What Is Your Favorite Memory of America’s National Parks?

| 9/25/2009 10:31:31 AM

Tags: national parks, question to readers, Ken Burns, PBS, Great Smoky Mountains, CU,

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This Sunday, Sept. 27, PBS kicks off their six-part series by Ken Burns about America’s national parks. The series is magnificent, as befits the subject, and hopefully it will inspire a reinvigorated interest in our nation's most beautiful natural spaces. (Find out more about the series in The National Parks: America’s Best Idea – A New Series from Ken Burns and PBS, a write-up by the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors covering all six episodes.)

Along the same lines, we asked you a couple of weeks ago which national parks you visited most recently. The exciting news is that of the 949 readers who took the poll, 711 have been to a national park recently. And of the specific parks listed, Great Smoky Mountains National Parks recorded the highest number of poll-taking attendees, with 210 votes. (You can see the full survey results below.)

And that’s not all. Some of our readers have been sharing remarkable photos from their national park visits at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS photo-sharing site, cu.MotherEarthNews.com — from the Great Smoky Mountains to Glacier National. If you have photos from a recent park visit, put ’em up! We love them, and, who knows, they may appear in the CU department of the magazine.

Now, though, we want to hear your stories. What’s your favorite memory of our national parks? We know that MOTHER’s readers have some good ones, so take a minute to share them below. Haven’t been yet? Where do you want to venture first?

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9/29/2009 7:34:13 PM

I worked for the NPS for 18 1/2 years before taking a job with another land management agency. I had the privilege of living and working in 4 different parks and visiting many more for both work and pleasure. One of my many favorite memories was when I was living in Yosemite NP. During one winter, I lived in Yosemite Valley. During full moon nights after a good snow storm, I would go cross-country skiing around the Valley. There was enough light from the reflection of the moon on the snow that I was able to see and did not need a headlamp. The sound of the waterfalls, howling coyotes, various nocturnal animal noises and the swoosh of my skis was truly memorable. I would often stop skiing to listen just to the night noises and drink the the sight of the snow covered crevices on the rock wall faces, the frozen mini waterfalls and blankets of snow on the Valley floor. It completely rejuvenated my soul. I moved out of Yosemite in 1992 and I can still picture the moon-lit winter Valley as if it were yesterday.

Sally Sudderth Mandell
9/28/2009 5:40:41 PM

My cherished husband, Tom, and I were married in September of 2006. Tom was a trucker and loved traveling. We decided to do a road trip and see monuments and national parks. Included in our trip was Mt. Rushmore, Devil's Tower, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Glacier and Arches. It was the most fun I had ever had on a road trip. We took lots of photos and video. Sadly my Tom was killed in June of 2007, just 9 months after we were married. I cherish the Time we did have together enjoying nature and natural wonders.

9/28/2009 9:19:08 AM

We went to Acadia National Park 3 years ago as a family. My only regret is that we did not stay there longer. The park was beautiful. The ocean and the rocky coastline was breathtaking.

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