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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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 need to get into the mountains to renew myself - I am very lucky to live near RMNP. My family tries to get there every year and the older our kids get the more they appreciate the gem that it is. We need nature to feed our souls and help us find peace …

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…

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…

Four women of a certain age, once college room-mates, try to get together every few years. One summer we 'did' Montana, in our straw cowboy hats and smiles. I had never been to a National Park before and I savored every moment. The sights, the sounds, th…

I think seeing the live lava lake last week at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was the most epic natural experience of my long 64 years on this planet. We went for two sunsets in a row. And, I shared my binoculars with excited kids up there. The Rangers w…

This is Ellen S. Faith. She was never happier during our 45 years of marriage than when we were visiting a National Park. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, we created The National Park-off, a humorous challenge to our friends. The obj…

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SPENT CHRISTMAS 2015 WITH FAMILY SNOWMOBILING....

When I was a child my parents took me to Yellowstone National Park. While getting my degree at SUNY Plattsburgh, NY I took a national park course. I have been going back and forth from Florida and Bar Harbor, Maine. The summer months were always spent i…

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…

With Alzheimer's in our family for 3 generations it is important to live life to it's fullest. In 2016 my daughter and I began to build memories together by visiting a different national park each year. So, in 2016 we went to Big Bend and Ft. Davis. Apri…

We met both DUNN Brothers - Clay and Kinion to see the GRAND May 2016 YAVAPAI POINT

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…

After my husband and I turned 50 we made a pact to see as many Florida parks as we could and it all started with the Everglades National Park. It is truly incredible the inspiration you get from nature. It started to get me into photography which now I a…

This was my parents' first visit to a National Park in USA! We went to Yosemite National Park in the month of April 2017 from Santa Clara, CA. We rented a cabin to stay for a night! Yosemite National Park is one of the most beautiful national parks I hav…

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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 …

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…

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 …

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.

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 …

This is a painting I did in March 2017 in the park. Thomas Moran and others played a great part in forming the National park System with their magnificent paintings. Unfortunately the park superintendent at Zion Park has arbitrarily decided against artis…

In April of 2016, I retired, sold my home, and took off on a seven-month, 23,410-mile road trip through 33 states. Along the way, I explored 30 national parks, hiking and camping in most of them. It was the most exhilarating journey I have ever made! W…

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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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In 2008, I sent a check of $450 to a gentleman in Denver whom I had never met. He was organizing a trip across Wyoming for other Brokeback Mountain loving individuals like himself. He said the money would cover my lodging and most of the meals planned on…

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