Sunday, March 18, 2018

~ National Park Week 2018 ~

“There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred.”  – President Theodore Roosevelt

Photo by Denise Griego looking towards Mineral King.

There are more than 400 parks available to everyone, every day and they are America’s best idea. The fee-free days provide an awesome opportunity to visit that favorite park or perhaps one that you have never been to before.

My favorite National Park is in my backyard here in Three Rivers  – Sequoia National Park. My wife and I were hiking the short trail to the little-known, Hanging Rock when I spotted this awesome motorcycle parked along the highway amidst the Giant Sequoias. The road continues to the more famous Moro Rock and Crescent Meadow. To reach the top of this granite dome, follow a stone stairway over 350 steps that climb 300 feet to the summit for panoramic views. At the top, you can see the mountains of the Great Western Divide. Peaks in the Great Western Divide climb to more than 12,000 feet. Don’t climb Moro Rock if ice or snow is present on the stairs; it is very dangerous. 

Hanging Rock.

Moro Rock.

Great Western Divide.

Moro Rock, view from Hanging Rock.

Our friends from England, Vic and Jane Simpson.

You can read more about Sequoia National Park in my articles – Celebrating100 Years of the National Park Service and Exploring the Backcountry of Sequoia National Park. The Chronicle, In Pursuit of Wildness, features other great National Parks like Pinnacles National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, and El Morro National Monument.  Undoubtedly, there are hundreds more favorites – just pick one.

For one week each April, the National Park Service welcomes you to celebrate America’s treasures upfront close, and free. This year, National Park Week for 2018 will be celebrated from April 21 through April 29! There are some special programs and events to be celebrated at most parks such as:

·       > April 21: National Junior Ranger Day

·       > April 22: Earth Day

·       > April 28: Military and Veterans Recognition Day

·       > April 29: National Park RX Day

Celebrate National Park Week at a park in your backyard. Now, I need to climb those 350 stone stairs to the top of Moro Rock.  I know the view will be amazing.

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