With the stroke of his pen President Obama turned Pinnacles National Monument into Pinnacles National Park earlier this month. With similar ease, photographer QT Luong turned his photo gallery for Pinnacles National Monument into one for Pinnacles National Park.
Pinnacles National Park
Pinnacles National Park took 125 years to become the nation’s newest designated parkland. But it took immensely longer for the mountains to arrive at the present location 40 miles southeast of Salinas, California.
A glance around the National Park System seems to show wine sales can benefit the parks, more and more user fees are being approved despite a five-year-old "moratorium" against them, and Point Reyes National Seashore has had a bumper crop of seals this year.
Officials at Pinnacles National Park in California are proposing to double the cost of entering the park, to $10, to help fund their shuttle bus system.
A Grand Canyon National Park ranger, one who you might see dangling from a helicopter to help an injured visitor, has been honored as the National Park Service's top ranger.
QT Luong, www.terragalleria.com/parks/np.pinnacles.html