Monthly Archives: November 2011

10 Great Things To Do At Harry S Truman National Historic Site

This post is courtesy of Harry S Truman Historic Site. You can also find them on Facebook and on twitter @HarrySTrumanNPS Harry S Truman summed it up best when he was asked at a press conference whether he planned to return to Independence after he left the White House. He responded bluntly, “Certainly! That’s my home.” Today, visitors to Harry S Truman National Historic Site experience the home and surroundings the 33rd President knew when he was a young man … Continue reading

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Ute Rock Art Arches National Park

As people hurry to make their way to the ever popular Delicate Arch at Arches National Park, they often skip a short quarter mile loop on the left near the beginning of the Delicate Arch trail that takes hikers to some beautiful Ute rock art: This is what the information sign at the rock art says: The stylized horse and rider surrounded by bighorn sheep and dog-like animals is typical of Ute rock art, Carved sometime between A.D. 1650 and … Continue reading

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Top 10 National Parks For Kids

I always have to take top 10 national park lists with a grain of salt, especially when they are as subjective as the top 10 national parks for kids. The truth of the matter is that almost all national parks within the national park system are an excellent place to take kids and provide them with numerous activities and learning experiences. This makes picking the top ten national parks for kids a pretty arbitrary exercise that will leave out many … Continue reading

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2011 National Parks Holiday Celebrations

‘Tis the season! From Alaska to Georgia, there are countless holiday activities to enjoy in America’s national parks. Today, the National Park Foundation, the official charity of American’s national parks, revealed some of the not-to-be-missed holiday festivities to check out this season. Each year, the National Park Foundation and National Park Service kick-off the holiday season in Washington, D.C.’s President’s Park with the National Christmas Tree Lighting. This year, the National Christmas Tree Lighting can be seen LIVE December 1 … Continue reading

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Better Food For National Parks Initiative

OK, I think this is a fabulous idea — having the National Parks across the US provide the local, seasonable food for the area the park is located as (at the very least) an option for those visiting the parks. I’m not the only one that thinks that way. The Institute at the Golden Gate’s Food for the Parks initiative has the goal of expanding the availability of local, nutritious, and sustainable fresh food to all National Park visitors. This … Continue reading

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Fallen Giant Redwood Dynamited At Redwood National Park

What happens when a giant California coastal redwood tree falls in a wind and rain storm? This was the question that the rangers at Redwood National Park had to solve recently when an eight foot diameter redwood fell across the popular Newton P. Drury Scenic Parkway in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. The decision? Forget chainsaws and bulldozers — get out the dynamite. That’s exactly what they did, and they hope to have the road opened by the end of … Continue reading

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Behunin Cabin Capitol Reef National Park

When you enter Capitol Reef National Park from the east on highway 24, one of the first landmarks you come across is Behunin Cabin. Although the structure may not look all that impressive in its grandeur, I found it extremely impressive for where it was and how well it was built. The information sign by the cabin give a peek into how life was in the area when the Capitol Reef area was first settled: In 1882 Elija Cutler Behunin … Continue reading

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Petrified Dunes Arches National Park

When you travel to see Arches National Park, you make the logical assumption that you are going to see a lot of arches. While that is certainly true, there are also a lot of other geological wonders to surprise you at this park. As you head away from Park Avenue toward Balanced Rock, there is a small turnout that most cars drive right on by. It’s worth a stop because you get to see the remnants of ancient sand dunes … Continue reading

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Petrified Forest National Park Art

One of the things that I love most about National Parks is the way they inspire all of us. It’s especially interesting to see how the National Parks stimulate artists creative juices and the artistic works that come from this. Mary C Nasser is one of the many artists that find creativity and inspirations in National Parks: All of my art is inspired by nature: specifically, landscapes and geology. My love of geology began with my first artist-in-residence award at … Continue reading

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