Today, our National Parks Service turns 100 years old. We had national parks years before the “Service” began in 1916. Today they manage the 58 National Parks along with a host of other sites. I’ve been to 23 of the National Parks. Sixteen of these, I have camped in and twelve I’ve backpacked or overnight canoed in. These are the parks I’ve visited: Arches, Badlands, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Death Valley, Everglades, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Great Basin, Great Smoky Mountains, Isle Royale, Kings Canyon, Lassen Volcanic, Mesa Verde, Petrified Forest, Redwood, Rocky Mountains, Sequoia, Shenandoah, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Zion.
The Park Service does more than administer National Parks. There are many wonderful National Monuments (I used to live just down from Cedar Breaks and Devils Tower is down right spooky). There are also National Seashores, such as Cumberland Island which was where I spent the fist half of this week. There are many other wonderful seashores and lake shores they operate which I have enjoyed (Point Reyes, California; Cape Hatteras and Lookout in North Carolina; Picture Rocks and Sleep Bear Sand Dunes in Michigan). They also maintain historical battlefields, presidential museums, and a host of other sites.
Happy birthday, NPS!
|Parting Shot: Sunset at Cumberland National Seashore|