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  • Greg | National Park Foundation
    the end of the day when a small wedge took off from downriver and gradually gained altitude nearing the tree tops as they passed by us soundlessly There was no wind and the water was flat except for the dimples of raindrops It was black and silver flowing thickly like mercury We did jumping jacks and arm circle whenever we pulled up to the bank Fishing was half hearted It was fun to cast and hope but after a while we just sat and looked at the river in the rain joked had some brandy and beer and were pretty happy to be in a boat on a cold and wet day This same group plus another were some of the first people on the river back in April when there were still big chunks of ice floating next to us Dark started to arrive early catching us a little off guard We got on the oars and pressed down the river As the skies grew dim the cranes started coming over They flew northeast from Minnesota s farm fields to Crex Meadows where I hear there are thirty thousand right now gathering to head south One of my crew tried counting the birds pointing out groups of fifty and seventy five They too flew mostly silent all of us quiet in the cold rain Finally we bumped into the gravel at the landing the last light nearly gone The boat was secured and we hopped in the car The drive home was through snow streaking in front of the headlights Winter had come to the St Croix and we had seen its arrival Note Enjoying and surviving the river in such conditions brings extra risks Please stick to the warm months if you re not an experienced boater We

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  • Mike | National Park Foundation
    Ways To Give Travel With NPF Volunteer Shop Centennial Campaign Centennial Licensing Mike Big Bend is the best national park in the USA With the Chisos basin and mountains and the desetr floor the most diverse park Associated Park Big Bend National Park Support Your Parks Help protect and preserve your more than 400 national parks Give 100 Give 50 Get the Free Owner s Guide Sign up for the latest park news and travel tips and get a free copy of the National Park Owner s Guide Sign Up Now Gear for Park Lovers NPF Est 1967 Washed Long Sleeve T Shirt 28 99 Buy Now See More Products National Park News 25 New Projects Getting More Kids Adults 140 000 4th Graders To Visit Public Lands Than President Obama And First Family To Light Natio Read More NPF Partners See All Partners Explore Explore Parks Find A Park National Park Week Find Your Park Expedition About Our Mission Our Partners Become a Partner Annual Report Board of Directors Contact Our Work All Programs Protect Connect Inspire Local Park Support Grant Applications Centennial Open Outdoors For Kids News Trail Talk Blog Travel Ideas GoParks Newsletter Press Releases Press Room

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  • marie | National Park Foundation
    ISLAND OFF THE COAST OF MAINE TRULY IS My father James Meehan is a WW II veteran and President Roosevelt meant so much to him both as an orphaned child and a combat veteran in the European theatre We had the opportunity to visit just after the Ken Burn s documentary on Public Broadcasting It ws a beautiful fall day and it was their closing week in fact it may have been there last day of the season as the gift shop was being boxed up The very kind attendant went through boxes to find just the right gifts so very nice The staff went out of there way to accommodate my aged father in holding doors finding easy seats just every little detail of graciousness The mea we enjoyed at the Fireside Inn and restaurant was superb and again the staff truly spoke DownEast Hospitality The joy it gave my father will be long lasting Thank you so very much for a delightful memory Associated Park Roosevelt Campobello International Park Support Your Parks Help protect and preserve your more than 400 national parks Give 100 Give 50 Get the Free Owner s Guide Sign up for the latest park news and travel tips and get a free copy of the National Park Owner s Guide Sign Up Now Gear for Park Lovers NPF Est 1967 Washed Long Sleeve T Shirt 28 99 Buy Now See More Products National Park News 25 New Projects Getting More Kids Adults 140 000 4th Graders To Visit Public Lands Than President Obama And First Family To Light Natio Read More NPF Partners See All Partners Explore Explore Parks Find A Park National Park Week Find Your Park Expedition About Our Mission Our Partners Become a Partner Annual Report Board of Directors Contact Our

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  • John | National Park Foundation
    special places that have brought us so much pleasure over the years My parents introduced me to our National Parks when I was a child and I have enjoyed these special places for 70 years While our children were at home we spent many summer nights tent camping and explored many NPS trails When my wife and I retired we went on a eight month long tent camping trip and we visited over 100 NPS sites We have traveled to many countries but we still find our National Parks to be some of the most tranquil places on earth At age eight my parents took me to Yellowstone NP and I remember the old ranger and the silly little song we sang as we sat around the campfire Many years later when I became a seasonal park ranger I used this same silly little song with different words as I conducted my own campfire talks and star parties Some of my most pleasant memories are of the 15 summers I spent working as a seasonal ranger I am so thankful that those who came before me had the wisdom and courage to set aside these special areas of great beauty and significance for everyone to enjoy and not just for the enjoyment of the socially and economically elite Let s continue to work together to improve the way we think and act and help preserve this wonderful heritage our National Park System John Associated Park Mesa Verde National Park Support Your Parks Help protect and preserve your more than 400 national parks Give 100 Give 50 Get the Free Owner s Guide Sign up for the latest park news and travel tips and get a free copy of the National Park Owner s Guide Sign Up Now Gear for Park

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  • Aaron | National Park Foundation
    To Give Travel With NPF Volunteer Shop Centennial Campaign Centennial Licensing Aaron While taking advantage of the beautiful weather during our morning hike we stopped for a short break aside this fallen giant in Sequoia National Park Associated Park Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park Support Your Parks Help protect and preserve your more than 400 national parks Give 100 Give 50 Get the Free Owner s Guide Sign up for the latest park news and travel tips and get a free copy of the National Park Owner s Guide Sign Up Now Gear for Park Lovers NPF Est 1967 Washed Long Sleeve T Shirt 28 99 Buy Now See More Products National Park News 25 New Projects Getting More Kids Adults 140 000 4th Graders To Visit Public Lands Than President Obama And First Family To Light Natio Read More NPF Partners See All Partners Explore Explore Parks Find A Park National Park Week Find Your Park Expedition About Our Mission Our Partners Become a Partner Annual Report Board of Directors Contact Our Work All Programs Protect Connect Inspire Local Park Support Grant Applications Centennial Open Outdoors For Kids News Trail Talk Blog Travel Ideas GoParks Newsletter Press Releases Press

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  • sankaran | National Park Foundation
    Join Join NPF NPF Kids Share The Experience Photo Contest Support Ways To Give Travel With NPF Volunteer Shop Centennial Campaign Centennial Licensing sankaran academic researcher Associated Park Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Support Your Parks Help protect and preserve your more than 400 national parks Give 100 Give 50 Get the Free Owner s Guide Sign up for the latest park news and travel tips and get a free copy of the National Park Owner s Guide Sign Up Now Gear for Park Lovers NPF Est 1967 Washed Long Sleeve T Shirt 28 99 Buy Now See More Products National Park News 25 New Projects Getting More Kids Adults 140 000 4th Graders To Visit Public Lands Than President Obama And First Family To Light Natio Read More NPF Partners See All Partners Explore Explore Parks Find A Park National Park Week Find Your Park Expedition About Our Mission Our Partners Become a Partner Annual Report Board of Directors Contact Our Work All Programs Protect Connect Inspire Local Park Support Grant Applications Centennial Open Outdoors For Kids News Trail Talk Blog Travel Ideas GoParks Newsletter Press Releases Press Room Join Join NPF NPF Kids Share The Experience Photo Contest

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  • Wes | National Park Foundation
    Licensing Wes Had a wonderful time in Joshua Tree this week Our group had no idea it was Founder s Day until the kind Ranger gave us a free fee pass Loved our stargazing from Cottonwood and we highly recommend the park to any interested in beautiful desert landscape Associated Park Joshua Tree National Park Support Your Parks Help protect and preserve your more than 400 national parks Give 100 Give 50 Get the Free Owner s Guide Sign up for the latest park news and travel tips and get a free copy of the National Park Owner s Guide Sign Up Now Gear for Park Lovers NPF Est 1967 Washed Long Sleeve T Shirt 28 99 Buy Now See More Products National Park News 25 New Projects Getting More Kids Adults 140 000 4th Graders To Visit Public Lands Than President Obama And First Family To Light Natio Read More NPF Partners See All Partners Explore Explore Parks Find A Park National Park Week Find Your Park Expedition About Our Mission Our Partners Become a Partner Annual Report Board of Directors Contact Our Work All Programs Protect Connect Inspire Local Park Support Grant Applications Centennial Open Outdoors For Kids

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  • melissa | National Park Foundation
    Contest Support Ways To Give Travel With NPF Volunteer Shop Centennial Campaign Centennial Licensing melissa went to Big Bend National Park this weekend beautiful place to visit the mountians where awesome the desert was hot Associated Park Big Bend National Park Support Your Parks Help protect and preserve your more than 400 national parks Give 100 Give 50 Get the Free Owner s Guide Sign up for the latest park news and travel tips and get a free copy of the National Park Owner s Guide Sign Up Now Gear for Park Lovers NPF Est 1967 Washed Long Sleeve T Shirt 28 99 Buy Now See More Products National Park News 25 New Projects Getting More Kids Adults 140 000 4th Graders To Visit Public Lands Than President Obama And First Family To Light Natio Read More NPF Partners See All Partners Explore Explore Parks Find A Park National Park Week Find Your Park Expedition About Our Mission Our Partners Become a Partner Annual Report Board of Directors Contact Our Work All Programs Protect Connect Inspire Local Park Support Grant Applications Centennial Open Outdoors For Kids News Trail Talk Blog Travel Ideas GoParks Newsletter Press Releases Press Room Join Join

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