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  •  I've been to 12 of the 13---all but Grand Isle. (11+ / 0-)

    Some I've been to many times, though never enough for one lifetime.

    There are so many great parks in the U.S., and of those listed Denali is perhaps my favorite just because Alaska is so big. But thanks to Jimmy Carter and (mostly) Democrats in 1980 we ended up protecting a lot of other public land in Alaska---some of it in National Parks, some of it in other protected categories. Gates of the Arctic NP and Kenai Fjords and Katmai are among my favorites there.

    In the lower 48, the east side of Yosemite is a favorite, but for sheer wonder nothing rivals Canyonlands National Park. It's not fully protected, because some of its natural ecosystem is outside the boundaries of the park. President Obama has the chance to fix that by creating a Canyonlands National Monument on the contiguous land. Let's push him to do so.

    I've had the good fortune to have very good friends who've combined their love of the outdoors with their skills as educators and researchers to work first as  (barely paid) seasonal rangers, and then later as permanent rangers in different parks across the country. Some still work for the Park Service, and are dedicated---but very frustrated---public servants. We owe them a debt of gratitude, and an opportunity to get back doing the work they love.

    Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

    by willyr on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 02:39:23 PM PDT

    •  I've never been to Alaska. (13+ / 0-)

      The only state I've never been to, as it happens. Never been to Yellowstone, either. On the other hand, I'm fond of Great Basin NP, a rather less known NP.

      Generally, the National Park Service is liked by everyone; the most popular of all the federal agencies in many surveys. Back in the Bush years, the Interior Dept. identified something like $6 billion of maintenance backlog on the parks.

      Seems like it would make more sense to set up a jobs program to do that already identified, needed work. Would have been a much better option than shutting them down.

      Mark Twain: It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

      by Land of Enchantment on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 02:44:11 PM PDT

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