Priceless places, priceless memories

The national parks represent the best of America — our rich natural, historical and cultural heritage. But without proper funding, our parks are in peril.

What’s at stake? Priceless memories — and the memories we haven’t yet made.

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Summer of 2016, Olympic High Divide: In one of the few places left in the world undisturbed by humans, I made a starling realization of how few of my friends have really gone out and explored what nature truly is (away from the hottest tourist destinatio…

Awesome Blue Ridge Parkway drives with breathtaking mountain views of the 4 seasons. Amazing hiking trails with many having beautiful creeks, streams and waterfalls. Fell in love with old time mountain music at the Oconaluftee visitor center "Old Time Ja…

It didn't take long to realize the freedom of the wilderness during my week-long stay at Big Creek. By the second day, a group of friends and I spontaneously decided to go fly-fishing in the river. We waded across fast flowing, freezing water to get to t…

Coming back from San Francisco on Friday November 4, 2016, we decided to take the small highway 25 to Hollister and then to Pinnacles National Park. When we arrived, our first impression was that it was a small park with just common mountains view and no…

This is me 35 years ago, lol!! It was the most wonderful place & the most wonderful job I could have ever imagined.

For me nature became a place where I could find comfort and peace during a time that seemed hectic and busy. This lake I could look out over after a long day and know that when the day was over the sun would set and rise again the next day. The value of…

There were trails. Flattened gravel cutting through an otherwise steep sloping hill leading down into a lake. We followed the trails for a bit but the real adventure started when we crossed the road and river to get to the other side. On the other side, …

We arrived at Stout Grove in a section of the Redwoods named after mountain man Jedediah Smith. The strong scent of a thickly vegetated undergrowth of sward ferns, mosses and many blossoms of wood rose and thimble berries permeated the air as we took the…

Before the winter residents and tourists come during the more “comfortable” season, it is a great time to visit the Everglades National Park. Recently, I was fortunate to have my sister from Nashville visit me in Everglades City, and we were able to get …

The 100 Year Old Treasure A century has past, and the treasure has grown, Season after season, as the winds have blown. Through these years, the parks have spoken, The legacy of the treasure can never be broken. They welcome all, with an open door, Your…

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As I hiked up Mount Rainier's Paradise Glacier with its scores of eerie and gurgling ice caves, rocks tore loose from the upper flanks and cracked down sheer cliffs to the wrinkled ice nearby. I began to sense a living presence in this mountain while sta…

It was a Sunday morning, my best friend Jess and I decided to embark on an adventure outside of our small college town. I'm an avid hiker so I was excited, to say the least. This photo represents the good times we spent together on that Sunday afternoon,…

Spent the weekend with my son driving the drive. We each have roadsters, great place to drive them!

As part of NatureBridge's Summer Field Research course, I went on an 8 day backpacking trip (my first ever!) through beautiful Olympic National Park. From the Hoh Rain Forest River Center, we followed the Hoh River, passed through the Seven Lakes Basin, …

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In 1965, as part of a summer visiting parks, we were at Arches, then only a National Monument, and Canyonlands which had been designated a Park the previous year. We camped and the first full day joined a ranger hike, walking at the rear with another ran…

We drove from Las Vegas up to a pass in late April rising to 4,000 feet, and from there we got our first glimpse of Death Valley, a narrow winding white valley with wrinkled, elephant-skinned mounds rising here and there--"hills like white elephants" as …

My environmental humanities class has been focusing on the definition of wilderness. We have learned how the current definition of wilderness that most people hold revolves around the idea that wilderness is absent of human activity. However, we have lea…

I took a trip to Yosemite this past summer with my mom, aunt, and cousin. Together we put away our electronics, put on our hiking boots, and explored the trails Yosemite had to offer. While we saw many beautiful views throughout the park, this view was t…

My National Parks Plein Air Project began in 2014 in Isle Royale Nat Park with the desire to visit and paint on site all 59 Nat Parks. Thus far I have "plein air" painted in 35 Parks. I return to my framing shop and art studio every few weeks so I c…

I have had many park trips and enjoyed them all by my favorite parks trip of all was in May - June of 2001. It was just my Dad and I and lasted 11 days. We flew into Denver and visited Badlands, Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial. My Dad was 76 …

Four of us hiked the 2 miles up to Lone Star Geyser. A predictable geyser in that it erupts about every 3 hours. A small log book is there for people to document eruptions and upon inspection it looked like we had just missed an eruption. So my friend…

We left a cold Massachusetts in February for a reprieve from winter down to South Florida and the Everglades. On our way to Flamingo Point where we would have a tasty lunch including the best ever key-lime pie, my wife and I were utterly amazed by such a…

I've always been drawn to Alaska and in 1993 I had the opportunity to plan a kayak expedition for myself and my girlfriend in Glacier Bay. We had a fantastic time and I asked her to marry me in the wilderness. She said yes. Fast forward to 2015, and I wa…

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Zion is my favorite national park for many reasons, so I try to pay it forward when I go. I had just paid for 2 passes so the ranger could let someone deserving in for free, who couldn't afford it or seemed to need it. He was slightly dumbfounded and s…

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