We had a wonderful time in Yosemite early in August and we dealt with some smoke from fires west of the park at that time. But a new fire in the Wawona area has taken hold and has forced the closure of Glacier Point Road for fire fighting measures.
If you are planning a Labor Day weekend around Yosemite you might need to adjust your plans. More details can be found at http://www.sierrastar.com/news/local/article169960032.html
Currently the Interior Department is reviewing the status of a number of National Monuments across the land, the latest in a series of threats to our Public Lands. These National Monuments are valuable treasures to all citizens in this land, not the least of which is because so many have gone on to become National Parks. Crater Lake, Lassen, Death Valley, Capitol Reef, and Katmai National Park where the brown bears gather to catch salmon at the waterfalls - all started as National Monuments.
But even if they never get changed to Parks they all hold unique treasures, and as Monuments they are open to ALL of us, not set aside for use by various special interests. The Monument most familiar to us is Grand Staircase Escalante NM, and below is a photo gallery of some of our most recent visit there. This place, like all National Monuments, is worth saving.
If you agree, it is time to fulfill your civic duty as a concerned citizen. Comments may be submitted online by visiting http://www.regulations.gov then entering “DOI-2017-0002” in the Search bar and clicking “Search,” or by mail to Monument Review, MS-1530, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240. Take 5 minutes to make your voice be heard on this important topic!
by Harley McAllister
This week is National Parks week which means you get free admission to any and all of our nation's parks. So what are you waiting for? Click the link below for more information and then make time to get out and visit a park near you.
Here is a cool video of a bobcat fishing for salmon in Olympic National Park. Visiting National Parks in the off season can be very rewarding if you're looking to spot animals because the cooler weather cna bring them out of the high country and the reduced visitors can make them less shy.
On a recent weekend getaway we made our first quick trip to this little known National Park. As with all National Parks, we were not disappointed. This was more of a scouting trip so we didn't even get to hit the trails very much, but even the views from the roads and pullouts were enough to leave us wanting more. Check out a gallery of our photos below, and if you are ever in northern Washington don't miss an opportunity to visit this amazing place!
One of the most helpful guide books I've read for any destination. The same level of in-depth knowledge and clear communication you'd expect from a top-shelf series like Lonely Planet, but for a very particular niche: Parents traveling with kids. Can't imagine planning a Yellowstone trip with kids without this book. - Jonathan V. Last
By harley mcallister
Yellowstone Lodges just posted a newsletter with some photos, videos, and recordings of the elk rut. This annual mating ritual occurs in the second half of September all across the West, but the two best places to observe in are in Yellowstone NP and Rocky Mountain NP. You can see there newsletter here, but we also wanted to share some of our favorite photos of this time. Enjoy!
As you probably have heard, this year is the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. In celebration, all National Parks are offering free admission from August 25th (the actual birthday) through the weekend until August 28th. Here is a link to more details, NPS 100th Birthday.
If the notice is a little short for a big road trip to a major park, still click on the link and use the search function to find the NP closest to your home. Too often we overlook those little gems that we live close to, but this weekend would be a great time to make a quick visit. And if you are fortunate like we are, it could be that one of the most majestic parks around is just a half day away. If you find yourself in Glacier this weekend, keep an eye out for us!
We, Harley and Abby, are the parents of 4 boys whom we regularly drag into any and every national park we come near to. We love our parks and know that the only chance we have of keeping and maintaining this priceless resource is to give our children a love of them too.