Listeners Respond: Experiencing America's National Parks

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Yosemite National Park (Steve Dunleavy/flickr)

We're wrapping up our Summer in the Parks series today with responses from listeners. Listeners have texted, posted, and phoned in their favorite memories of national parks all over the country. The Takeaway shares some of these personal testaments of how the national parks have changed the lives of Americans for decades.

Andrew from Mill Valley, California quit his day job after a particularly meaningful camping trip on the Pacific shore. Another listener, London, hiked the Zion Narrows at Zion National Park, forgetting about her wet socks as she reveled in the beauty of the canyon. Annette rattled off at least five distinct colors that made up the most beautiful sunset she's ever seen, which lasted over an hour at the Navajo Tribal Park. And Mary jumped down a waterfall and caught fish in her hand at Coffee Lake.

Produced by:

Joe Hernandez and Elena Holodny

Comments [1]

clark from NJ

Visited a few National Parks & Monuments this summer; Fossil Butte National Monument, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Tetons National Park and Dinosaur National Monument. We also hit some National Forests on the way.
My eleven year old nephew preferred Dinosaur Nat'l to Fossil Butte. Dinosaur has a hillside with exposed fossils in situ. Fossil Butte can't compete because it has ocean life fossils which are more 2D. Although, it was a great view from the top of the Butte!
We had only a short time in Yellowstone but saw four Elk and one Buffalo from the roadside. The geyser basins were really interesting and I loved the wilderness of it. Unfortunately, we couldn't hike other than the geyser basins trails. We could only do a drive-by of the Grand Tetons, but saw a herd of Buffalo.
We hike a bit in Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park. Second day in CO and a mile high, I needed to slow down to breathe.
As a kid, we travel one Summer across the US and camped at any Nat'l Park or Forest that was available. Sites were $2 -$4 a night. We saw Yellowstone then but I only had a vague impression of Old Faithful.
I'm really glad we took the trip; my mother and my nephew joined me.

Aug. 15 2012 03:26 PM

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