National Park Week officially kicks off tomorrow, April 18, and if you're wondering how to celebrate, the National Park Service and National Park Foundation have some ideas.
Cape Cod National Seashore
As most folks know, the Northeast has endured a pretty tough winter, and it is taking a while to put things back together. At Cape Cod National Seashore on Massachusetts, for instance, several problems exist that could impact your National Park Week plans if they involve a trip to the seashore.
Well, time again to order a new set of beach access stairs for Nauset Light Beach at Cape Cod National Seashore. The staircase, which was replaced in 2013 after a winter storm, was taken out by the "Blizzard of '15," according to Seashore Superintendent George Price.
As more and more units of the National Park System roll out proposals to increase their entrance fees to bring them in line with a standardized schedule developed by National Park Service leaders, public opposition is being voiced, with some newspapers and towns opposing the increases and individuals maintaining they're untenable and unfair.
Winter wonderlands come in many shapes, forms, and temperatures in the National Park System. They can be pine forests shrouded in snow, or turquoise waters swimming with green parrotfish, blue tangs, and silvery barracudas. You can climb ice walls at Acadia National Park, kick-and-glide or skate to an overlook of Half Dome and the Yosemite Valley, or find your way to the 13,159-foot summit of Wheeler Peak atop Great Basin National Park.
I’m presuming no one needs me to tell them that Florida is a good travel and birding destination in the winter. Looking out my window at the first sticking snow of the winter is making me think about the Everglades. Winter is the dry season there, and the dwindling seasonal wetlands concentrate birds and wildlife for easier viewing.
Proposed entrance fees floated by Cape Cod National Seashore officials, if approved, would boost the cost of driving into the seashore in your car by one-third. The rise would be even steeper if you came in on foot or bike or on a motorcycle.
An interesting shell was found on one of Cape Cod National Seashore's beaches the other day, but it was not your typical seashell. Rather, it was a 14-inch, World War II military shell.