It’s Trivia Tuesday! So, what are you looking at in this image, you may be asking yourself. You see a teeny white SUV to the upper left of this image, some golden grass and scrubby sagebrush. You see a large hole in the center and center-left of the image. Well, that’s a pothole you are looking at. Yes, a pothole – like the ones your vehicle drives over and it doesn’t get fixed until some member of the city council or their relative damages their car driving over it and they demand it gets fixed. Only this pothole was created by something entirely different, and is out in the middle of Drumheller Channels National Natural Landmark, a part of the Channeled Scablands landscape seen along the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail in Eastern Washington state.
Ever heard of a “kolk”? Tens of thousands of years ago, colossal floodwaters surged through the area, higher than that white SUV, higher than any of the buttes you see in the image. Those waters were so strong and fast that they created corkscrew vortices called kolks (whirlpools) within the water. Those kolks drilled down into the ground and eroded and carried away boulders and soils to other destinations, leaving scraped and scoured landscape with these large potholes. And they are large. If you were to hike within the landscape of Drumheller Channels (much of which is located within the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge), you’d see dry potholes and water-filled potholes.
I’m writing a series of photo columns about the Channeled Scablands for the National Parks Traveler. Part 1 has already been published. Parts 2 and 3 are going to be published in later months.
The National Parks Traveler has published my latest photo column. This month, it’s all about my day trip to Eastern Washington’s Dry Falls and Channeled Scablands landscape along the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail.
To read the article, click on the image above.
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“Exploring the National Park System by RV is one of the quintessential approaches to visiting national parks, monuments, national recreation areas, and other park system units that combined represent what Wallace Stegner defined as the best idea America ever had.”
The National Parks Traveler has just published an eBook titled “The Essential Guide to RVing In The National Park System.” this eBook “presents RV enthusiasts with a rich collection of articles exploring the park system by RV, camper, or trailer that is supported by a directory packed with RVing specific details on more than 250 campgrounds in more than 70 parks.”
“Through a table of contents that divides the country geographically, you can quickly find the park you want to visit, click on its link, and find both an overview of that park along with a chart of campground information ranging from hookup availability, generator hours, ADA site availability, nightly fees, maximum RV length individual sites can handle, and much more.”
I just purchased and downloaded this eBook and was able to export it to both my Kindle app as well as my iPad’s PDF Editor, so I can carry it along with my iPad where ever I go … of course, now I need an RV, camper, or trailer, but that will come later (I hope).
In the meantime, I urge you to check this eBook out for yourself by clicking on the image above to be taken to the Traveler article where you can make your purchase. For $9.95, it’s a great deal and it also helps the Traveler continue its mission of providing you news and other articles about the national parks and other protected lands.
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The National Parks Traveler has a new apparel store! Designed around the national park photography of Yours Truly, the shirts and hoodies let you align as a traveler in your favorite park. While this initial launch offers images from Yellowstone, Glacier, and Olympic national parks, future editions will let you claim Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Katmai National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park, and other destinations around the National Park System.
You also can forgo a park image and simply declare yourself a parks traveler with the National Parks Traveler logo on the left breast and “National Parks Traveler” running down the left sleeve in the news organization’s colors.
Click on any of the images above to go to the Traveler store, then save the link as a Favorite. The images above are examples of what you can find on the store (different sizes, shirt colors, designs).
Keep an eye on the store for new editions. By purchasing these items, you not only can align with your favorite park, but support the Traveler, as a small percentage of each sale goes right towards operational expenses.
P.S., I’ve already done a little shopping myself, and once I receive the products, I’ll show you how they look. Ever the little shopper, I’m pretty excited the Traveler finally has a store out there.
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The National Parks Traveler has published my latest quiz and trivia piece. There’s plenty to learn about the 423 units within the National Park System. Just how much do you know? Click on the image and test your knowledge.
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If you listened to the National Parks Traveler’s podcast episode 166, you’ll know what a “slough (slew) slog” is. It was a fun podcast to listen to and I learned some new things from it. It’s worth a listen. Anyway, this June 6th will be the Traveler’s monthly webinar, and it’s about slough slogging and park funding in Everglades National Park. The Traveler’s editor Kurt Repanshek will host Yvette Cano, the park’s education director.
If you are interested in registering for this June webinar, click on the image above.
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The National Parks Traveler wants to know what it is you like / want to know about the national parks and what you’d like to see / see more of in the National Parks Traveler. If you are interested in helping out the Traveler, then click on the image above.
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If you have ever visited a national park more than once, then you probably have a few favorite spots in that park that you like to revisit, right? I certainly have favorite spots, and managed to find more than a few in the park units I visited since late 2019. I have written about these spots in my latest photography article for the National Parks Traveler.
To read my article, click on the image above.
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Photography articles are not the only things about which I write for the National Parks Traveler. I also pen quizzes, park checklists, and itineraries, to name a few other pieces I contribute. Last week, you might have read a piece I wrote synopsizing a technical article about how scientists are running simulation scenarios for lahars (volcanic mudflows) that might occur due to an avalanche on Mount Rainier.
Today, the National Parks Traveler has published another article I’ve written: a synopsis of the 2021 annual report produced by the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory (YVO) of scientific research conducted over 2021 in Yellowstone National Park and some conclusions reached. It was a cool annual report to read and fun to condense into an article for the Traveler.
If you are interested in finding out what went on in Yellowstone National Park in 2021, and want to download the full 2021 YVO annual report, click on the image above.
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If you did not have the opportunity to register and tune in to the National Parks Traveler’s May webinar interviewing brothers Jonathan and Destry Jarvis, two elder statesmen who have been involved with national parks conservation / environmentalism / politics for a combined 90 years, then you have the chance now to watch the recorded webinar at your leisure.
Click on the image to go to the webinar link.
Image of a sunrise and sunbeams over Arches National Park, copyright Rebecca L. Latson, all rights reserved.
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