The National Park Service Turns 100 Today!

Celebrating 100 Years of the National Park Service

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Sunset from Cape Royal on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Way back in the summer of 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed an act that created the National Park Service – a federal bureau designed to protect the 35 existing national parks and monuments (the first national park, Yellowstone, was founded by congress in 1872, with the remaining added in the next 40 years).  Fast forward 100 years, and America’s parks system encompasses 413 areas (with Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument being added just yesterday!).  Of these, there are  59 national parks, 84 national monuments, and 78 national historic sites.  In total, the Parks Service oversees over 84 million acres, with land in every state.

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A Bull Bison crossing Geyser Hill in Yellowstone

Over the past year, we’ve had the pleasure of visiting many of the national parks, from Cape Cod to Bryce Canyon.  This past autumn, we took a grand circle tour of 6 of the great western national parks: Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Arches and Mesa Verde.  In total, we covered over 3,600 miles in just 10 days, but we packed those days plum full of adventure.  Each park was spectacular in its own right, but if we had to choose a favorite, it would be the granddaddy of them all – Yellowstone.  We spent four days in that park, two in and around Mammoth and two days around Old Faithful.  We even had the great honor and luck of staying in the original 1903 portion of the Old Faithful Inn.

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Spruce House dwellings at Mesa Verde

Since then, we’ve been on a few other national parks as business trips have brought us nearby.  This past winter, I visited the Grand Canyon and Arches again, and for the first time, visited the Colorado National Monument and its epic Rim Rock Road.  Just a few weeks ago, we took our family to explore another first for us, the Cape Cod National Seashore.  All in all, we were blessed with spectacular weather throughout – including more than one sky-on-fire-gorgeous sunset.  This year may have marked our first big foray into the national parks, but rest assured, Lord willing, it will not be our last! Happy birthday National Park Service – and here’s to many, many more centuries of success and joy!

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Glowing Aspens and Vibrant Blue Skies in the Grand Tetons

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Summer Wanderings Part 5: Virginia

The Wild Life and Glowing Skies of Appalachian Virginia

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Well, you’ve made it.  Welcome to the penultimate post (#5 of 6) from our summer wanderings series – this time featuring a few of our favorite images from our time in western Virginia.   Not 30 minuets into Virginia, the sun set was absolutely spectacular!  As it set below the western ridge of the Shenandoah Valley, we hopped off the interstate to see if we could find a few rural scenes to photograph before darkness overtook the region.  By chance, we took the exit for Toms Brook, a small farming community that proved the perfect backdrop for a few quick photos, like the one above.

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Another first for us was a trip up Interstate 81 to the town of Fort Chiswell, Virginia and its unique and adventurous Animal Park.  Located on 45 acres of rolling hills, the park features a diverse collection of animals for kids of all ages to interact with (just be careful of the grey crowned cranes – they bite photographers when said photographers aren’t paying attention… hypothetically of course).  Included with admission is a safari bus ride, where you can feed everything from a camel to an ostrich – both of which have no qualms about invading your personal space by sticking their heads into the bus in search of treats.  Other species, like the bison and zebra preferred to keep their heads outside the bus, but would still walk right up to be fed.  While we’ve photographed many of these animals in the wild, or at free range parks, there is something very special about being able to look one of these gigantic animals in the eye, just a foot or two from your face.

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A Night to Remember: A Vibrant Amelia Island Evening

Amelia Island Shows Her True Colors Yet Again

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This weekend, Bryn and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary – and naturally, we thought, what better place to celebrate, than Amelia Island.  So, we grabbed the cameras (just in case), hopped in the car, and set off for a romantic dinner for two.  Needless to say, it was a good thing the cameras came along, as it seemed nature wanted to put on a rather grand show.  Even before we got to Amelia Island proper, we stopped just shy of the causeway that connects Big Talbot Island to Amelia Island, our interest piqued by birds that were relaxing in the broad, shallow pond along the edge of the Nassau Sound.  We were surprised to find not only a flock of spoonbills, but also the more elusive white pelicans.  Add to that ducks, egrets and other wading birds, and you had a veritable cornucopia of winged fauna.  Our birding appetite satisfied, we headed onto the island for dinner…

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…But, as providence would have it, the thunderstorms off to the west of Amelia Island transitioned from grey and ominous clouds to a pastel collection of oranges, purples, reds and blues as the fleeting rays of the setting sun lit the storms’ anvils on fire.  It made for a truly stunning site, and one we just couldn’t pass up!  So, now on Amelia Island, we ventured out toward the marina and found a spot among the marsh grass to capture the last few moments of light.  Our impromptu photo shoot complete, we finally settled down for dinner at about 8:30 at the wonderful Cafe Karibo.

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As it turns out, there was a theme to our night – namely shrimp.  The spoonbills we first encountered have wings tinted pink due to their diet of shrimp.  Likewise was the obvious connection between shrimp and shrimp boats, and finally, our delicious dinner of shrimp and grits from Cafe Karibo.   Hope I don’t turn any more pink…

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Summer Wanderings Part 4: Vermont

A Heaping Slice of Americana in Southern Vermont

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Welcome to Part 4 of our summer series – featuring our last New England state of the summer, Vermont!  One of our favorite things about these summer trips is the chance to see family and friends while on the road.  Every other year, my dad’s side of the family gets together for a good ol’ fashioned reunion and this time, we found ourselves in the little valley town of Dover, Vermont.  As providence would have it, the weekend of our retreat was also the date of the Vermont Blueberry Festival in the small towns of Deerfield Valley – including… you guessed it, Dover.  Complete with all the fixin’s you would expect from a small town festival, there was a parade (above), craft show, blueberry pancake breakfast, and a myriad of other festivities that absolutely screamed Americana!

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The parade was truly a treat.  I admittedly went to the parade with little desire, but the combination of antique cars and an overwhelming sense of nostalgia, quickly warmed me up.  One thing that really took me back was the drum and fife corps – there were several from around New England, and I could have almost believed I was eight again, sitting along Post Road as I watched the bands go by during our town’s annual Summerfest.  All in all, our time in New England was a wonderful opportunity to take a deep breath, slow down, and enjoy the many gifts God has given us – oh, and to take a few thousand pictures…

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Summer Wanderings Part 3: Massachusetts

Exploring Massachusetts’ Cape Cod National Seashore

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After a quick break to show you some of our automotive work from last weekend’s Cars and Coffee, I’m digging back into our summer archives for the next installment our series – this time featuring the wind-swept shores of Massachusetts’ Cape Cod National Seashore.  Despite having grown up only 20 miles from the Massachusetts border and, traffic permitting (which it often doesn’t) about an hour and a half from Cape Cod – our first trip to the Massachusetts’ geographic forearm was only a few winters ago, when family had briefly lived there.  However, it was a quick visit, and we didn’t get to see much of the Cape or any of its famous seashore.  But thankfully, that all changed this summer, as we took an overnight trip to explore the quaint villages and soaring dunes that line the easternmost bits of Massachusetts.

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If you’ve followed our blog for any time, you probably know how much we enjoy lighthouses, and with several lighthouses in and around the seashore, we made sure to stop at several.  If you’ve ever had a bag of Cape Cod chips, chances are the top photo looks a bit familiar.  The brightly-colored Nauset Light was the model for the bag – and a picturesque model at that!  Best of all, the lighthouse is regularly open for tours thanks to the organization that cares for the historic structure.  While on the Cape, we also visited Chatham Light, the decommissioned Three Sisters Light (which once stood where Nauset Light now resides), and finally Highland Light.

But what if lighthouses aren’t your thing?  Well, the Cape still has plenty to offer, from great restaurants and shops, sandy beaches, wild seals and rare birds, and historic sites like the first Marconi wireless station and the Pilgrim’s Monument, noting the site of the Pilgrim’s first landing in the New World.

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Summer Wanderings Part 2: New Hampshire

From Sea Level to the Top of New Hampshire

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The summit of Mt Washington from the 5,000 foot mark of the Auto Road

Welcome to part two of our summer wanderings – featuring the great state of New Hampshire.  Full disclosure – I may be a bit partial to the ol’ Granite State, having been born and raised in southern New Hampshire.  I’ve got many fond memories – from evening picnics at Great Island Common to summer camps in the White Mountains, and a harrowing trip up the Mt. Washington Auto Road in and old Volvo 240 station wagon.  In fact, after a bit of convincing, we decided to reenact the later memory with our young family. And so, we piled into the Honda and ventured up the steep, eight-mile road to the clouds.  The Auto Road is actually billed as the oldest purpose-made tourist attraction in the US, opening in 1861 with carriage rides up to the summit.

On our trip up, things were pretty uneventful, aside from a cloud-covered summit and its sustained 50 mph winds with gusts to 70 mph – made all the more enjoyable by temperatures barely above 50 degrees.  I’ve got to say, it was a pleasant break from the rather stagnant 90 degree weather at the base of the mountain.  At 6,288 feet, Mt Washington is the tallest mountain in the Appalachians north of Virginia, and the highest place in New Hampshire.

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Whaleback Light – Kittery, ME – with the Victorian-era resort of Star Island in the background.

A few days earlier, we had gone to the shore at low tide to explore the tide pools with the kids.  You know what that means –  we managed to spend time at both the lowest and highest places in New Hampshire in one trip!  While along the coast, we visited Portsmouth Harbor Light – a steel and brick 19th century lighthouse welcoming ships at the entrance to the Piscatiqua River, which divides southern Maine from New Hampshire.  The light isn’t normally open to the public, but they have recently begun opening it for tours (for a nominal donation) during the summer on Sunday afternoons.  Though I lived in NH for 18 years and have been back every summer since, this was a first for us and well worth a couple of dollars to explore.  Come to think of it, there were a lot of first for us – but more on that later…

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Summer Wanderings Part 1: Maine

Down East in the Heart of Maine

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As has become our tradition, we dedicated much of our summer to exploring the eastern bits of our fine country, among visits to family and friends.  This year was no exception – with a trip, perhaps a bit longer than we would like – to explore Northern New England, Cape Cod, Rural Vermont, and central Appalachia.  For your viewing pleasure, we’ll be publishing one post for each state we photographed: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Virginia and Tennessee.

Above, is one of our favorite shots from a pair of loons we’ve been photographing for the past several years.  They spend their summers on Rangeley Lake, located in northwestern Maine, a handful of miles from both the New Hampshire and Canadian borders.  The birds have developed a bit of a pattern, and can be found most mornings and evenings along the strip of lake where we stay.  Unfortunately, this year they were not accompanied by a chick, but hopefully they will have more luck again next season.

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While in New England, we also took a day trip to Boothbay, Maine.  Located about an hour north of Portland, this area of Maine offers a wide variety of tourist-oriented adventures, from puffin tours, to the Boothbay Railway Village (pictured above).  This was our first time to this part of Maine, and the park proved especially enjoyable, offering vintage train rides, a collection of several dozen historic structures, many of which you could tour, a large collection of antique cars, and an extensive model railway.

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