Puzzles, Mysteries, and Reviews

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?

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

  • Ahhh Shakespeare, how much has the Bard given to literature? One character, of course, is Puck, from A Midsummer Night's Dream. Interestingly, there's at least one place in the National Park System where you can find Puck these days.

    Of course, with nearly 400 units in the parks, this elfish character could actually be in several locations.

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

  • 1. True or false? Edward Abbey, author of The Monkey Wrench Gang and Desert Solitaire, worked as a park ranger in Zion National Park.

    2. True or false? Civil War General Lew Wallace, author of Ben Hur, led Union troops on the battlefield now preserved at Shiloh National Military Park.

    3. True or false?

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

  • Thank goodness there still are independents taking pen to paper to produce guides to national parks. Forget the cookie-cutter approach, toss aside worries about over-emphasizing one area, never mind about catering to one demographic.

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