It’s National Park Week. One of my blogging friends reminded me. Somehow I lost track of time and became so wrapped up in the minutia of life that the week had arrived before I realized it was happening. Shame on me.
The United States and many other nations around the world have done a magnificent job of setting aside national parks. We owe it to ourselves to go out and explore these treasures. And, we owe it to our great, great, great, great-grandchildren to protect these sites of rare natural beauty for future generations.
It won’t be easy. There will always be people who believe financial gain outweighs any other consideration. Why save thousand-year-old redwood trees when they can be turned into highly profitable redwood decks?
Several years ago, Peggy and I set a goal to visit all of America’s National Parks. With the exception of Kobuk Valley and Lake Clark in Alaska, we’ve succeeded. It has been an incredible journey. Our travels have taken us from Denali National Park in Alaska to the Dry Tortugas National Park off the Florida Keys.
In addition to driving through and hiking in these parks, I have also backpacked in 13, biked through five, and kayaked or rafted in three. Once I even organized a winter ski trek into Denali National Park where we slept out in minus 30-degree weather and listened to wolves howl. That was a learning experience…
Since I couldn’t escape to a national park this week, I did the next best thing; I went through photos of parks Peggy and I have taken. All I could think of was wow– what incredible beauty!
Spectacular scenery is only part of the national park story. Wildlife, birds, insects, reptiles, flowers and history add to the experience.
NEXT BLOG: I hope you have enjoyed my two diversions over the past week because of Earth Day and National Park Week. On Monday I will return to Europe and Rome’s historic Colosseum.
16 thoughts on “It’s National Park Week 2013… April 20-28”
I like this very much…going to dare to paint those beautiful colors of Grand Canyon today ….great idea and inspiration 🙂
Thanks Biljana. I look forward to seeing the painting!
I am always intrigued by which photos you select to feature to capture the theme of the blog. I am entranced by dramatic colors and shapes. I can understand why artists and photographers are motivated and challenged by the richness of all found in the national parks. Yes, we are fortunate that many had the vision to protect the gift of nature.
Choosing photos often takes longer than writing the blog. (grin)
Curt, you’re one of the few people I know who can make a buzzard downright photogenic. Breathtaking photos – thanks for sharing them.
Thanks… I swear, that buzzard wanted his photo taken. I’ve never had a bird that poset the way he did.
I have kicked my behind a million times over..when I left the Army, hubby(then, now an ex) drove across country taking a month to travel. he wanted to see the Grand Canyon but with 3 small children I just knew one would fall over the side.. Mother’s Panic.. needless to say never saw it and boy do I wish I had of..
Hard lesson to learn..
Beautiful pictures Curt!
Thanks Lynne. And the canyon is still there. (grin) Probably will be for at least another hundred million years.
Yeah but by the time get there my legs will be too old..I’ll need one of them donkeys to tote me around 😉
In my youth, I rode down on a mule. Couldn’t walk for a day! (grin)
What a BEAUTIFUL post…. Such gorgeous shots, wow. Really shows the utter beauty and variety of our landscapes and land. Doesn’t it behoove us to protect it all the more…?
Love that Olympic shot, though. Just perfect.
And to think, those photos represent such a small part of what is out there… Thanks.
So many beautiful places, and great pictures, makes me want to hit the road.
Yeah, I am getting the road trip itch, myself. The photos did it to me as well.
Love ’em. You and Peggy are my kind of folks. Would love to trek with you. The buzzards I can take or leave, and I believe your lovely flowers may be the deadly digitalis???? or foxglove??? Fill me in, I’d love to know.
Foxglove for sure, Alice. Let’s go trekking. Included you in my next blog, BTW. (grin)