Puzzles, Mysteries, and Reviews

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.

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

  • 1. The accompanying photo shows a rock formation called “The Castle” as seen from a national park visitor center. Can you name the national park?

    2. True or false? Yellowstone’s Castle Geyser erupts only once every five years or so, making it one of the most elusive geothermal features for park visitors to see in action.

    3. True of false?

Monday, May 4th, 2009

  • A glacial erratic is a boulder that’s been transported by a glacier and deposited in a new location where its lithology doesn’t match the bedrock beneath it. Thousands of glacial erratics are scattered about the surface of glaciated national parks.

    Most glacial erratics are so small or isolated that they go unnoticed. Some, however, are very large and very accessible.

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