american national parks

Betty Reid Soskin

Betty Reid Soskin, 93, is thought to be the nation’s oldest active park ranger, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior, having worked at Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, Calif., since 2003. Soskin recently told the Today Show how she sees her job as being about much more than preservation; as the great-granddaughter of a slave, she says she’s an advocate.

“I still love this uniform,” she said. “Partly because there’s a silent message to every little girl of color that I pass on the street or in an elevator or on an escalator … that there’s a career choice she may have never thought of.”

(Story via HuffPo)

forestgreenmountains asked:

Hey! Love your blog. Which National Parks have you been to?

Your blog is nice as well :) 

Parks I’ve visited (in no particular order): 

  • Yellowstone
  • Yosemite
  • Sequoia
  • Death Valley
  • Arches
  • Zion
  • Grand Canyon
  • Badlands
  • Big Bend
  • Canyonlands (I think? That or Bryce)
  • Everglades
  • Grand Teton (also not entirely sure of this)
  • Joshua Tree
  • Kings Canyon 
  • Olympic
  • Redwood

I may have been to a few more/the reason I’m unsure of a few is because I’ve been traveling with my parents since I was an infant. They took me backpacking when I was a baby, and we’ve driven through many National Parks on our annual road trips out West, so some of them I’m more familiar with than others. Out of all of those I’ve visited, I’m most familiar with Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Redwoods, Sequoia, Olympic, and the desert parks. I’ve been to Yosemite countless times. As for other natural national treasures, I highly recommend Point Reyes National Seashore- I go there every year with my family for a month; it is hands-down my favorite vacation spot (mountains to hike, beaches, and so much more!). This last summer was my first visit to Zion (LOVE IT) and my second visit to Arches. I really do love the southwestern National Parks, but try not to visit them in the summers, as an easy 1-mile hike in the heat can turn out to be extremely unbearable and nearly impossible. I would really like to visit Denali and Glacier soon, and Banff in Canada. I’m pretty sure the only reason we haven’t gone to Glacier as a family is because my dad had a scary run-in with a Grizzly. We mostly stick with the California parks though because we’re particularly fond of the Sierras. 

Hope you get to visit these parks as well! They’re beautiful and unique, and well worth the entrance fee. Experiencing the National Parks as a child (and hopefully for the rest of my life!) will remain some of my most cherished memories. 

Free fallin’. Those are my feet dangling up above at the Horseshoe Bend. I’d be lying…

Free fallin’. Those are my feet dangling up above at the Horseshoe Bend. I’d be lying if I told you I was holding on for dear life. 

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NPS Photo: Wonderland Trail sign near Klapatche Park, August 19, 2014. ~kl