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This week, Park People is focused on sharing favorite parks and public lands. As this is such a hot topic, I had to break this topic down into several posts that will be shared periodically over the next few months. So if you already submitted and don’t see yours this week, check back soon! We have some great features coming up!! If you haven’t submitted, there is still time to contribute your favorite park or public land! Head on over to the Park People Participants page to learn more.
Yellowstone National Park
“Yellowstone is our favorite park! We have visited at least 12 times since 2015 and still know there is so much left to see. Our favorite part is watching America’s last original bison herd roam in herds of hundreds across the Lamar Valley. The park is so diverse in its ecosystems, from thermal features and Waterfalls to dense stands of lodgepole pines. There is always something new to experience and discover!”
Mount Rainier National Park
“Living two hours from Mount Rainier National Park and seeing the snow capped peak on clear days for nearly all my life counts for something. As we say in the Greater Seattle Area, when the sun shines and the cloud part, “Mount Rainier comes out.” My favorite trailheads are Paradise and Sunrise, where any path you pick will lead you to fantastic views.”
Kejimkujik National Park (Keji), Nova Scotia
“Keji (as we call it) is both a National Wilderness and Historic Park, as it was originally home to tribes of our aboriginal peoples (the Mi’kmaq). Keji’s lakes and rivers are a paddler’s paradise, and it offers both frontcountry and backcountry camping and hiking. Nearby Keji Seaside Adjunct is a coastal additional to the Park, with a nearly 9K trail taking you to Port Joli Head (coastal point). The beaches along the Seaside trail are stunning with near tropical views. Keji is home to a number of at-risk species including Blanding’s Turtle and the Piping Plover.”
Bandelier National Monument
“Although I visited to Zion and Bryce national parks when I was 12 years old, I didn’t return to the Southwest until I was in my 40s. Tagging along with my husband on a business trip, we went to Bandelier National Monument. I didn’t know what to expect, and was astonished by the cliff dwellings carved into the tuff walls of Frijoles Canyon. It was snowing in April, and we jammed on hats and gloves, fumbling with the camera we’d borrowed to try to take better pictures. Something about being there in the cold, crouching inside rooms with ceilings blackened from ancient fires and looking out over the canyon floor where spring-green cottonwoods lined the banks of Frijoles Creek, gave me the tiniest flash of connection with the people who had lived there for millennia. My love affair with the New Mexico desert started there and then.”
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
“One of my all-time favorite national park experiences was a bear tour we took to Chinitna Bay in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. We didn’t get to spend a lot of time Lake Clark, but every minute was worth it. When our chartered plane landed on the beach in this gorgeous bay we could see 14 bear! We spent a few hours watching and photographing before taking a air tour of glaciers and active volcanoes on the way back to Homer, Alaska.”
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