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  •  That would be wonderful. I have visited only a (3+ / 0-)
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    SJerseyIndy, la urracca, teloPariah

    handful of our national parks (all east coast) and, following our First Family's lead, have in the recesses of my mind the early shaping of ideas to visit as many as possible in my remaining decades!

    I am going to subscribe to you so I can watch for this new series!

    "Don't Bet Against Us" - President Barack Obama

    by MRA NY on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 10:46:09 AM PDT

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    •  Thanks for the extra motivation. (3+ / 0-)
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      I actually got the PFNP diary all done, but I never got myself around to uploading all of my pics from the trip there. So, it just went stagnant.

      Seeing as to how that one is all written up, I suppose I'll just launch with that one.

      But, do you have any preference for NPs or NWRs that you'd like a "virtual road trip" of?

      It would perhaps steer me in some direction if I had an inkling of places others were interested in.

      The list, when I kicked this idea around, included:

      Petrified Forest NP
      Grand Canyon NP
      Acadia NP
      Everglades NP
      EB Forsythe NWR
      Bombay Hook NWR
      Loxahatchee NWR

      among many others I've visited, in no particular order.

      Suggestions? Ideas? Etc?

      More and Better Democrats

      by SJerseyIndy on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 11:04:05 AM PDT

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      •  Certainly the Grand Canyon is near the top of my (3+ / 0-)
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        list, as is Yellowstone.  I really don't know enough about the parks system to make too many suggestions - certainly the California Redwoods would be a consideration on any early trip to the West.

        I have visited Gettysburg, Shenendoah, Monticello, Delaware Water Gap, Ellis Island, Erie Canalway, Fire Island, Jamestown, National Mall, Niagara Falls, Rainbow Bridge, the Lincoln, Jefferson and Washington Memorials/Monument.

        Unfortunately, all the Washington ones were when I was very young, as were Gettysburg and some not on the list I believe we visited (Manassas, Antietam) and several others (Delaware, fire island, rainbow bridge) were just times I happened to be there - no historical focus.

        Several I did explore in full - Ellis Island, Jamestown, Shenendoah (well, not quite in full there!), Niagara Falls (been there a dozen times or so).

        I was surprised not to find Monticello on the list, so I looked around the NPS site and found these as part of a list of things they do:

        2,461 national historic landmarks
        582 national natural landmarks
        392 national parks
        40 national heritage areas

        Monticello falls under national historic landmarks.  I don't know how they decide on the distinction - I would think something like Ellis Island or Jamestown would be similarly categorized, but they are under parks!  And Montauk Point/Lighthouse is a state park, but it has so much national history!

        Sooooo....  you have a lot to choose from!  I am guessing the wildlife preserves would fall under the natural landmarks category - and there are 582 of them!

        I think you start with the places you know best - that will make the writing a bit easier.  You also may want to form a group and have others contribute.  There are many wonderful diaries I have seen here about people's travels - that would take some pressure off of committing to a regularly published series.

        "Don't Bet Against Us" - President Barack Obama

        by MRA NY on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 11:52:24 AM PDT

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        •  Beats me. (1+ / 0-)
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          MRA NY

          I'm not quite sure how they come to the different designations either. Though, I do know that the NHLs go through a process of being nominated and voted on after coordination with efforts by the NPS.

          There is, I'm guessing, some small but important distinction to be made in a list of criteria that probably overlaps with criteria for other designations.

          Thanks for the suggestions.

          Trying to form a group of folks to be hosts in the series is certainly one I'll be using... I guess suggesting it in the first-in-the-series.

          Though, you could always volunteer now if you'd like!

          More and Better Democrats

          by SJerseyIndy on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 01:20:40 PM PDT

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        •  Yellowstone (3+ / 0-)
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          I have a diary coming up in the National Parks and American Indians series that will look at Yellowstone.

          •  Wonderful! (2+ / 0-)
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            Ojibwa, MRA NY

            Though one of my favorite stops coming to Yellowstone from the East is at the Medicine Wheel in the Bighorn Mountains.  Just think, the native peoples were using and adapting to that harsh alpine environment for 7,000 years!

            Distrust of authority should be the first civic duty. - Norman Douglas

            by Fossil on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 02:39:05 PM PDT

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