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Treasured Lands

Treasured Lands

We just got this beautiful book from the library and have been looking through it. If you love our national parks you should try to find it!  The title is Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America’s National Parks. It is hardcover and quite heavy. There are 456 pages of amazing photos. QT Luong worked on Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan’s documentary The National Parks America’s Best Idea.  I love this part of the description: “In an odyssey that spanned…

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Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park

The Dry Tortugas are seven islands located nearly 70 miles west of Key West. You can take the official concesionare ferry (the Yankee Freedom), a seaplane or your own boat to get there. Most visitors plan a day trip by ferry. The ferry costs about $175 per person, but check during the year for coupons. They sometimes give $25-$50 off. You should know, the Yankee Freedom ferry is very fast and several people were seasick on our trip. We took…

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National Park Week – April 16th-24th

National Park Week – April 16th-24th

Don’t forget April 16th-24th is National Park Week and you can visit any National Park for free. The other free days this year are: August 25 through 28: National Park Service Birthday September 24: National Public Lands Day November 11: Veterans Day  

National Park and Nature Quotes

National Park and Nature Quotes

“National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.” -Wallace Stegner “If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them something more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.” -Lyndon B. Johnson “Wilderness itself is the basis of…

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Uncle Tom’s Trail-Yellowstone National Park

Uncle Tom’s Trail-Yellowstone National Park

If you love waterfalls, do not miss Uncle Tom’s Trail in Yellowstone National Park. You descend 328 steps on a steel staircase 3/4 of the way into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. When you get to the bottom you have an amazing view of Lower Yellowstone Falls.  Just remember you have to go back up! Since you are already at 8,000 feet elevation, you may want to take it slow. There are some benches along the way. The sign…

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The National Parks: America’s Best Idea

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea

Have you seen the great PBS show The National Parks: America’s Best Idea? It was a 6 episode series produced by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan that came out several years ago. You can rent the DVDs from your library or watch it on Netflix. Craig and I spent some time watching the episodes and it made us want to see our National Parks even more! I  especially loved the story of Margaret and Edward Gehrke from Lincoln, Nebraska. For…

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