Snail's Postcard Post

The National Parks

Today was Earth Day! In the U.S., the National Parks had a weeklong celebration (aka National Park Week), with free admission over the weekend and all sorts of activities. 

As an American, I often feel ashamed of my country. On the world stage, we do so much boasting and self-appointing despite the glaring injustices within our own borders. But one thing I believe the U.S. can be extremely proud of is the National Park system. This is an ongoing dedication to the preservation of the land itself, affirming that it belongs to no one and is open to all.

There are 59 National Parks and counting. Here are a few.

YellowstoneOld Faithful, Yellowstone. (Wyoming, Montana, Idaho)
Dedicated 1872. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site 1978

Caption: Old Faithful erupts every 45 to 80 minutes to heights of 100 to 180 feet. It can dishcarge as much as 7,500 gallons of hot water during an eruption.

YosemiteEl Capitan, Yosemite, California. Dedicated 1890.

Caption: This tremendous monolith of granite, carved by glacial action, rises vertically over 3,500 feet above the valley floor. It has withstood all forms of erosion to become perhaps the largest exposed monolith in the world.

SequoiaSequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park, California. Sequoia was dedicated in 1890, neighboring Kings Canyon in 1940.

This postcard is made of wood! 

Mt. Rainier

Stevens Canyon Road Lookout, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington. Dedicated 1899.

GlacierGrinnell Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana. Dedicated 1910. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site 1995.

ZionWeeping Rock, Zion National Park, Utah. Dedicated 1919.Hot SpringsHot Springs National Park, Arkansas. Dedicated 1921.

The smallest National Park, and the oldest federal reserve, declared Hot Springs Reservation in 1832.

BryceBryce Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. Dedicated 1928.

Grand TetonGrand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Dedicated 1929.

Caption: About nine million years ago the Teton Range began to rise and the floor of Jackson Hole started to subside. A series of deep cracks called fault zones separated the mountain block of the earth’s crust from the valley block. With each episode of ancient earthquakes, the mountain block would rise and the valley block would sink. Occasional earthquakes remind us that mountain building continues.

img_8869Everglades National Park, Florida. Dedicated 1947. Commemorative postage stamp released the day before opening.

Channel IslandsCatalina Island, Channel Islands National Park, California. Dedicated 1980.

Death Valley Wildrose Charcoal Kilns, Death Valley National Park, California. Dedicated 1994.

Joshua TreeSheeps Pass Campground, Joshua Tree National Park, California. Dedicated 1994. (Watercolor postcard by Mama Snail)

SaguaroTucson Mountain Park, Saguaro National Park, Arizona. Dedicated 1994.

Here’s to wilderness preservation, and to enjoying nature wherever we may find it.

 

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