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Old 04-27-2016, 07:56 PM   #1
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National Parks on PBS

Been watching a great series on the National Parks by Ken Burns on PBS this week. It incredible how much resistance there was to creating the National Parks, by the greedy wealthy and the Congress. Ken Burns does a great job of showing the history of our park system and the struggle it was to get these areas saved forever.
Every one of us campers that enjoy the wildness and beauty of the park system, have John Muir to thank for his dedication in preserving these beautiful lands for all of us to enjoy.
We bought our Oliver with the intention of visiting as many of the parks and forest lands as we could before we got too old, and so far we've been to The Grand Canyon, Glacier, Rocky Mountain, and The Everglades. All different, all beautiful.
As a ex TWA employee, we traveled in Europe, Africa, and lived in the Middle East, but now it's time to see this great land of ours, we call America.

Time to plan our next trip.


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Been watching it. Like all Ken Burns projects it is excellent.

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Excellent series, makes us want to go go go.

Beautiful imagery.

Long live the National Parks so all of our chidrens children .... can see the natural wonders of this world.

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It definitely is a great series. I am thoroughly enjoying it! I was thinking of seeing if I could purchase a copy of it. I forgot to start recording it the first night. There are some beautiful pictures of the history of the parks and it's a great narrative.
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As a past National Park Service employee, it is a great series and reminds us all of the great resource available to us.

When you are there, take advantage of the programs provided and take time to explore. We used to joke watching the visitors at the pull outs at a vista of some specific attraction and how long they would stay. Usually just minutes and off they went to the next one.

It takes time to absorb it and appreciate all that is there. I have been to many and worked at Mount Rainier, Olympic, and North Cascades NPs. If you have the opportunity, take the time to introduce yourself to a ranger or other staff person and ask them what drew them to the NPS and what they like. You'll hear some amazing stories as many "seasonal" rangers go from one park to another depending on the peak seasons.
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I've got the blueray dvd set but I still watched it on PBS the last two nights. This is my third time watching all the episodes. It is truly one of the best projects that Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns have done.

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Watching it right now. America owes Ken Burns its gratitude for so many great projects


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We always try to take in some of the ranger programs and while we were at Glacier last summer and at Everglades last winter, we met 2 different Rangers that spent the summer in Glacier and The Everglades in the winter. Wow, how can it get any better then that? What a great opportunity, too bad I'm too dang old at this point, but not too old, yet, to still visit a bunch more of them.

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For those of us that missed the episodes it's online here.
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If any of you have a 4th grader in tow this year, all national parks are FREE.
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Stan, I've had some great times flying with old TWAers. Solid guys.
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Originally Posted by SpiceStream View Post
If any of you have a 4th grader in tow this year, all national parks are FREE.
Its probably cheaper to buy a park pass than cart a 4th grader around on vacation, and quieter too.
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What would you do if you caught someone doing this?

It's hard for me to imagine what would possess someone to deface a national park.
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As a former NPS ranger I am a huge fan of the National Parks.

But when they decided to become political and closed the parks they lost me as a fan. The closing of the oyster farm in Point Reyes is another example of their current political correctness, based upon poor science.

I like the parks, but their management needs to refocus....

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