Tag: national parks

Yellowstone: Mother of All Parks

Yellowstone: Mother of All Parks

When I made a guest appearance last month on the award-winning NPR podcast, “Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer,” the show’s host and my travel writing colleague, Tom Wilmer, and I discussed visiting U.S. National Parks during this year’s centennial celebration of the establishment of the National Park Service.

Both the general news media and travel publications and blogs have been making much-ado about the 100th year of service by the NPS, and in honor of that agency, PBS stations have been re-running Ken Burns’ 2009 documentary series, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.

But what may have been overlooked in the hoopla over the park service anniversary, is what made creation of that government entity necessary: The establishment of the world’s first national park, Yellowstone, decades earlier in the post-Civil War era.

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RVing “On The Road Again”

RVing “On The Road Again”

Now, a month into Spring, maybe, just maybe your mind is beginning to focus on where to go on a summer vacation and how to get there.

Flying? Oh, that’s so expensive, and the airlines squish you into a narrow seat with little legroom, and then there’s the TSA torture gauntlet to get through!

(Christopher Doyle Flicker Photo)
(Christopher Doyle Flicker Photo)

So why not drive?

And if you’ve come to believe that’s the way to get from “Point A” to “Point B,” perhaps it’s because these lyrics from a well-known Willie Nelson song have been playing endlessly inside of your head:

“On the road again
“Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway
“We’re the best of friends
“Insisting that the world be runnin’ our way”

But what kind of vehicle should you drive down that nomadic route to vacation Nirvana?

What about an RV?

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The National Parks: America’s Best “Fixer Up” Idea

The National Parks: America’s Best “Fixer Up” Idea

When I read the April TV schedule for one of my local PBS affiliate stations, I saw that Ken Burns’ six-part, twelve-hour documentary television series, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, will air again this year in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

 

Let’s assume that you’ve heeded my past advice and booked a stay in one of the popular U.S. National Parks in the Western U.S. for this summer far in advance.

You know you’ve got a bed in which to lay your head or a place to pitch your tent on arrival.

But what you don’t know is what shape that park will be in.

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