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National Park Road Trip 2011: Lodging at Buffalo National River

Having left their favorite campground at Devils Tower National Monument and the beautiful scenery at Badlands National Park, David and Kay Scott have reached Buffalo National River in Arkansas to work on updating their book, The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges.

Inspector General's Report On Hubbell Trading Post Fiasco Cites National Park Service Errors

In its long-hidden report on the National Park Service's mistake-prone investigation of the business side of Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site the Interior Department's investigative arm cites significant missteps by Park Service investigators and raises questions of the propriety of both the Park Service and Inspector General's probes.
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Moores Creek National Battlefield: a Revolutionary War Battle Cry Through The South

Moores Creek
Moores Creek National Battlefield has been called the southern equivalent of Lexington in the history of the American Revolution. In the quiet sandhills of North Carolina, this three-minute battle rallied the Patriots in the South. The site also explains why North Carolinians are called Tarheels.

Birding in the National Parks: Lowepro's Optic Series For Wildlife Viewing

Birders and wildlife watchers are starting to get used to the fact that gear manufacturers recognize us and want to make equipment specifically for us. So it wasn’t a surprise, but definitely great news, when Lowepro came out with their Optics Series for wildlife viewing.

National Park Service Director Jarvis Addresses The Value and Importance Of Maintaining Civil War Sites

The battle of Manassas dispelled the myth that the war would be a quick affair. The Confederate secretary of war, LeRoy Pope Walker, suggested prior to the battle that when all was said and done, he would be able to wipe up the blood that would be spilled with his pocket handkerchief.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Lodging in Badlands National Park

Somewhat despondent over having to leave the cool air of the Rockies behind them, David and Kay Scott have headed into the oven-like temperatures of Badlands National Park to check out the park's lodging options. Along the way they visited Devils Tower National Monument.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Videos On Glacier National Park's Interior Lodges

Just a short note to all you lodging junkies and David and Kay Scott fans out there to let you know we've finally inserted the videos to their post on Swiftcurrent and Rising Sun motor inns and the Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier National Park.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Yellowstone National Park Lodges, Part III

Before leaving the Rocky Mountain West, David and Kay Scott made one last swing through Yellowstone National Park to inspect the lodging possibilities at Lake and Grant Village for an update to their book, The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges.

National Park Road Trip 2011: The Lodges of Old Faithful In Yellowstone National Park

David and Kay Scott have returned to Yellowstone National Park for a stay at Old Faithful, where they sampled the options available to update their book, The Complete Guide To The National Park Lodges

Visions Of Civil War Flying Machines Drive Story at Petersburg National Battlefield

If nothing else, Roderick Davidson stirred the hopes of at least some of the Confederate troops defending Richmond in late 1864 and early 1865 with his "Artis Avis," a flying machine he believed could save the South.

When George Hartzog Jr. Asked What The National Park Service Might Face In The 21st Century, Here's What He Was Told

What did the National Park Service expect to face when it reached the 21st Century? Former Director Bill Hartzog, Jr., asked that question a decade ago, and the answers he received just might astound you.

National Park Road Trip 2011: The Lodges of Grand Teton National Park, Part II

In part two of their look at lodging options in Grand Teton National Park, David and Kay Scott checked out Jackson Lake Lodge and Jenny Lake Lodge.

Traveler's View: Yellowstone National Park's Winter-Use Plan Needs Some Tweaking

Yellowstone National Park's latest attempt to devise a reasonable, and manageable, winter-use plan needs some substantial tweaks.

National Park Road Trip 2011: The Lodges of Grand Teton National Park, Part I

After a short stay in Yellowstone National Park, David and Kay Scott headed to Grand Teton National Park to check out some of the lodging options there as they continue to work on an update to their book The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges.

Dr. Beach's List of Top-Rated Great Lakes Beaches Includes Two National Lakeshores

Dr. Stephen Leatherman, aka "Dr. Beach," has opined what many of us already knew; the Great Lakes beaches of the U.S. and Canada are hidden gems, and the ones at Sleeping Bear Dunes and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshores are crown jewels.

Birding in the National Parks: Counting Warblers At Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

You want to see warblers in July? Head to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and don't stop counting until you reach 23!

Traveler's Checklist: Cape Lookout National Seashore

Pssst. Love Cape Hatteras National Seashore, but not the crowds and resort atmosphere? Plan a visit to neighboring Cape Lookout National Seashore, where the wild side still reigns.

National Park Road Trip 2011: The Lodges Of Yellowstone National Park, Part 1

As the summer wears on, David and Kay Scott find themselves in Yellowstone National Park to tour the park's lodging options for an update to their book, The Complete Guide To the National Park Lodges.

Musings From Cape Lookout National Seashore

Younger, and rougher, than its older neighbor, Cape Lookout National Seashore offers the quintessential seashore experience, one set amid waving sea oats, crashing surf, and the cries of shorebirds.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Prince of Wales Hotel and Glacier Park Lodge

Exploring the many lodging options in and around Glacier National Park can require an excursion into Canada for a night at the Prince of Wales Hotel, which looks south across its namesake lake into Glacier. David and Kay Scott explored that hotel, and the Glacier Park Lodge, before wrapping up their stay in Glacier.

Will Obama Administration, Wyoming Governor, Find Common Ground on Dealing With Wolves?

The outcome of wolf meetings today between Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead will tell a lot about the environmental integrity of the Obama administration and the political moxie of the governor.

Artist Setting Out To "Paint the National Parks"

Following in the footsteps, and brushstrokes, of Frederick Church, Albert Bierstadt, and Thomas Moran, a New York-based painter plans to spend the next few months exploring the National Park System and "painting the national parks."

Updated: Grizzly Kills Hiker In Yellowstone National Park

A man hiking with his wife near the Canyon area in Yellowstone National Park was mauled to death Wednesday by a sow grizzly, becoming the first person killed by a grizzly in the park since 1986, park officials said Wednesday.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Glacier National Park's Interior Lodges

David and Kay Scott, having enjoyed the lodges on the west side of Glacier National Park, now fill you in on the latest with the lodges on the eastern side, including Many Glacier Hotel, as they continue working on an update to their book, The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges.

Grizzly Photographed In North Cascades National Park

North Cascades grizzly, copyright Joe Sebille
A backcountry hiker in North Cascades National Park has been credited with photographing a grizzly in the park, the first confirmed sighting of the species there since 1996.

Quotations Tied To National Parks Worth Mulling

With nearly 100 years of history, the National Park Service and its wonderful system have attracted a lot of quotable quotes, some inspiring, some concerning. Here is a baker's dozen of statements -- some thought-provoking, others merely interesting -- that have been tied to the system down through the years

National Park Road Trip 2011: The Lodges of Western Glacier National Park

Having turned their car back towards the rising sun, David and Kay Scott have been spending time in Glacier National Park while working on an update to their book, The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges.

NPCA Report: America's National Parks Have Troubling Problems With Natural, Cultural, Historic Resources

A report out today from the National Parks Conservation Association paints a distressing picture of the health of the National Park System just five years out from the centennial of the National Park Service.

Savor The Gifts That Are Grizzly Bear 399 & Clan in Grand Teton National Park

What’s the value of a grizzly bear? For far more people than not, few things in this age of avatars surpass the thrill of seeing a grizzly bear family in its native element. The story of Jackson Hole grizzly No. 399, who emerged from the den this year with her second troop of triplet cubs in half a decade, speaks to another kind of worth. It says something about us.

National Park Road Trip 2011: The Lodges of North Cascades National Park

With Olympic National Park in their rearview mirror, David and Kay Scott have moved on to North Cascades National Park to check out the lodging possibilities there for their book, The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges.