Tag Archives: National Park

More than a Crater Lake

Crater Lake National Park

There’s a noticeable absence of beach houses ringing its shores. In fact, the only legal access to the lake is by climbing 700 feet down to Cleetwood Cove. In a way, that isolation is precisely why people go out of their way to get here. But if you want to see this cliff-ringed sapphire jewel of a lake, go out of your way you must.

Even by National Park standards, Crater Lake feels remote. There are only 111 rooms available in the entire park. That compares, for example, with the nine hotels located inside Yellowstone, including one 300-room giant so close to Old Faithful that it nearly casts a shadow on the geyser. The nearest large hotels serving Crater Lake, meanwhile, are forty miles away in Klamath Falls.

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Thermal Vent, Yellowstone National Park

Thermal Vent, Yellowstone National Park

Release the Hostages!

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Update: And on the 16th day, it ended. See our final comments about this fiasco here.

Our National Parks have been kidnapped! The perpetrators say that we need to surrender our health insurance and financial security to win their release. We’re told that unless we pay their ransom our parks, along with the rest of our government, will remain closed.

For our part, we’re holding vigil near the gates of Sequoia National Park hoping Congress will release it unharmed. We’ll update this post’s banner photo with a new National Park image each day the hostage crisis continues in an attempt to send the following message to Congress:

Cut the shit and release the hostages. 


Big Trees and Spooky Woods

Humboldt Redwood State Park, California

There’s something humbling about being in the presence of creatures old enough to remember the Dark Ages, especially when they grow taller than the Statue of Liberty and thicker than a city bus.

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Is This the Best National Park in the U.S.

Bryce Canyon National Park, Landscape, Hoodoos, Sunrise

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

There’s a certain “love the one you’re with” aspect to judging things. Whether books, or movies, or music, or – in this case – national parks, we often give preference to our most recent experience. Still bathed in the glow of something amazing it is difficult to rank older experiences objectively. Was that incredible place we just left really that much better than the incredible place we visited earlier in the year? We can’t sample them back to back in a blind taste test. Which is probably why our annual “Best Of” travel articles are always so hard to put together. It’s also why this particular post is expressed in the form of a question.

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