Thursday, June 30, 2016

How many national parks have you visited? by Denise Devine


Have you ever been to a national park? Chances are that you have visited one of America’s landmarks. Did you know that on August 25th, the National Park Service will celebrate its centennial anniversary? That’s right, one hundred years! In 1916 president Woodrow Wilson signed the act that created the national park service and placed it under the Department of Interior. At the time, there were only 35 national parks. Now there are over 400. (Photo of Joshua Tree at sunset - NPS Brad Sutton)

Do you know which park was established first? If you guessed Yellowstone National Park, you’re absolutely right. Yellowstone was established in 1872 when Wyoming and Montana were still territories. Have you ever been to Yellowstone? I have, multiple times and it is one of my favorite parks in the entire country (along with the Grand Canyon).

I dug through my pictures and found a few of our trips across the U.S. I have no idea what happened to many of those pictures, but here are a few of my memories…
 
This is a picture of my daughter and her friend in the Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Have you ever been there?

 
This is Misty standing I front of the Grand Canyon. It was a raining day and we watched wall clouds of rain sweep across the canyon.
 


Sorry about this one! It's kind of blurry (my husband took this pic). This is a picture of me years ago standing next to a giant redwood in Redwood National Park.

I’d love to see your pictures! Come on over to the Sweet Romance Reads Café and post your memories of fun times with your friends and families.
 
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Denise Devine is a USA Today bestselling author who wrote her first book, a mystery, at age thirteen and has been writing ever since. (Here she is with Steve at Pueblo National Park.)

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3 comments:

  1. We just returned from visiting Bryce, Zion, and Grand Canyon National Parks. We saw all the centennial gear at the parks.

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  2. I haven't visited a national park in years. Thanks for the reminder.

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  3. I think I'm up to nine. I've never made it to Mt Rushmore. Hope I can get there!

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