Thursday, August 25, 2016

Happy Birthday, National Park Service!

Feliz cumpleaños, National Park Service!

A hundred years ago, the NPS officially came into being. As Ken Burns would say, the National Parks was "America's best idea". It's a real treasure, to have all these fantastic places preserved and protected. We have a vast, varied, and beautiful natural and historical heritage, and we all have an interest in keeping that for future generations to enjoy.

One of the NPS's slogans is "Find Your Park". And I've found my park--two of them. I've been to more than a few national parks. There are a lot of them here in the DC region. The National Mall, for instance, is one, and the NPS runs Ford's Theater and Arlington House, too. You can't throw a stone without hitting a national park. I've been to other national parks, as well, like Olympia and Yellowstone. But if I had to choose which is my park, I'd have to go with . . . Gettysburg NMP and Shenandoah.

Why? Well, because this:

Shenandoah.
Shenandoah.
Shenandoah.
Shenandoah.
Shenandoah.
Shenandoah.
Gettysburg
Gettysburg.
Gettysburg
Gettysburg
Gettysburg
Gettysburg.
Gettysburg.
Shenandoah.
 And of course, there are many other parks as well:

Appomattox. 

Ford's Theater for the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's assassination.
The National Mall.
The National Mall from Arlington House.
The Wilderness Battlefield.
Washington Monument on the 4th of July.
Fort McHenry
Antietam.
Antietam.
Antietam.
Antietam.
The Old Stone House in DC.
The Old Stone House in DC.
Bull Run/Manassas.
Bull Run/Manassas.
Burnside's Bridge at Antietam.

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