April is the best. But she’s 20. When April was born, I was already in 3rd grade. So if we were friends back then, I’d have been hanging out with a baby. I don’t know anything about infant care. My God, I could’ve killed her.
“It’s a reminder that despite the fact that the country seems to be very nearly coming apart at the seams, there is still much to recommend it — namely, its spectacular beauty. When it comes to protected public lands, there are none better than America’s.
Ours is a boastful nation, prone to ridiculous exaggeration of our own innovativeness. Too often, it’s empty wind. In a great many areas — like our disastrously inefficient medical system, or our pathetic passenger rail — we’re still far behind where Europe was 50-80 years ago. Heck, we can’t even match Romania at internet speed — and that was developed here a mere generation back!
But national parks are unquestionably an American development. Pushed by American writers and activists, we established the first one in 1872: Yellowstone National Park. This served as a model around the world, from Australia to South Africa to Costa Rica. As Wallace Stegner once wrote, national parks might fairly be called ‘the best idea we ever had.’”
“I’m deputy director now, but I’m hoping someday to be the first female director of the department.” “I don’t think that’s a good idea. Women need a lot of blood to flow through to their baby centers, which leaves less to the brain, you see?”
“They don’t feel a sense of connection,” says Nina Roberts, professor at San Francisco State University. “They just don’t feel that relationship.”
The National Park Service does preserve places that are historically and culturally significant to many peoples. Think of the birthplace of the farmworker movement in California, Aztec ruins in New Mexico, and an African burial ground in Manhattan.
But across the system, most park employees are Caucasian. The uniforms make rangers look like immigration officials. And, Roberts says, many African-Americans, particularly elders, fear the outdoors and carry the scars of slavery and lynchings.
And there are subtle ways the park has discriminated.
“At a local park here in Washington D.C., for a time, the only signs in Spanish were ‘No drinking allowed in the park,'” says Alan Spears, director of cultural resources with the National Parks Conservation Association.
visiting the caverns, keep your eyes out for the common collared lizard! It is a beautifully colored North American
lizard that can reach 8–14 inches (20–36 cm) in length (including the
tail), with a large head and powerful jaws. They are well known for the
ability to run on their hind legs, looking like small dinosaurs. They
love warm weather and often bask in the desert sun!