Nearly everyone wants to enjoy the beauty and majesty of the National Parks at some point in their lives — the problem is when too many of us have the same idea at the same time. More than 300 million people visit the U.S. National Parks each year, and nothing can kill the buzz of … Continue reading 8 Ways to Avoid the Crowds at the National Parks
I certainly hadn't heard of Guadalupe Mountains before arriving at the nearby Carlsbad Caverns National Park. To be honest, with the choice of driving north through snowy mountain towns or south through the Guadalupe range and El Paso, I was leaning north. Yet on our way out of Carlsbad, I bought my son a Junior … Continue reading Summiting Guadalupe
Looking for an affordable, fun, and family-friendly vacation? Visit a national park! We’ve rounded up a list of national parks with kid-friendly hiking, fun activities, and enough adventure for the entire family. Here’s our pick for some of the best national parks for families. Acadia National Park Maine’s Acadia National Park offers several easy hikes … Continue reading 8 Amazing National Parks for Families
In the summer of 1897, a young African American man filed a lawsuit against the former mayor of San Francisco Adolph Sutro - it was the first case to test California's recent civil right law. On several occasions, John Harris had been refused entry into the Sutro Baths because of his race. At the time, … Continue reading Sutro Baths was a test case for civil rights laws
Five weeks ago, a new national park joined the ranks of our National Park Service system: Camp Nelson National Monument in Nicholasville, Kentucky. The park, located about 20 miles south of Lexington in Jessamine County, commemorates the African American soldiers who resided at Camp Nelson during the Civil War. Originally established as a Union Army … Continue reading Introducing America’s Newest National Park: Camp Nelson
The day before Thanksgiving is a hectic day in America. Across the country, people are traveling, cooking, and making last-minute trips to the grocery store. But as we busy ourselves preparing for tomorrow’s feast, we ought to take a moment of pause to ask ourselves—what does Thanksgiving mean to us? The answers are sure to … Continue reading America’s Parks Reveal a Different Kind of Thanksgiving
In today’s current political climate, the midterm elections are as important as ever. And for national park advocates, voting can have an impact on the parks that we all enjoy.
A good friend of mine – and an incredible fly angler – once told me a story he called the evolution of the fly fisherman: When someone first learns to fish using a fly rod (and the same probably holds true of a spinning rod as well) they’re hell bent on catching a fish, no … Continue reading On and Off the Trail in Acadia: Brook Trout Fishing in Acadia National Park
When I was in 7th grade my dad packed up all his worldly possessions into his VW wagon and took off for the Everglades, where he became, the first, and to my recollection, the only, established squatter. He lived there for almost 30 years. Yup, that’s right, my dad was the Everglades hermit.
Following the spectacular Centennial year of the National Park Service in the United States, Canada is celebrating its 150th Birthday by making all of its national parks completely free! That's right, our neighbors to the north have a collection of natural wonders that rival any the world over, and are letting you see them for … Continue reading Canada’s National Parks Are Free In 2017! Grab Your Pass Here: