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Where In The National Park System Would You Go?

Lost Mine Trail - 14mm

Ok, so say a loving aunt gave you $100,000 for Christmas, and you have to spend it in the next 365 days. Let’s also suppose you have to use at least some of that money for national park travel. Where would you go?
To read the short article and leave your own comment, click on the image above. I left my comment so you’ll know where I would want to go with that amount of money.
On a side note: this image is a 14mm wide-angle shot of the Lost Mine Trail in Big Bend National Park. It’s a cool hike with some great desert, valley, and mountain scenery.
Copyright Rebecca L. Latson, all rights reserved.

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Sunrise Sunday

A Wide-Angle Sunrise

Sunrise over Padre Island National Seashore in Texas

Here’s to sunrise on the last Sunday of 2019. I wonder what the next decade will bring. Hopefully more national park and national seashore sunrises to photograph.

Speaking of national parks and seashores, the National Parks Traveler Podcast Episode 46 talks about looking back on 2019 in the National Park System.

To listen to the podcast, click on the image above.


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A National Parks 2-For-1

Today’s blog post offers you a national parks 2-for-1.

Hopi Point Panorama

How many Great Pyramids of Giza could fit into the Grand Canyon? That’s just one of the questions in a short national park quiz I wrote for today’s edition of the National Parks Traveler. In that article is also some interesting park trivia which you might not have known.  To take the quiz and read the trivia, click on the image above

Tatoosh Morning

And, after you’ve finished the quiz, stay a little longer and read the end-of-year article I put together of the photo articles I wrote during 2019. Maybe you’ll learn some tips and techniques you’ve not thought of to get cool pics during your next national park visit. To get to this article, click on the Tatoosh Mountains image above.

I can’t believe the year is almost over – where did the time go?

Merry Christmas From The Sisters

From my sister and I (and our Great Dane) to you, we wish you all the Happiest of Holidays!



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Our Threatened And Endangered Parks

Mountain and Road

Here’s something I never thought about until reading the National Park’s Traveler Feature Story, written in conjunction with today’s podcast. Global warming is affecting a lot of things, including the warming of old poop left by past climbers heading toward the summit of Denali Mountain in Denali National Park. Warming is causing that old poop to essentially slide downhill “over time and via glacial melt” right into the downstream watershed. Alaska accounts for more than 40% of the entire nation’s surface water resources. That’s just one of the numerous threats to our national parks. You may pooh-pooh the poop issue, but little things add up to much larger things. Just read the article. Makes me sad and also makes me glad I’m seeing for myself, and getting photos of, the beauty of the national parks while I can.

The link to the Feature Story is below. If you want to listen to the podcast, which lasts a little less than an hour, click on the image above to be taken to the podcast.

Copyright Rebecca L. Latson, all rights reserved.

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Most Photogenic Parks, and Invasive Animal Species in Our Parks

The Road To The Desert

Where will that park road take you? Well, if you are driving through the park road above, which winds through Big Bend National Park in Texas, you’ll be taken to some pretty neat photo ops.

And, speaking of neat photo ops, I’m interviewed in this week’s National Parks Traveler Podcast, Episode #44, about most photogenic parks to visit (some of which might surprise you). The podcast also discusses the invasive animal species in national parks (such as Burmese pythons in Everglades National Park, and wild hogs in Smoky Mountains National Park, and even feral cats at Cape Hatteras National Seashore) and how the National Park System is working on the problem.

If you feel like sitting back for an hour and listening to the podcast (and these podcasts are quite popular, according to our stats), then click on the image above to be taken to the podcast.



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Winter Opens Snowy National Parks To Hardy Adventurers

Evening Blues And Pinks

Winter’s afterglow at Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park

Thanksgiving brought a lot of snow to much of the country. This, in turn, gets one thinking about activities in national parks chilled by winter.

To read more about things to do in particular national parks that see the white stuff, click on the image above.

Copyright Rebecca L. Latson, all rights reserved.



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The Downfall of Local Media

A Starry SKy Over Acadia 2

A starry sky over Acadia National Park in Maine


Ok, bear with me, here. It’s Black Friday going through Cyber Monday and then on to Giving Tuesday, and here’s the part where I’m supposed to write a post advertising my calendars or my stunning images on my website (which is still a work in progress with cleanup and keywording). I’m not going to do that. Instead, I’m using this post to advertise daily news about our national parks (of which I am a part and for which I volunteer my writing and photos).

If you’ve ever read any of my photo articles on the National Parks Traveler (www.nationalparkstraveler.org), maybe you’ve also taken a gander around the rest of that site and listened to one of the podcasts or read about things to do and see in national parks, book reviews, op-eds, and daily news items about national parks all over the U.S. and in some cases, in other parts of the world. Not every mainstream news outlet does that, and definitely not on a daily basis. Usually, CNN, the Washington Post, and the New York Times (to name a few) do that only with BIG news items or sensational stories. They don’t bother with letting you know about where you can make comments on something that might affect a national park near you or one you are planning to visit, and they definitely don’t go into any great detail. Heck, some of those big outlets even used the National Parks Traveler’s reporting to flesh out their stories (think about the Joshua Tree incidents during the last government shutdown).
The Traveler and it’s founder are award winners. Most recently, the Traveler received the Western National Parks Association (WNPA) Steward L. Udall Award for “work … carrying the park message to popular audiences and rallying broad support for the parks.” That’s a big deal and a big honor.
You’re getting that news for free – no subscription fee or paywall. And I’m sure you believe anything you read on the internet should be free, right? But there are hidden costs to providing you with national parks news: website maintenance, travel costs, gear costs, having to hire some journalists and photographers on commission in places that I and the other volunteer staff cannot get to. Really, there is only one full-time staffer for the Traveler, and that’s the founder and editor-in-chief himself.
If you want to continue reading daily news about our national parks and other protected lands, as well as all the other interesting items I mentioned above, then please consider making a donation. The Traveler is a non-profit organization so it’s tax-deductible. Heck, I donated to the Traveler and I write for the Traveler! That should tell you right there how much I believe in an organization for which I volunteer my time, writing, and imagery. And, you can donate any amount, from $5.00 on upwards, and you can make it a monthly donation, if you want. So, if you donate $5.00 per month, you’ve made a $60 donation over the course of a year. And believe me, every bit counts!
Think about it, anyway. I know there are tons of organizations that can use donations. Just include the Traveler in that list. And, thanks for reading this and thanks for any donation you make.

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