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The Shameful Misuse of our National Parks


The government shutdown offered a unique opportunity for Americans to enjoy our National Parks for free. To camp and wander unrestricted and prove ourselves worthy of this gift. And we showed ourselves dreadfully unfit by the shameful misuse of our National Parks. Shame on us! Unfortunately, vandalism, trash, human waste, and off trail destruction has been our return. Apparently, we…

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El Malpais, New Mexico


One of our favorite stops in New Mexico is El Malpais National Monument. Conveniently situated off of Interstate 40, El Mal is surrounded by tribal lands and the Cibola National Forest. It’s a great place to pause in the drive between Flagstaff and Albuquerque. The National Park Service has a free guide to the history and culture of the El…

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Mt. St. Helens National Monument, Washington


Mount Saint Helens National Monument is an easy day trip from either Portland, Oregon or Seattle, Washington. From Portland we headed up the freeway through thick forests and past numerous rivers, streams, and lakes. Once on the road heading up the mountain, you can see the numerous areas that had to be evacuated in the days leading up to the…

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Mass In Yellowstone NP, Wyoming


From the windows of the rec room, there is a panoramic view of the mists still rising off of Yellowstone Lake. (Okay, not in this picture.) Mass is about to begin and the young celebrant is scurrying around, arranging the altar, consulting with the pianist and greeting tourists – some in their Sunday best, some in hiking apparel. It is…

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