It was an audacious gambit, one that had never been attempted before, and which almost ended from the get-go.
The dismantling of dams along the Elwha River in, and just outside, Olympic National Park has been described as the largest dam removal project in U.S. history.
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.
Young children can get a little stir crazy riding in cars or planes for long distances en route to a national park vacation. That's where books -- yes, books! -- come in.
How many times have you found yourself in a national park gazing at an animal track, a tree, or perhaps just an insect, and wondered what exactly you were looking at?
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