Happy birthday to the NPS!

IMG_5438Just a short – but very sweet – post tonight. Today marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

I’ve been to parks with awesome sea views (Acadia National Park, and the Assateague and Cape Cod National Seashores), not to mention under-the-sea views (the underwater trail in Virgin Islands National Park). There’s the park not too far from me that makes learning about the Revolutionary War more fun (Morristown National Historic Park).

And then there’s the one with the giant hole in the ground – you might have heard of it? The Grand Canyon National Park?

As part of the centennial activities, the NPS have launched Find Your Park, a campaign to get people out to enjoy their local national parks. On the NPS website, there’s a function where you can punch in where you live, and the site bring up national parks in your area.

I’ve visited a fair number of parks on the list, but there’s a lot more that I want to visit – so I need to get trip planning. Shenandoah, perhaps, or Yosemite? Or Denali – for like many others, I am smitten by the adorable pups in the Canine Rangers.

Happy birthday, NPS, and here’s to another 100 years or more.

For further reading:

NPS Centennial: Find Your Park, centennial activities, and much more.

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The Pennsylvania Park Hop

Well, trail heads, I’ve just returned from a week-long jaunt out to north-central Pennsylvania – Potter and Tioga counties, to be more or less exact – with the family.

Tonight’s blog posting is going to be short, since I’ve got stuff to take care of, so I’m going to give you a preview of some future postings.

Our trip, I think, is best described as a park hop – we’d spend a few hours, or a day, visiting a different state park. And they’ve got some fine ones out there – Mom’s still singing the praises of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

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Happy birthday, NPS!

Special day today. The National Park Service celebrated a birthday today (its 98th, to be precise). And as a present, it was offering free admission to any of the parks around the country.

Trust me, I’d love to have taken them up on that offer. Only problem was, I had to work today. (Need the paycheck so I can keep myself in hiking boots and trail mix.)

Check out the announcement here – and it includes listings of local events by state, some more info about how the NPS is gearing up for its centennial in 2016, and an online birthday card.

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