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If you can't actually make it to one of the nation's 401 national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails within the national park system, enjoy two-and-a-half minutes of Badlands National Parks, brought to you by videographer and artist Matt Brass. Brass also designs national park stickers and decals under the Neonaturalist Ranger Series brand.

Badlands is one of the parks I've had a chance to spend a little time in. Sadly, it was too little time, constrained by the fact that I was moving across country and had all my worldly possession—along with the cat and mcmom—in my Subaru. That didn't leave much opportunity to get out and explore. Also, the bison were in short supply that trip. We didn't see any traversing through Yellowstone, either. That led mcmom to the conviction that there is only one small herd of bison used for PR purposes, moved around among the Western parks for photo ops. It makes for a fun story, anyway.

What's your favorite national park memory?

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  •  Hmm, that's a tough choice (9+ / 0-)

    Muir Woods National Monument was one of the most incredible. Those giant trees make you feel so small and insignificant. Also a huge fan of Assateague Island National Seashore. Always have loved the Chincoteague ponies. Olympic National Park was as beautiful as Muir Woods, if not more so. Sad to see all those logging trucks, though. Shenandoah National Park is nice, but I haven't been there in over 10 years. Really hard to choose just one memory!

    Their cause must be our cause too. Because it's not just Negroes, but really it's all of us, who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice. And we shall overcome. -- Lyndon B. Johnson

    by AllTheWayWithLBJ85 on Mon May 26, 2014 at 12:08:53 PM PDT

    •  Best thing about Muir woods is you can visit in (0+ / 0-)

      a wheelchair if you need to!

      ...Son, those Elephants always look out for themselves. If you happen to get a crumb or two from their policies, it's a complete coincidence. -Malharden's Dad

      by slowbutsure on Mon May 26, 2014 at 02:24:39 PM PDT

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  •  Favorite Park Memories: (8+ / 0-)

    Yellowstone -- playing "pretend to see wildlife and cause a traffic jam."
    Mammoth Cave -- the raccoons come out at dusk and trash can lids crash throughout the campgrounds.
    Big Bend -- silence, beauty, the earth naked and raw.
    Arches -- pot doesn't make it better.
    Rocky Mountain -- driving into the clouds on Trail Ridge Road and running down a mountain.
    Wind Cave -- where I fell in love with the man who broke my heart a year and more later.

    "There are no safe words with me." -- The Perfect Wedding

    by Rikon Snow on Mon May 26, 2014 at 12:09:10 PM PDT

  •  No national parks for us today - just yardwork (15+ / 0-)

    and a BBQ.  Still, I wanted to submit one of my all-time favorite pictures in a National Park - Glacier.

    GlacierGoat

  •  Last summer, (12+ / 0-)

    my husband had a conference in Bozeman, MT.  Instead of flying by himself, we decided to make it a family road trip, stopping at various places along the way.  We went to the Grand Canyon, Arches National Park and Yellowstone, getting our national park "passport" stamped at each location.  It was a fantastic trip!

    Each park was amazing in its own right, and we got to see another part of the country that we had not seen previously.  Our national parks are truly a treasure and should be preserved for generations to come.

    The older I get and the more I learn, the more ready I will be to fucking trash your bullshit position.

    by TigerMom on Mon May 26, 2014 at 12:12:10 PM PDT

  •  Sorry for the double post but... (9+ / 0-)

    ...I cannot forget Valley Forge National Historical Park which is about 15-20 minutes from where I live. It's a lovely park and easy to access. I remember how deserted it looked during the government shutdown back in October of 2013. It's very popular.

    Their cause must be our cause too. Because it's not just Negroes, but really it's all of us, who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice. And we shall overcome. -- Lyndon B. Johnson

    by AllTheWayWithLBJ85 on Mon May 26, 2014 at 12:13:36 PM PDT

  •  But I just got back in! (11+ / 0-)

    Literally, from our mostly-daily hike. More often than not, we go somewhere in the San Juan National Forest and that is true today as well. Spring wildflowers are still blooming at 6800'.

    I've had the opportunity to visit many, many of the beautiful wild places we all own. Every one of our natural lands that we've set aside is worth visiting, whether it be a Nat'l Park, Monument, Nat'l Seashore, Nat'l Forests...they are all very worthy of spending time in!

    I would have to say that without a doubt, Glacier Nat'l Park is the most dramatically beautiful place I've ever been... That it isn't over run with folks every summer is a blessing & a mystery. I'm glad only a small percentage of people go there--but really folks, you gotta go for a visit. Montana & central Idaho have some astoundingly beautiful places. But possibly Utah has the most eye-popping spots for just one State: Arches, Canyonlands, Brice Canyon, Zion, Canyons of the Ancients, the list goes on & on. Oregon & Washington & California--one could spend a lifetime exploring the beauty of any one of them. Heck, you could spend a lifetime in Yosemite alone!

    Since I could never single out one spot(besides Glacier!), I'll just add to the exhortation that you get outside. Any where you go is gonna be a pretty spot that will refresh you. Generations of Americans have worked diligently to preserve millions & millions of acres of land, simply for our enjoyment. You can honor their hard work really, really easily, just by going to one of a thousand places & having a relaxing time in a beautiful place. That sounds like something you could do, isn't it?

    The better I know people, the more I like my dog.

    by Thinking Fella on Mon May 26, 2014 at 12:23:33 PM PDT

    •  Agreed 100% (5+ / 0-)

      Been through and passed by Glacier nearly half a dozen times. One day I want to go there and park at one of the entrances and take one of those classic red tour buses so I can focus on the views and not the road.

      "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

      by kovie on Mon May 26, 2014 at 12:58:40 PM PDT

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      •  I have a friend who lives near Glacier. Her hubby (1+ / 0-)
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        works in the ER near there and stiches up folks after Grizzly encounters a couple of times most years.

        ...Son, those Elephants always look out for themselves. If you happen to get a crumb or two from their policies, it's a complete coincidence. -Malharden's Dad

        by slowbutsure on Mon May 26, 2014 at 02:35:09 PM PDT

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    •  For a really scenic national park drive (6+ / 0-)

      let me recommend the Icefields Highway from Banff to Jasper in Canada. Drop Dead Gorgeous. The mountains in the Canadian Parks from Waterton north are amazing.

      •  2008 we drove Icefields to Jasper. (5+ / 0-)

        The Canadian mountains are soooo beautiful.

        Lake Louise is a picture postcard, incredible turquoise colored water.  Hike to the Tea House above the lake for an over-the-top hiking experience.

        Republicans - they find something to feed on until light is shined upon what they are devouring, and then they scurry away. They really should change their symbol from an elephant to a cockroach. JackND

        by Bridge Master on Mon May 26, 2014 at 02:22:17 PM PDT

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    •  We hiked Glacier '08-'12, five consec (2+ / 0-)
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      foresterbob, Thinking Fella

      Augusts.  Our favorite NP also.  The vistas are incredible.  Our favorite hike in any NP is the Highline Trail from Logan Pass to Haystack Mtn to Granite Park Chalet.  Spend the night.  Next morning hike over Swiftcurrent Pass back to Many Glacier.  The payoff is spectacular scenery, too many waterfalls to count, and we always saw wildlife aplenty.

      Also, thanks for the Utah parks mention.  We are visiting 9 natl. parks and Navajo Monument Valley in southern UT and Grand Canyon north rim the first two weeks of September.  We've been to Zion and GC south rim.  I've got a feeling this will be an introductory trip; we'll be going back for more.

      Republicans - they find something to feed on until light is shined upon what they are devouring, and then they scurry away. They really should change their symbol from an elephant to a cockroach. JackND

      by Bridge Master on Mon May 26, 2014 at 02:31:56 PM PDT

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  •  Just Back From Cuyahoga Valley Nat'l Park (8+ / 0-)

    runs along the river and the abandoned Ohio/Erie Canal system that made Cleveland and Akron, like Chicago to the west, world ports in the early 1800's. It's a few miles inland of the mouth at Lake Erie whose 1969 flaming helped motivate the Clean Water Act and the 1st Earth Day.

    We have herons and some bald eagles now, unknown in my childhood in the region, just saw either an eagle or a large turkey vulture riding thermals WAAAaaaay up in the sky with a hawk below.

    Lots of woodsy wild flowers were blooming, including some kind of big bright yellow water irises in a submerged wetland.

    Took little Toto dog along who appreciated all the smells.

    No photos, we were just out to enjoy the day.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon May 26, 2014 at 12:23:37 PM PDT

  •  Thank you for the advice (5+ / 0-)

    It's 79.9 and sunny at my house. WTF am I doing in the office?!
    I've lived in the Northwest for 24ish years and been to Yellowstone once, and that's about the extent of my National Park experiences as an adult. Sick and wrong, but the time spent in National Forests and Wilderness Areas makes up for it all.

  •  Mid 70's Mt. Rainier (6+ / 0-)

    My mom sewed my sister and I hounds-tooth denim backpacks.  We walked as much as our young legs could carry us and ended up on a part of the Wonderland trail.  We met serious hikers from all over the world along the way, ate snacks of gorp and homemade beef jerky and dried apricots,  my dad took beautiful picture with his new Canon SLR.  

    Over the years we continued to camp and hike near there, or did day visits, but that memory of hiking from morning to evening will always be my best.  It's even possible I crossed paths with my future husband while he was actually climbing the mountain with his scout troop!  I loved the fields of wildflowers and playing in snow during summer.

    I've been to Yellowstone twice and have not yet got my fill.

    I would be outside today working in the yard but it's a bit too wet to be productive.  Today I'm working on my craft/jewelry.  It's early still though.

    "You want to be a bit compulsive in your art or craft or whatever you do." Steve Martin

    by Kristin in WA on Mon May 26, 2014 at 12:31:56 PM PDT

  •  Our program of replacing goose eggs... (8+ / 0-)

    with wooden substitutes was clearly not quite perfect...

    Geese. Much as I love the things, I wish they were a little less efficient at generating more geese.

    My favorite National Park is the one that was closest to my childhood home -- Mammoth Cave National Park. Sure, it may not be everyone's idea of the "Great Outdoors" but it's a national park you can visit in snow, rain, or heat and find it pleasantly cool every day.

  •  Tough one! Yosemite-Granite wonders, (6+ / 0-)

    waterfalls, bears, skiing at Badger Pass.  Yellowstone-Old Faithful, emerald pools. Grand Canyon-breathtaking views. Bryce-golden stalagtites. Acacia-Biking through stunning forest and ocean views. Big Sur-Scary ocean views! and redwoods. Petrified forest. I could go on but thank you for the memories. These are our national treasures and good to remember on Memorial Day as well as the sacrifice of those in wars.

    I am pro-life. Bring our troops home ALIVE!

    by Doc Allen on Mon May 26, 2014 at 12:37:45 PM PDT

  •  My favorite memory (6+ / 0-)

    Back in the '60's our high school's senior trip was to Yosemite National Park (California).  Back then, it was not as commercialized and a bunch of us with our high school sweethearts went on a nature trail walk.  It was fabulous.  We saw so much wild life and the views were awesome.  

    We've been back a number of times and for the most part, the views remain the same but it has grown in commercialism basically because of the huge increase in population in California.  

  •  actually learned to ride a bike in Yosemite /nt (9+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Mon May 26, 2014 at 12:44:47 PM PDT

  •  Being Kissed by a Bear (8+ / 0-)

    I was a 19 year old college kid on a geology field trip, our last night was spent on Yosemite Valley at the group camping area.  All we did was roll out our sleeping bags near the fire ring and crash.  In the middle of the night, I felt something brush my hair, I took a peek out from under my bag and all I saw was a very large furry leg.  YIKES!

    I now have first hand memories of what the term scared stiff really means.  

    In the morning, I was told that a large female bear had walked between me and another student and she has leaned down and sniffed at my hair and face (that is what woke me up, her sniffing).  

    This happened in October of 1973.

    Obviously, a life-time memory.

    Life is not a problem to be solved but an adventure to be experienced.

    by DarkHawk98 on Mon May 26, 2014 at 12:45:15 PM PDT

  •  Got no time to sit around lollygaggin' online when (4+ / 0-)

    there's work to do. Putting down the 3/4 trim on the porch floor. then the touch ups. How is it repairing takes 3 years while building it took a day. The carpenter who built my house must have been randy: he eye-fucked every corner in the house.  Wish #24394: I travel back in time to when they were building my house and I loan the carpenter my T square. I wonder what the butterfly effect would be.

    Slow thinkers - keep right

    by Dave the Wave on Mon May 26, 2014 at 12:55:30 PM PDT

  •  Heh, when I moved cross-country 2 years ago (6+ / 0-)

    I also passed through the Badlands and Yellowstone (plus Glacier), sans cat, dog or any other kind of pet, but with my mom, who'd always wanted to drive cross-country (provided that someone else was doing the actual driving). And we did see bison, plenty of them, in Yellowstone.

    Didn't get to a NP today, but I did bike through a bunch of really nice local parks here in Queens, including a Civil War-era fort right across from the Throgs Neck, where the British invasion of NYC began, and later I saw a blue heron and some turtles (in a different park).

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Mon May 26, 2014 at 12:55:40 PM PDT

  •  I prefer places that are off the beaten path (5+ / 0-)

    and not overrun with tourists. But I do visit the national parks and monuments when the crowds are thin.

    One enduring memory:

    As a young lad of 20, I was about 1,600 miles into a 2,600 mile bicycle trip with my younger brother. We camped in Cody, Wyoming with the intention of taking state highways north into Montana. We woke to find a stiff wind blowing from the northeast, and we'd been enduring unfavorable winds all across Wyoming. We decided to brave the traffic and go through Yellowstone instead.

    On the long ride up Sylvan Pass, the air grew steadily colder. Our hands began to get numb, and we put socks on our hands to keep them halfway warm. Atop the pass, a light frozen mix was falling from the sky.

    Before long, we came to a circus of tourists stopped along the road. A bear was next to one car, apparently being fed. Now, when you're on a bike, do you nonchalantly ride past the bear, or do you wait forever for it to wander away? Being on a downhill slope, we chose to get a full head of steam and zip past the bear while it was distracted.

    Our intention was to camp at at Canyon Village, but camping was restricted to hard-sided vehicles. By the time we covered the extra 10 or 12 miles to Norris Geyser Basin, that campground was full. A couple in an RV saw us forlornly searching for a campsite, and invited us to set up our tent in their site.

    That night the snow level was only a few hundred feet above us.

  •  Too many... (7+ / 0-)

    but some highlights:

    Yellowstone: two memories
      - as a child, seeing Old Faithful for the first time, and being disappointed that there were no bison (nearly extinct at the time)
       - few years ago, visiting Yellowstone again and seeing so many bison that it was nearly frightening (they own the place, and some were bigger than my car)

    Devil's Tower: seeing it rise out of the hillside, and later seeing it on "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and thinking it was the perfect otherworldly place

    Olympic National Park: almost in my backyard.  I go there often, and each time I'm awed by the green lushness and the stillness

    Two years ago I drove my daughter from Seattle to midwife school in Maine, and it was a joy to share many of the parks and monuments that I saw as a younger person with her (she especially loved the Badlands).  Oh, and visiting Acadia National Park while I was out there, just 'cause.

    (aka NobleExperiments). ‎"Those who make a peaceful revolution impossible make a violent revolution inevitable" ~ John F. Kennedy

    by smrichmond on Mon May 26, 2014 at 12:59:36 PM PDT

  •  Oh, I should mention (7+ / 0-)

    while I've always been a park lover, reading the fiction of Nevada Barr has made me determined to visit many more parks.  She was a National Park Service ranger, and sets her mysteries in national parks.  I'm dying to see places like Big Bend and Fort Jefferson for myself now.

    (aka NobleExperiments). ‎"Those who make a peaceful revolution impossible make a violent revolution inevitable" ~ John F. Kennedy

    by smrichmond on Mon May 26, 2014 at 01:01:28 PM PDT

  •  Isle Royale (4+ / 0-)

    When I was in college.  I spent the summer there working in the lodge.  would always see moose around the lodge area.  Did a three-day backpack trip, barely saw a human for three days, would fall asleep to the wolves howling at night.  Best trout ever there also.

    •  I've backpacked there. (0+ / 0-)

      The only time I ever got seasick was on the long trip from Copper Harbor, on very choppy seas. But once we got there, it was an excellent trip. Had a moose venture through camp, and saw the aurora one night.

  •  Two parks (3+ / 0-)

    Two parks, two vastly different memories.  

    August 1969 – Yellowstone - snowed so hard they closed the northern entrance and some campgrounds.

    August 1993 – Gettysburg - Visited the weekend after the 1993 movie ended filming.  Place was packed with reenactors that had been in the movie.  At every stop, every place there were people that really knew every detail of that spot. Who fought there, where they stood and where the moved, who died there.  It was like having guides all over the battlefield.  Final stop before the museum was standing at the ‘Bloody Angle’.  As I walked up there were a group of men both Union and Confederate reenactors walking in front of me.  If you have never been, it is a profound place, where Picket’s charge ended at the Union lines.  I was standing next to a big bearded guy in a Confederate coat.  I looked over and noticed that he was crying, while saying over and over in a Georgia accent, ‘Such a waste, such a waste’.  I looked around and some of the other men were also teary eyed.  When I turned back the big guy saw my University of Wisconsin t-shirt, and asked if I was from Wisconsin.  I said yes and he said, ‘Thank God the Iron Brigade did its job here?’, then he hugged me, a huge bear hug.  I was dumbfounded but his friends in both Union and Confederate outfits hugged him and they all walked away.  I just stood there and thought well maybe there is hope for this country after all.

  •  Like Joan I had planned to stop (3+ / 0-)

    at Badlands when I was moving cross country too. Our first stop was Lake Tahoe State Park, then Great Basin National Park and Wheeler Peak, then Yellowstone, and next was supposed to be the Badlands. We had never heard of the Sturgis motorcycle rally and throughout the whole trip we saw motorcyclists heading the same way as us--starting at the beginning in Santa Cruz. From Yellowstone to S. Dakota it was as if we were floating in a sea of motorcycles. There wasn't a camp site to be found, there were no hotels that weren't booked solid. We had to drive 250 miles past the park to finally find a room.

    Someday I'll make it there.

    You can wake someone who is sleeping, but you cannot wake someone who is pretending to sleep.

    by gnothis on Mon May 26, 2014 at 02:05:54 PM PDT

  •  Outside? Once I went through the door at the (2+ / 0-)
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    Top of the stairs of the basement I live in - it opened onto this really big room with a weird green carpet, giant houseplants taller than me, and a really bright bulb way up on the high blue ceiling. Was that the 'outside' people talk about?

    The graphics kinda sucked too.

    "Jika Anda membutuhkan produk untuk meningkatkan kualitas hubungan seksual Anda atau membutuhkan produk obat pembesar penis!" - Bintangpasutri

    by Fordmandalay on Mon May 26, 2014 at 02:09:47 PM PDT

  •  We visited 5 Minnesota state parks (3+ / 0-)

    Sat and Sun. along the Lake Superior north shore.  The spring snow-melt has caused rapidly flowing water over falls and cascades that are spectacular.

    We visited Grand Portage State Park on the Canadian border in the northeast corner of Minnesota yesterday, our first time there.  The "big" waterfall there is the most awesome sight we have encountered in our 24 years living in MN.  It was like a smaller Niagra Falls.  The combination of waterspray and bright sunlight created a gorgeous double rainbow.

    The other state parks we visited to see the waterfalls were:  
    Temperance River
    Tettegouche
    Gooseberry
    Jay Cooke

    Weather was perfect.

    Republicans - they find something to feed on until light is shined upon what they are devouring, and then they scurry away. They really should change their symbol from an elephant to a cockroach. JackND

    by Bridge Master on Mon May 26, 2014 at 02:15:11 PM PDT

  •  Is Okefenokee a park? Loved canoeing there! (2+ / 0-)
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    But you have to sleep on platforms to avoid the gators, and the racoons are really good at stealing your food.

    ...Son, those Elephants always look out for themselves. If you happen to get a crumb or two from their policies, it's a complete coincidence. -Malharden's Dad

    by slowbutsure on Mon May 26, 2014 at 02:32:45 PM PDT

  •  Death Valley... it's like no other. (1+ / 0-)
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  •  "happy" Memorial Day?? (0+ / 0-)

    Are memorials supposed to be happy? That has always struck me as classic dissonance. But, yes, I'm glad it's a day off, so there' that. And I don't give a rip about memorials, so it's all good.

  •  Climbing Wheeler Peak, Great Basin NP (2+ / 0-)
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    It's not well-known even among park nerds, but Great Basin is amazing, and apparently hardly ever crowded.  They don't even charge admission.

    It's about 25 miles from the Utah state line, and the nearest "real" town is Ely, about 55-60 miles NW in Nevada.  In Utah, Delta is closest, and it's about 110 miles away.

    Once I headed west from Delta, it was an hour and more on the absolute emptiest road I've ever driven (US 50), followed by the jaw-dropping 3,000+ foot cliffs of Notch Peak at the edge of the Basin and Range country.  If Notch Peak were in New Hampshire or North Carolina, it would be a national park in its own right.  Out there, it's just roadside scenery.

    Past the state line, the road went down . . . and down . . . and down, straight as an arrow for at least 20 miles.  Beyond it, the Snake Creek Mountains, the heart of the park.  From sagebrush desert up through pinon pine and eventually to fir and spruce and bristlecone pine forests, icy streams and trout and a glacier (yes, there's a glacier in Nevada).  

    The east side of Wheeler is this enormous crumbling ampitheater of gray rock that dominates the landscape in a way that redefines "dominate".  Up and up and up the northeast ridge of Wheeler goes the trail, but the huffing and puffing is more than made up for by the view.  And though it was a Saturday night in early August, if the campground was one-third full, I'd have been seriously surprised.

    There's also a hike to some of the oldest living things on earth - the ancient pines.  It's so cold and dry there, and the wood is so dense and resinous that the bristlecones don't rot.  Rather, they erode and ablate, like rocks do.  Knock your knuckles on a fallen Methuselah, and you'll hear the kind of musical note you get hitting the side of a Steinway, or perhaps the world's biggest marimba.

    If you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, seeking something to do - don't miss it!

  •  Thought of some more favorites (1+ / 0-)
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    Joan McCarter

    Never been to Glacier, though I want to go there. Ditto with Yellowstone and Yosemite. I was at Everglades National Park back in March. So pretty, and in a different way from Olympic and Muir Woods. I've also been to Gettysburg, Antietam, Fort Sumpter (which involved riding on a ferry to reach with dolphins swimming around the ferry!), and Harper's Ferry. I was in the beautiful San Juan Islands in May 2013 (same trip I went to Olympic National Park). Can't remember if I knew they were a National Park, but I DO know that everyone HAS to go to them, at least once. I forgot, when I was in Shenandoah, we went to Luray Caverns, which was awesome, though I would like to go to Carlsbad Caverns. I'm sure there are other National Parks/ Monuments, Historical Parks/ National Seashores, etc that I've been to, but hard to list them all!

    Their cause must be our cause too. Because it's not just Negroes, but really it's all of us, who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice. And we shall overcome. -- Lyndon B. Johnson

    by AllTheWayWithLBJ85 on Mon May 26, 2014 at 05:01:18 PM PDT

  •  go outside (1+ / 0-)
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    Joan McCarter

    As a matter of fact, this past Wednesday we were in Yellowstone (not as many people during the week) and came upon a black wolf stalking a young buffalo calf. However, five adult buffalo were keeping watch and the wolf decided to move on to the next herd. Five minutes down the road - a sow grizzly and the tiniest cub we have ever seen. Quite a day! We never get tired of Yellowstone. Last month, visited Chaco Canyon National Park, Canyon de Chelly and Mesa Verde National Park. Wonderful places all of them! We are so lucky the government has been smart enough to preserve them for us.

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