From a memory to a movement

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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was 2002, my wife and I(pictured) traveled through Utah, visiting many National Parks. Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon, Arches, and others. Camping in these parks was terrific, as well as hiking. Such beauty it takes your breath away. These are sanctuaries fo…

Growing up, my Father thought it was important for us to see as much of our country as possible. We always drove so we could stop at anything that caught our eye, the Grand Canyon being his favorite. When my husband and I started having children of our o…

While at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island this summer, I spoke with a representative from the NPCA. We talked about the much needed funds for National Park maintenance. A few days later I found myself exploring Acadia National Park with my wife.…

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My husband and I grew up in the Valley, so Shenandoah National Park has been our home-up-the-mountain for as long as we can remember. Drives along Skyline Drive with family in the fall are a tradition, along with day hikes with friends. A couple summers …

When my dad was in college in Ohio, a group of students visited the park and climbed Long's Peak. After retirement, my folks bought a cabin near the park. At 69, Dad asked my family to come from Washington DC and climb Long's Peak with him before he was …

In memory of my beloved husband, Richard J. Rohde, with whom I visited so many national parks during our 45 years together. His deepest love (pardon the pun) was the Grand Canyon, followed closely by Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Arches, Zion, and Bryce. …

My first experience with Acadia -- September 2012. We camped at Blackwoods. By the time we set up the RV, settled in and ate supper it was dark. My sister said we had to go to "The Rocks" I wasn't too sure about rocks in the dark, but trusted and walked …

I am a Virginia resident who lives overseas for my work. When I am away, no matter how long or how short a time, what I miss the most and long for are not the crowded commercial spaces, or the busy cities, not even the convenience of enterprise and innov…

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I am a 65 year old lover of the outdoors and an avid hiker, cyclist and camper. My life has been sprinkled with visits to National Parks across America, most recently Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. My wife and I camped at Big Meadow and participat…

About a year ago, we started hiking in the park and it has opened our minds and hearts so much. Something about being alone with your thoughts in the park makes you come out refreshed - body, mind and soul. Hiking these trails has helped us release the s…

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We have made 2 trips to Yellowstone Park, each with its own unique experiences. Out 2nd trip was strictly in the northern end of the park, where it was less crowded. Driving through Lamar Valley during dusk was the best. We saw hundreds of bison! The…

Every park has a story. We were expecting a story about Joshua trees and other desert life. We were pleasantly surprised by the story of the prospector's seeking their wealth in the park and also the geology of the park and convergence of the Sonoran and…

In June and July 2016, I travelled through Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Montana and Alaska (via Canada). On my travels, I visited Saguaro, Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Glacier (see photo), Wrangell-S…

This museum house near the U.S. Capitol reminds us of the savvy organizing and courageous demonstrations waged by suffragettes to achieve voting rights for women. The slogans on the banners displayed throughout the house hold true today.

Crater Lake was my home for two summers while I was in college, in 1964 and 1965. Now I mostly just see it from a plane window when traveling from Maine out to Portland--when I do, even from 32,000 feet up, I begin to cry.

Visiting Ruby Beach last week on a 10 day National Park trip that took us to Olympic, North Cascades and Mount Ranier National Parks. These were 21, 22 and 23 marked off of our National Park bucket list!!! Almost half way to visiting all of the parks...t…

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This was my first time backpacking and camping in the Yosemite back country. Before this experience, I had no idea what I was missing by only staying in the valley. While hiking towards our campsite, I thought the sun was rising to my left because of how…

The Smoky's have always held a special place in my heart and that of my family's. As a girl whose Cherokee heritage discovered that her family had hidden in these mountains to escape certain death from the Trail of Tears reinforced the inescapable draw t…

Mount Rushmore National Memorial was totally worth visiting! The views were great and the presidents' heads were amazing!! Hope I can visit this awesome place again!

My sister and best friend (pictured) was my travelling partner seeing over 25 national parks in just 10 years. Dying suddenly, I am so happy we had so much fun and I have so much to remember about the trails we hiked, the animals we made friends with, t…

I'm a travel writer and recently visited Mesa Verde National Park. Writing about it to tell the story of the ancient people who built these amazing cliff dwellings is the kind of thing I love to do. The biggest lesson I took from this visit was how these…

I was traveling in the area on business and decided to take "the long way" (through Rocky Mountain National Park) to my next stop. It was just what I needed during a stressful work trip. The beautiful scenery and mountains soothed my soul. As I drove bac…

This is a beautiful sacred space that commemorates Custer's Last Stand and contributes to an understanding of the Lakota and other Plains Indian tribes. I was reminded of the savage atrocities committed against indigenous peoples during the founding of t…

My first visit to Yosemite was when I was 9. My family stayed in Camp 4 with George, our white feline, and Ralph, our German Shepherd. Years later, I became a seasonal Nat. Park Ranger on the Horse Patrol. I did this during summer break in graduate sc…

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