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The National Park Service turns 103 today! In their honor, I've compiled a list of 10 reasons why our national parks, despite crowds and growing pressures, are still as awesome as ever.
So get ready, as we dive into what is best about our amazing national parks.
Reaching Delicate Arch is almost like walking into a theater mid-play to find the star player on center stage performing for a captive audience.
The arch itself sits on the edge of a breathtaking natural amphitheater, which seems too perfect and picturesque a setting to be a mere accident of Nature.
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There's a poem that I have grown fond of over the years which (with a little interpretive license), goes like this:
Two paths diverge in a rugged stone wilderness... and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Taking the path less traveled may be one of the best outdoor tips anyone can give you. Especially given the modern, sometimes raucous nature of
3. The landscape in Arches National Park is as fragile as it is unique. Straying from official trails, dry washes or sandstone is prohibited within Arches National Park. If that sounds restrictive, don't worry, there are dry washes and sandstone a plenty in Arches, creating a maze of potential paths you may need years to fully explore-- even when abiding by a few restrictions. Just be safe!
4. Bring enough water. There is no reliable, purified source of water on the trail. Adults should drink 3-4 liters a day when hiking in Arches.
5. Climbing, walking or standing on ANY arch with an opening of three or more feet, or other "prominent feature" within Arches National park is prohibited.
6. Leave absolutely no trace-- Take only pictures. Arches is one of the most vandalized parks in North America. Do not scratch, write on or in any way mar Arches' unique landscape. It is also prohibited to remove ANYTHING-- whether rock, mineral, plant, animal or historical feature from the park. Please remind any one who is unaware of or disregarding these regulations to leave the landscape unaltered. If you witness someone vandalizing any part of the park, please report it to park rangers.
Finally, have fun exploring Arches National Park! And consider "taking the path less traveled".
"climbing, scrambling, walking or standing upon, or rappelling off any arch with an opening greater than three feet is prohibited in the park." - National Park Service.
Have you ever noticed that hospitals and healthcare facilities seem to all be decorated with photos and paintings of mountains, forests, canyons and so on?
Well it turns out that it's more than just a coincidence. Natures ability to heal and rejuvenate our tired bodies and minds has been well documented over the years.
It's actually become general practice for healthcare facilities
In 1985 only 9 California Condors remained in the wild. The last of which was captured on April 19, 1987 and entered into a captive breeding program with all that remained of the world's California Condors.
From twenty-two Individuals, a desperate last minute effort began to save one of the world's largest flying birds from total extinction, but it's been a difficult road. Condors only begin breeding when six years old, and each breeding pair will lay only a single egg every 1-2 years. Making recovery a very slow process.
In January 1992 the first captive bred condor was released in to the wild, and in 2003 the first wild born condor since 1982 left it's nest deep in the heart of the Grand Canyon. Today there are somewhere around 500 condors in North america, half of which live in the wild. Each and every one a descendent of the twenty-two birds captured in the 1980s.
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