I traveled through Illinois, up into Wisconsin, through Minnesota, then north through North Dakota to Canada. By the way, I did make one "unscheduled stop" in Minot, North Dakota for an emergency appendectomy (definitely not in my travel plans). But, thanks to modern laparoscopic surgery, I was back on the road the next day...Moosejaw, Calgary (a few days of R&R there), Edmonton...and then, Dawson Creek, the first stop on the Alaskan Highway. From there, on to the usual stops...Fort Nelson, Muncho Lake, Watson Lake and Whitehorse. A little over two weeks after leaving Michigan, I crossed the border from the Yukon into Alaska. And there, I camped for the first time at a National Park...Denali.
    After two weeks in Alaska, I spent a another two weeks traveling around the Yukon and working my way south through British Columbia. Then, more National Parks...Olympic, Mt. Rainier, Crater Lake, Yellowstone. Now I was hooked.
    Last summer, I went back out west and spent about ten days each camping in Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Teton...all magnificent Parks. The National Park system in our great country is truly a national treasure.
    This summer, I'm going back to Alaska with two of my closest friends...this time in a motor home. And, in the future, it is my dream to visit and camp in as many of our National Parks as possible...there's so much more to see.

  • I love the USA parks, they are the most preserved park that I see in the world.

  • I'm only a wayward 20-something, but I have visited 103 national park units and never plan to stop. An avid traveler and an amateur photographer, I get itchy if I haven't used my passport in more than 6 months (it's been almost two years!). My base camp is currently in Lander, WY, where I work for a conservation non-profit and moonlight as a librarian. I plan to be a professional intern for at least the next 20 years. Less stress. I also love trying to convince people that cultural resources are an integral part of natural resources management, though often it's a losing battle.

  • So much to see...