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Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

  • November 12, 1958, was an auspicious day for the climbing world and Yosemite National Park. Using siege tactics considered primitive by modern standards, a team led by Warren J. “Batso” Harding finally conquered “unclimbable” El Capitan.

  • Two years after torrential rains unleashed flooding across Mount Rainier National Park heavy rains have returned and forced the park's closure.

    Mount Rainier Superintendent Dave Uberuaga closed the park this morning after flooding from Kautz Creek inundated portions of the Nisqually Road. In some places the water was 6 inches deep.

  • Today’s 12th anniversary celebration is extra special at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, America’s only privately-owned national park.

  • Huge hills and mountains of casks on casks were piled upon her wharves, and side by side the world-wandering whale ships lay silent and safely moored at last. -- Herman Melville, Moby-Dick.

    Such was the view Herman Melville witnessed from his time in New Bedford, Massachusetts. And while that sea-salt-soaked view doesn't remain today, it can live on in our imaginations.

  • "This is the most beautiful place on Earth."
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