I've been covering environmental issues, including national parks, for The New York Times since 2003. But I've been hiking and camping in the parks for a lifetime, beginning with -- and always returning to -- Acadia, but also including Shenandoah, the Smokies and Yellowstone, Zion, Arches and Bryce Canyon, and more. A ten-day camping trip in Sequoia's southern Sierra awoke a sense of wonder and magic even in this slow, middle-aged slogger with a distaste for stream crossings. The work Kurt and others have done to make this site dynamic, interesting and analytical -- looking at the parks' landscapes and their management -- have been extremely helpful to my coverage, and my appreciation of other park-goers.
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