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What’s With All These National Park System Units, Anyway?

Ever wondered what the difference is between a national park, a national monument, a national recreation area, etc?

The other day, during a Zoom meeting, a member asked if a national park was a single unit. Another member wondered if people understood the difference between different units within the National Park System. Heck, I write about national park units I’ve visited and sometimes I need a little primer. So, I wrote an article for the National Parks Traveler about the differences between units found within the National Park System.

To read the article, click on the image above.

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Photography In The National Parks: My Favorite Parks For Photography – Part 1

Painted Hills Unit Landscape Color, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument (Oregon)

In my lifetime, I’ve visited over 30 units of the National Park System. This includes national parks, national monuments, and national historic sites. This also includes a national historic trail, a national natural landmark, and a national geologic trail. Some of these places were visited B.D.C. (Before Digital Camera), which means I have no images of them (like Mammoth Cave, which I did photograph with a film camera but no longer have the prints or the film strips, unfortunately).

Most photographers will tell you they have no specific favorite park for anything. Well, while I love every single one of these units I’ve visited, I do have favorites for specific photography categories. You probably do too, although you may not have thought about it much. For instance, what are your favorite parks for photographing color? No, not autumn color, but landscape color. What is/are your favorite park(s) for photographing a sunrise or a sunset? What is/are your favorite park(s) for photographing mountains?

Today’s edition of the National Parks Traveler has published my latest Photography in the National Parks column. In this Part 1, I list my favorite parks (of the ones visited and photographed) for specific categories (sunrise/sunset, landscape color, mountainous landscape, wildlife, etc.). I don’t include the recent visits to sights along national historic or geologic trails, or the national natural landmark. So, there’s the caveat to my favorites. Future national park unit visits may change the order of my favorites. We’ll see.

For now, check out the article by clicking on the image above.

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National Parks Quiz And Trivia #51

Wow, Beck, what a – um – er – lovely photo you have there (???)

Yes, all you smarty pants out there – it’s not my usual stunning landscape image. Instead, it’s a grab shot I captured of Liberty Cap travertine cone at Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park during my first visit ever to this park in 2018. But, I’ll bet you don’t know how Liberty Cap got its name, do you?

That’s one of the quiz questions in National Parks Quiz and Trivia #51 published in today’s edition of the National Parks Traveler.

To take the quiz (and find out how Liberty Cap got its name) and read the trivia (and maybe learn something new about the National Park System), just click on the image above.

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The Essential RVing Guide To The National Parks

“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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Help Out The National Parks Traveler And Check Out The Traveler’s New Apparel Store

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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National Parks Quiz And Trivia #49

Click on the image to go to the Traveler’s Quiz and Trivia #49

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.

Copyright Rebecca L. Latson, all rights reserved.

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Take The National Parks Traveler’s Reader Survey

Help The Traveler Provide More Of What You Want For Your National Parks News – Click This Image And Take The Reader Survey

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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Photography In The National Parks: More Favorite Spots For Photography

Sunrise Viewed From The Sinnott Memorial Overlook At Crater Lake National Park (Oregon)

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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National Parks Traveler’s May Webinar Is Now Recorded For Your Viewing Leisure

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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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National Parks Traveler’s May Webinar: An Independent National Park Service

If you didn’t have the opportunity to sign up for the National Parks Traveler’s first-ever monthly webinar back in April, you now have the chance to sign up for the May webinar. This one features Jonathan and Destry Jarvis, brothers who have been fighting for the national parks for 50 years. You may remember Jonathan Jarvis as the 18th National Park Service Director during the Obama administration. They discuss why they are advocating for a National Park Service “freed from the Department of the Interior” and set up as an independent government agency similar to the Smithsonian. They also discuss the upcoming release of their new book.

To register for this webinar, click on the image above to be taken to the Traveler article with the registration link.

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