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George Grant the First Chief Photographer of the National Park Service

George Grant the First Chief Photographer of the National Park Service

  After learning about National Parks Magazine, Craig and I got several issues from the library. The fall 2015 issue had an article about George Grant, the first chief photographer of the National Park Service. I had seen several of Grant’s photographs before, but now I know who took them. You may recognize this one of Superintendent Horace Albright taken in Yellowstone National Park. The article says that during Grant’s “quarter century as the national parks’ principal staff photographer, he crisscrossed…

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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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Death in Yellowstone (and Other National Parks)

Death in Yellowstone (and Other National Parks)

The past few weeks several very sad but avoidable accidents have happened at Yellowstone National Park. In May, a lady taking a picture of an Eagle stepped into the road and got hit by a car. On Tuesday, a pair of siblings from Oregon walked 225 yards off the boardwalks in Norris Geyser Basin and one slipped and fell into a hot spring. The water temperatures in Norris are the hottest in the park and range from 199 to 449…

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Adams National Historical Park-Quincy, MA

Adams National Historical Park-Quincy, MA

Here are some pictures of our recent day trip to Adams NHP. The historic homes were closed until April, but the grounds were open and so was the visitor center. We were able to get 4 new stamps for the National Park Passport! Adams NHP was home to four generations of the Adams family. John Adams was the 2nd president of the United States and his son John Quincy was the 6th president.         

History, Geography and the National Parks

History, Geography and the National Parks

I was watching The Revenant the other night and I really enjoyed it. Parts of it are very intense, but the cinematography is amazing and the scenery is beautiful. It is based on the true story of Hugh Glass an American frontiersman, trapper, and explorer. I have always loved history, especially the history of the US and the West. Visiting our National Parks has really renewed this interest. I feel like Craig and I have been walking through history when…

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Minute Man National Historic Park-MA

Minute Man National Historic Park-MA

Yesterday, Craig and I took a trip to Minute Man NHP. It was only about 45 minutes away from us. It is a great day trip from Boston if you are visiting, or stop there if you are on a road trip in the North East. It is close to the Saugus Iron Works NHS, Salem Maritime NHS, pond installation to commemorate the place where the American Revolution started. Where “the shot heard round the world” was fired. It is…

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Castillo De San Marco and Fort Matanzas National Monuments

Castillo De San Marco and Fort Matanzas National Monuments

Beautiful. Old. Saint Augustine was founded on September 8, 1565. The Castillo De San Marco was started in 1672. The fort was declared a National Monument in 1924 and the site is about 20.5 acres. The fort was built with limestone called coquina. Because it is so porous, canon balls stuck in the walls instead of shattering them! Saint Augustine is a great place to visit if you find yourself in Florida.  It is a nice day trip from Central…

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Salem Maritime NHS

Salem Maritime NHS

The Salem Maritime NHS was the first National Historic Site in the United States (1938.) Salem is well known for the Witch Trials, but it was one of the most important seaports in American history. Salem was settled by Europeans in 1626 at the mouth of the Naumkeag river. It was the site of an ancient Native American village. By 1790, Salem had become the sixth largest city in the country, and was a world-famous seaport. There used to be…

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Saugus Iron Works NHS

Saugus Iron Works NHS

One National Historic Site near Boston is the Saugus Iron Works NHS. It is the “birthplace of the iron and steel industry in Colonial America.” It produced iron products from 1646 to approximately 1670! Craig and I went for an iron pouring demonstration. We got to carve a design in a sand block and they poured melted iron into the molds and let it cool. Then you got a unique piece of art to take home.   There was plenty…

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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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