Puzzles, Mysteries, and Reviews

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

  • There are hundreds, if not thousands, of cabins scattered across the National Park System. But some are more significant than others.

    Some helped shelter slaves on the Underground Railroad, some marked a homesteader's scrappy existence, some witnessed the births of great men and women. Do you know the story behind this cabin?

  • Mission 66, the program that rehabilitated and restored national parks in time for the National Park Service's 50th Anniversary back in 1966, often is cited today as an inspiration for the Centennial Challenge, but it is a program that sometimes is shrouded in mystery.

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

  • 1. True or false? The Korean War Veterans National Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial were both dedicated on Memorial Day.

    2. True or false? The current tally of 27 national memorials counted as National Park System units excludes three NPS units that have the word Memorial somewhere in their titles.

    3. True or false?

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

  • Nature can be very geometric at times. Just look closely at snowflakes or crystals of sand. Indeed, at times nature is a master craftsman, shaping and polishing and, well, being very geometrical. And often humans, who admire the beauty of nature, try to copy it.

    Does this photo reflect a slice of nature, or a knock-off of nature?

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

  • 1. True or false? The first successful climb of Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain in North America, was completed before anyone attained the summit of Mt. Rainier.

    2. True or false? The Climbing Management Plan for Yosemite National Park requires climbers to buy a climbing permit before attempting to climb El Capitan or Half Dome.

    3. True or false?

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