Puzzles, Mysteries, and Reviews

Monday, October 21st, 2013

  • There is no better time than now -- with the searing aspects of a shuttered National Park System still fresh -- to sit down with a copy of To Conserve Unimpaired, The Evolution Of The National Park Idea.

    There is an evolution under way in the park system, one that should spur debates from coast to coast about whether it's the desired evolution.

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

  • Though there's a pile of books on the edge of my desk waiting to be reviewed, Mike O'Connor's book jumped to the top of the heap when it arrived at my door.

    Outwardly, Why Do Bluebirds Hate Me? is not a book about national parks, but the wisdom the author offers can be carried into the parks.

    Plus, he's outrageously funny.

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

  • It was an audacious gambit, one that had never been attempted before, and which almost ended from the get-go.

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

  • The Blue Ridge Parkway, America's most-visited park unit, is a beautiful road to drive. Most visitors just enjoy the scenery from their cars and get out to photograph the panoramas at the overlooks.

    But the road is also a great base from which to hike.

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