The National Park System of the USA!

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The National Park System of the USA!

PassionateLover2 PassionateLover2
I am a big fan of our country’s national parks. There are over 390 sites nationwide. Some sites commemorate an influential person, event, or place. Other sites preserve American’s wildlife and diverse beauty. Each site reminds us of the things we cherish – our history and environment.

Yellowstone National Park was the world’s first national park and was created more than 125 years ago. Today, we reflect on its significance and its effect on America’s conservation ideals. The national parks exist for our enjoyment and the enjoyment for future generations.

My question is, how many national parks, preserves, or battlefield sites have you visited? Please share some of the places that impressed you and/or family.









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deltalima deltalima
Quote:
Originally posted by PassionateLover2
I am a big fan of our country’s national parks. There are over 390 sites nationwide. Some sites commemorate an influential person, event, or place. Other sites preserve American’s wildlife and diverse beauty. Each site reminds us of the things we ...
I love them too but I've only been to a few.
07/07/2012
mlmac mlmac
I'm also a big fan of our national parks. Iv'e only been to 6 different parks, but I still have plans to visit many more in the future. Here is my list. Zion, Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Smokey Mountains, Yosemite, and Haleakala. Can't really say that I have a favorite out of that list only because I thought they were all beautiful in their own way.
07/07/2012
Taylor Taylor
I think I've been to 4

Yellowstone and Teton parks, both in Wyoming, are the ones I've been to the most because we lived out in that area when I was a kid. So I have the most memories there and they are my two favorites.

I've been to Glacier in Montana, and Rocky Mountain park in Colorado.

I'd love to see more though!
07/07/2012
gsfanatic gsfanatic
At least 4, but I've lost track over the years
07/07/2012
Gracie Gracie
I have never been to Yellowstone and I really want to go! I also would like to see the Grand Canyon again!
07/07/2012
PassionateLover2 PassionateLover2
So here is my list of sites that I have visited over the years. I have a book called Passport to your National Parks and whenever I visit a national park I get my Passport canceled with a ink stamp to record the name and date of my visit. Cancellations are free and are usually available at park visitor centers. Also included in my Passport are 'Passpost Picture Stamps' that I affix to mark a brief historical story.

Grand Teton Natl. Park (Sept. 2012) (WY)
Yellowstone Natl. Park (Sept. 2012) (WY)
Craters of the Moon Natl. Monument (Sept. 2012) (ID)
Hagerman Fossil Beds NM (Sept. 2012) (ID)
Mount Olympus National Park (WA)
Mt. Rainier NP (WA)
North Cascades NP (WA)
Pacific Crest Trail (WA & OR)
Ebey’s Landing NH Reserve (WA)
Fort Clatsop Natl. Memorial (Astoria, OR)
Lewis & Clark NHP (Astoria, OR)
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (WA)
Mt. St. Helens NVM (WA)
Nez Perce Natl. Hist. Park (Spalding, ID & Lolo Pass, MT)
Ross Lake NRA (WA)
Lake Chelan NRA (WA)
Klondike Gold Rush NHP (Seattle, WA)
Dayton Aviation Heritage NHP (Wright Brothers Birthplace) (OH)
Great Smoky Mountains (Gatlinburg, TN)
Rocky Mountain NP (Estes & Grand Lake, CO)
Golden Gate Natl. Rec. Area (CA)
John Muir NHS (CA)
Mt. Rushmore Natl. Memorial (SD)
Mammoth Cave NP (KY)
Castillo de San Marcos NM (FL)
Cape Canaveral National Seashore (FL)
Biscayne National Park (Boca Chita Key Tower, FL)
National Mall (DC)
07/07/2012
allinonekid allinonekid
I can't remember how many I've been through over the years but I used to live in the smokies and loved it
07/07/2012
sunkissedJess sunkissedJess
I've only been to two national parks and one is in my hometown. I'd really love to visit more.



07/07/2012
freshbananas freshbananas
Quote:
Originally posted by PassionateLover2
I am a big fan of our country’s national parks. There are over 390 sites nationwide. Some sites commemorate an influential person, event, or place. Other sites preserve American’s wildlife and diverse beauty. Each site reminds us of the things we ...
I want you to know how jealous I am of you!
07/07/2012
sunkissedJess sunkissedJess
Quote:
Originally posted by PassionateLover2
So here is my list of sites that I have visited over the years. I have a book called Passport to your National Parks and whenever I visit a national park I get my Passport canceled with a ink stamp to record the name and date of my visit. ...
I really want one of those passport books. I love stuff like that. It makes things fun!
07/07/2012
pirkit pirkit
I've been to a couple. They are fun!
07/07/2012
ghent529 ghent529
I grew up in SC. and Andrew Jackson State Park is right down the road. we used to go there all the time. I've been to a bunch but that is by far my favorite
07/07/2012
PassionateLover2 PassionateLover2
Quote:
Originally posted by freshbananas
I want you to know how jealous I am of you!
You should share with us those great parks you have visited!
07/07/2012
TheGreat TheGreat
Beautiful pictures! I have been to a few national parks on school field trips.
07/07/2012
G&L G&L
Some battlefields and parks.
07/07/2012
PassionateLover2 PassionateLover2
I just came back from a trip to visit Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, Washington along the northern banks of the Columbia River across from Portland, Oregon. This national park is the site of the British Hudson’s Bay Company established in 1825 as an extensive fur trading center and principal supply depot network serving the Pacific Northwest. The site was a small village of workers and their families to support the operations of blacksmiths, carpenters, trappers, and other laborers during its 35 year history.

It looks like a military fort with its tall 15 foot stockade posts of Douglas fir and pine only for security purposes and to prevent theft. No shots were fired in anger; no events of great drama occurred; no battles were fought; no armed or diplomatic confrontations between the British or America; and no international treaties were signed. Even though nothing remained of the original complex, it was reconstructed to its 1840’s era and now retains its timeless quality. It is a visual record of a plan and a dream that had an immeasurable impact on the course of American history.

There has always been some confusion over Fort Vancouver and the nearby U.S. Army post. Fort Vancouver was built by the Hudson’s Bay Company, but when the United States took possession of the land now called Washington, Oregon, and Idaho in 1849, Fort Vancouver slowly decayed from lack of use. Settlers scavenged it for building materials and firewood, and it eventually disappeared entirely. However, the Americans concurred with the British opinion that the area was strategic and built an Army. It was first called Columbia Barracks, then Vancouver Barracks but through this confusion the entire complex was eventually called Fort Vancouver.

People and events that are linked to this important site are Dr. John McLoughlin (“Father of the Pacific Northwest”), The Oregon Trail, Rev. Herbert Beaver, Iroquois Indians, Chinook Indians, Oregon City, French-Canadians trappers, Hawaiian laborers, Oregon Territory, David Lavender, Sir George Simpson, John Jacob Astor, Peter Skene Ogen, Convention of Joint Occupancy, Treaty of June 1846, U.S.S. Massachusetts, General George C. Marshall, and Presidents John Tyler and James K. Polk. For more information visit: link





07/17/2012
PassionateLover2 PassionateLover2
I also revisited the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park and home of Fort Clatsop. Fort Clatsop is the oldest American historic site west of the Rocky Mountains. What other site in America can claim to have been built, abandoned, then lost and forgotten only to be rediscovered and reconstructed, then tragically destroyed and constructed once again? The expedition was President Thomas Jefferson’s idea of sending 31 explorers to the vast unknown territory west of the Mississippi River.

Fort Clatsop’s story begins at the end of an extraordinary 4,000-mile journey in November of 1805 when Lewis and Clark reached the Pacific Ocean. During the winter of 1805-06, Captain’s Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery constructed an encampment on the banks of Netul River taking about 15 days to complete in the rain. Lewis and Clark constantly kept their party in the field hunting, gathering food, and making salt which was essential to the explorers to preserve meat for its return journey to be undertaken in the spring. The fort was named in honor of the land of the Clatsop Indians which helped the survival of the Corps for a total of 106 days (they counted 94 days of precipitation, including 17 days of snowfall, and only 6 days of sunshine).

You can visit a reconstructed replica of the Fort Clatsop and walk where first Chinook Indians and Clatsop Indians and then Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery walked. After two hundred years, what became of the little log fort immediately after Lewis and Clark’s departure is rather unclear, except for artifacts to identify the site. In less than six years, curious newcomers to the area were searching for this historic site. The John Astor Party arrived in 1811 and Gabriel Francher wrote in his journal, “I saw the ruins of the quarters erected by Captains Lewis and Clark in 1805-06: they were but piles of rough, unhewn logs, overgrown with parasite creepers.” In May 1812, Ross Cox of the Astor Party also wrote, “We also visited Fort Clatsop, the place where Captains Lewis and Clark spent the winter of 1805-06; . . . The logs of the house were still standing and marked by the names of several of the party.” In 1813, the day official transfer of the Columbia Territory transferred into British hands, several British citizens searched for the campsite. Alexander Henry wrote in his journal, “We walked up to see the old American winter quarters of Captains Lewis and Clark in 1805-06, which are in total ruins, the wood having been cut down and destroyed by the Indians; but the remains are still visible. In the fort are already grown up shoots of willows 25 feet high. The place is deeply shaded with spruce, pine, sapin, etc.; the woods seemed gloomy and dark, the beams of the sun being prevented from reaching the ground through so thick a foliage.”

Other nearby sites includes Cape Disappointment, Dismal Nitach (site where Captain Clark wrote, “Ocean in view! O! the joy” on November 7, 1805), Station Camp, Netul Landing, Salt Works (located in the city of Seaside, Ore. in the midst of a residential section of town but is still administrated by the Park Service), Fort to Sea Trail, Fort Stevens, and Ecola State Park (where in 1806 Captain Clark, Sacagawea, and 12 men crossed Tillamook Head to see a beached whale determined to find it for a much needed source of oil). For more information visit, link






The quarters of Capt. Lewis and Clark as well as a private room next door for Sacagawea, her child and husband.




Fort Clatsop
07/17/2012
jjesssica jjesssica
wow, I am so jealous!! U must have the time of your life! Those places are so beautiful, btw good quality on your camera lol and good job on taking the pictures! They're beautiful Thanks for sharing!
07/18/2012
Boyqueen Boyqueen
I haven't seen any myself, but I truly hope to be able to someday.
07/18/2012
bedorerc bedorerc
The most beatiful was either Red Rock Crossing in Sedona, AZ. Or the Grand Canyon.
08/08/2012
sweetiejo sweetiejo
I live in Wyoming so Yellowstone is a favorite, but I like the Acadian national park in Lousiana and then the Chalmette battlefield, I grew up playing at these two so memories are there. I think people forget some of the smaller national parks and it makes me sad.
08/08/2012
Allstars316 Allstars316
At least 4-6 so far. There is so many to see overall. I do want to see Mt. Rushmore.
08/08/2012
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
I have not been to any so far. But would like to one day.
08/08/2012
Ganconagh Ganconagh
Mostly Civil War battlefields.
08/08/2012
amazon amazon
I love visiting Arches!
08/08/2012
PassionateLover2 PassionateLover2
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Originally posted by sweetiejo
I live in Wyoming so Yellowstone is a favorite, but I like the Acadian national park in Lousiana and then the Chalmette battlefield, I grew up playing at these two so memories are there. I think people forget some of the smaller national parks and it ...
You are absolutely correct; some of the best Parks are the small ones or even the small Monuments which haven't been given the National Park status! I do believe more people need to visit these sites instead of going to Europe or Asia! Our country has so much to offer; we need to be proud of the vision that prior Presidents who set asside such wonderful jewels in our country. Thanks!
08/10/2012
Rey Rey
None, but i plan to get to the US some day!
08/10/2012
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