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    Cyburbian Emeritus Bear Up North's avatar
    May 2003
    Northwestern Ohio

    National Parks, Etc. You Have Visited

    I haven't traveled a whole lot in my life.....but I have had the chance to visit some of our National Parks, National Monuments, etc. Locations and
    fun" anecdotes follow:

    It was July of 1976 and it was very hot along the coast....and just a few miles inland, in the park, it was a misting 55-degrees. During a long hike we found ourselves on a wooded bluff looking down at a waterfall. A young couple was in the water, having sex. We yelled and waved. They waved back and continued their watery adventure.

    On my honeymoon (with Donna) we were camped at the Apgar Campground. We went into town to grab a burger and buy a book or two (2). One (1) of the books had a front cover that pictured the map of Apgar Campground. The book was titled "Night Of The Grizzlies". It was all about some women who were killed by a grizzly bear....at the campground we were staying at. (Later in my life I would actually be involved in some business dealings with the father of one of the victims, who was from Bowling Green, OH.) Going-To-The-Sun Road cuts through the park and is the most beautiful road I have ever been on.

    This park.....the country's first National Lakeshore.....has been visited by this Bear on numerous occasions. (Upper Peninsula, dudes!)

    Been to this park twice. You could say that I "beat the rush", because it was not crowded....and my last visit was in the mid-1970's. Hiked to Clingman's Dome. Beautiful scenery.

    Actually was at this place BEFORE it was aquired by the government. There was a private road that you paid for to see the huge sand dunes on Lake Michigan.

    This tall 300-foot column (Doric, I think) is on South Bass Island, in the western basin of Lake Erie. Great views of the islands and the Put-In-Bay harbor, with hundreds of boats all "rafting off" each other on any given summer day.

    Been to this park twice. Took what was called the "Three Hour Trip" on one (1) occasion. This included crawling on our hands and knees through a long tunnel that was shaped like a snake, with all of the curves. Not sure of this is still included on the current tours list. Have to get back.....it was kool.

    (Bad Lands, Black Hills, Mount Rushmore)
    Been here a few times. Awe-inspiring monument. (Where's Ronnie?...heh heh.)
    Lots of touristy towns in and around area.

    Interesting to see the place where General George Armstrong Custar met his maker (and more than a few Indians). BTW.....Custar was from Monroe, MI....just north of Toledo. And he also lived in Tontogany, OH.....very close to my old homestead, near Henry County, OH.

    Located east of International Falls, MN ("The Icebox Of the Nation") I visited this park in early April of about 1988. Actually was there when the weather was quire warm, but as we left the area a severe blizzard followed us and finally caught us when we were in Ontanogan, MI, in the Upper Peninsula.)

    Did a canoe trip here back in the late 1970's. Portaged between about a dozen lakes, working our way to an island camp site. Great early August weather with no rain, warm enough for swimming, no bugs. Actually saved the life of my friend, Phil. He was swimming back from the mainland and started having trouble. I swam out and helped him. Not sure if he would have made it or not.

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    Cyburbian The One's avatar
    Mar 2004
    Where Valley Fever Lives
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    I've had the pleasure of visiting many nat. parks/monuments:

    Capitol Reef
    Colorado National
    Mesa Verde
    Great Sand Dunes
    Rocky Mountain
    Painted Desert
    Grand Canyon
    Joshua Tree
    Great Smokey Mts.
    Black Canyon
    Bryce Canyon
    Dry Tortugas
    Ellis Island
    Fort McHenry
    Golden Gate
    Grand Teton
    Great Falls
    Harpers Ferry

    and others....I ran out of time to list them.....
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    Cyburbian zman's avatar
    Apr 2004
    Tri-Cities, Washington
    Blog entries
    Colorado National
    Great Sand Dunes
    Rocky Mountain
    Grand Canyon
    Black Canyon
    Grand Teton

    Not too many, I really would like to see Isle Royale.

    I have been to Boundary Waters National Wilderness (US) and across the border into Quetico Provinical Park (CDN)
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    Cyburbian mgk920's avatar
    Mar 2004
    Appleton, Wisconsin
    As far as I know, the US National Park Service places that I have visited:

    -Badlands (when it was still 'National Monument') and Mount Rushmore (both during a 1976 family roadtrip)
    -(numerous places in the Washington DC area)
    -Gateway Arch (been to the top )
    -Flight 93
    -Great Smoky Mountains
    -Foothill Parkway
    -Blue Ridge Parkway (entire length)

    Plus I have driven near a bunch of smaller national monuments, such as those in the Baltimore, Boston and Philadelphia areas.

    Not a lot, but I would like to visit a lot of the parks in the west, as well as many of the Revolutionary and Civil War battlefields, as well as drive the Natchez Trace Parkway.


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    Cyburbian Richmond Jake's avatar
    Aug 2001
    Working in a Vulnerable Location
    Let's see, I know I'll leave some out.

    Kings Canyon
    Joshua Tree
    Crater Lake
    Mt. Rushmore
    Grand Canyon

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    I still dream of Yosemite year round. Every Summer I head out and make my way up Half Dome (the easy way) and Clouds Rest and Dana Mountain.

    The path to bliss.
    A little closer
    That's what I'm talking about! (found on the net) notice the guy in the background working on a Darwin award.

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    Cyburbian nerudite's avatar
    Aug 2001

    Thanks mom and dad for taking me to most of these places...

    I had to wait to get home to post this, 'cause it's a long list.

    US National Park System

    California: Redwood (just a few weeks ago, actually), Lassen, Muir Woods, Golden Gate, Devil's Postpile, Yosemite, Sequioa/Kings Canyon, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Channel Islands, Alcatraz.

    Oregon: Crater Lake

    Washington: North Cascades, Olympic

    Nevada: Great Basin

    Arizona: Grand Canyon, Saguaro, Volcano/Sunset Crater, Petrified Forest

    Utah: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, Arches

    New Mexico: Cliff Dwellings, White Sands, Aztec Ruins

    Montana: Glacier

    Wyoming: Yellowstone, Devil's Tower, Grand Teton

    Colorado: Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes, Rocky Mountain

    Texas: Big Bend, Guadalupe Mtns (I remember being very unimpressed when I was 16)

    Mississippi, etc: Natchez

    Tennessee/North Carolina: Great Smoky Mtns., Blue Ridge Parkway, and other trails

    Florida: Everglades

    Virginia: Shenandoah and a million battlefields it seems

    W. Virginia: rafted the New River Gorge

    Kentucky: Mammoth Cave

    DC: most of the big memorials and monuments (Jefferson, Lincoln, Washington, Vietnam Vets, etc.)

    New York: Statue of Liberty

    Many states: Appalachian Trail

    Massachussetts: Cape Cod

    South Dakota: Mt. Rushmore, Badlands

    Alaska: Glacier Bay, Kenai Fjords, Denali

    Hawaii: Volcanoes, USS Arizona


    BC: Glacier, Kootenay, Mt. Revelstoke, Yoho

    Alberta: Jasper, Banff, Waterton Lakes (I was 2, so I don't remember though )

    NS: Cape Breton Highlands (my favourite!)

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    Here is my list and the year(s) I visited them. An asterisk means that I camped there at least one day.

    Great Smokey Mountains - 1974
    Arcadia - 1977*
    Shenendoah - 1979*
    Badlands - 1981*/1996*
    Theodore Roosevelt - 1981 (passed through)
    Yellowstone - 1981*/1996*
    Glacier - 1981*
    Grand Teton - 1981*/1996
    Everglades - 1993 (passed through)
    Great Basin - 1996
    Grand Canyon - 1996*
    Zion - 1996
    Bryce Canyon - 1996
    Redwood - 1997 (*nearby)
    Hot Springs - 2003*

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    Cyburbian Cardinal's avatar
    Aug 2001
    The Cheese State
    Grand Teton
    Devil's Tower
    Blue Ridge/Shanendoah
    Mt. Ranier
    Mt. St. Helens
    Escalante Canyons
    Capitol Reef
    Big Bend
    Guadelupe Mountains
    Great Smokey Mountains
    Badlands/Mt. Rushmore
    Fort Clatsop
    Crater Lake
    Newberry Volcanoes
    Theodore Roosevelt
    Kitty Hawk/Cape Hatteras
    White Sands
    El Malpais
    Chaco Canyon
    Carlsbad Caverns
    Sleeping Bear
    Pictured Rocks
    Mammoth Cave
    Rocky Mountain
    Mesa Verde
    Great Sand Dunes
    Joshua Tree
    Death Valley
    King's Canyon/Sequoia
    Lassen Volcanic
    Point Reyes
    Grand Canyon
    Painted Desert

    I may have missed some. Does anybody want to start a Canadian parks thread?
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    Since no one has Alaska represented, I'll add:

    Kenai Fjords
    Gates of the Arctic

    I have to concur with John Muir, though, I still think Yosemite is one of the most incredible places on earth.

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    May 1997
    Williston, VT
    National Parks, etc? Let's see:

    Acadia NP - just once, so far
    Arches NM - classic
    Agate Fossil Beds NM - a hidden gem of the system
    Aztec Ruins NM
    Badlands NP - the high point of South Dakota, except possibly the firehouse pub in Rapid City
    Bandelier NM
    Big Bend NP - long ago, I want to go back to the Chisos
    Big Hole NB - a very emotional place
    Big Horn Canyon NRA - Little Mountain, which lurks above this NRA is a strange and fascinating place
    Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP - our local park when we're in Colorado
    Blue Ridge Parkway
    Bryce Canyon NP - one of the great ones, but recent road construction is bad!
    Califonia National Historic Trail - quite of bit of time exploring the ID portion
    Canyon de Chelly - too briefly
    Canyonlands NP - often, including an expedition deep into Ernie's Country
    Capitol Reef NP - often, perhaps the most pleasant park in S Utah
    Carlsbad Caverns NP - a let down
    Cedar Breaks - one of the most spectacular less known units
    Chaco Culture NHP - a very cool place, tooth rattling road
    Chickasaw NRA - as a child
    Chiracahua NM - and on into the adjacent national forest
    City of Rocks NR - another hidden gem
    Colorado NM - often
    Coronado NMem - watch out for passing wetbacks
    Crater Lake NP
    Craters of the Moon NP - many times, try it in the winter
    Curecanti NRA
    Devils Tower - remember Close Encounters?
    Dinosaur NM
    Effigy Mounds NM - long ago
    El Malpais - tried, turned back by a blizzard
    Florrisant Fossil Beds NM - as a child
    Fort Bowie NHS
    Fort Laramie NHS
    Glacier NP
    Glen Canyon NRA - I always imagine the dam cracking
    Golden Gate NRA
    Golden Spike NHS - worth the drive
    Grand Canyon NP
    Grand Teton NP - often
    Grant-Kohrs Ranch NHS - a really good historic site
    Great Basin - one of the best kept secrets of the park system
    Great Sand Dunes - a few times, one freezing night long ago
    Great Smoky Mountains NP - it rained, must return someday
    Guadelupe Mountains NP - look for the white rattlesnakes, on the white limestone
    Hopewell Culture NHP
    Hot Springs NP - the highlight was knocking down a stop sign with the U-Haul
    Jefferson National Expansion Mem - the arch, just down the street from Busch Stadium
    Jewel Cave NP - one of the better caverns
    John D Rockefeller Mem Parkway
    John Day Fossil Beds
    Joshua Tree NP - another great one
    Lake Mead NRA - Hoover Dam is a monument to the planners of the 30's
    Lake Roosevelt NRA - another monument to the '30's
    Lassen Volcanic NP - must return
    Little Bighorn NB - not as sad as the others
    Marsh-Billings NHP
    Mesa Verde NP - another great one
    Mount Rainier - a long time ago
    Mount Rushmore NMem - diesel fumes
    Muir Woods NM
    Natchez Trace Parkway - they threw us off 'cus we were driving a U-Haul!
    National Mall
    New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve
    Natural Bridges NM
    Niobrara NSR - the highest waterfall in Nebraska
    Pecos NHP
    Petrified Forest NP - briefly, a long time ago
    Pipe Springs NM
    Redwood NP - big trees!
    Rocky Mountain National Park - one of my first real backpacking trips, 1968
    Santa Fe NHT - the plaza at the end is one of the best places to think about history in the West
    Saguaro NP - both units, many times, I like the east side best
    Sleeping Bear Dunes NL
    Sunset Crater Volcano NM
    Tallgrass Prairie NR - a sentimental favorite
    Theodore Roosevelt NP - too long ago
    Tumacacori NHP - briefly
    Valley Forge NHP - a big let down
    Walnut Canyon NM
    Wa****a Battlefield NHS - another very sad place
    White Sands NM
    Wilson's Creek NB - as a child
    Wind Cave NP
    Wupatki NM
    Yellowstone - often, including some of the most delectable parts of the backcountry
    Zion - often, but people who live in deep canyons get crazy
    Last edited by Lee Nellis; 10 Feb 2005 at 1:22 PM.

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    Restarting a thread I didn't know existed:
    My list:
    Appomattox Courthouse
    Gulf Islands National Seashore
    Jean Lafitte
    Mammoth Caves
    Most of the memorials and monuments in DC-I like the Lincoln Memorial, Korean War, and FDR ones the best.
    Natchez Trace Parkway
    Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
    Strangley enough I've never been to the Indiana Dunes
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    Cyburbian Zoning Goddess's avatar
    Sep 1999
    400 miles from Orlando
    I could score big points here if the feds would designate Disney World as a National Park (hey, at least the entry fees would drop!)....

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    Cyburbian Plus
    Jun 2003
    I have been to the NP's that have appeared on their respective State Quarters :

    Yosemite - California
    Jefferson National Expansion Memorial - Missouri
    Mount Rushmore - South Datoka
    Golden Spike - Utah
    Colonial National Historical Park - Virginia
    New River Gorge - West Virginia

    Have not been to :
    Wright Brothers National Memorial - North Carolina
    Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park & National Aviation Heritage Area - Ohio
    Crater Lake - Oregon

    Is that nerdy enough for you ?

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    Feb 2007
    just back from a massive dog fight session
    OK, so we haven't got quite as many as you guys, but I've been to:

    The Lake District (lived 20 minutes drive from there when i was growing up)
    The Peak District (again, lived 20 minutes drive from there when I was living in Sheffield)
    The Yorkshire Dales (friends live there, 40 minutes up a train line)
    Snowdonia (university trip)
    Loch Lomond (a gig with about 90,000 other people!)
    North York Moors (friends lived there for a while)

    Obviously ours are far more accessible than the many US ones (for example, the Peak District has one third of Britain's population within an hours drive of its boundaries) so finding your own little patch of wilderness is really rather hard!

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    Cyburbian TOFB's avatar
    Jan 2006
    Loma Linda's
    Quote Originally posted by HarryFossettsHat View post
    OK, so we haven't got quite as many as you guys, but I've been to:

    The Lake District (lived 20 minutes drive from there when i was growing up)
    The Peak District (again, lived 20 minutes drive from there when I was living in Sheffield)
    The Yorkshire Dales (friends live there, 40 minutes up a train line)
    Snowdonia (university trip)
    Loch Lomond (a gig with about 90,000 other people!)
    North York Moors (friends lived there for a while)

    Obviously ours are far more accessible than the many US ones (for example, the Peak District has one third of Britain's population within an hours drive of its boundaries) so finding your own little patch of wilderness is really rather hard!
    Wow I've been to the first four on your list! Especially memorable are the millstone quarries in the Peak District, near a quaint pub in Astonfield, Blakewell tarts, and doing the whole Snowdon trek, while staying at a cool inn in Capel Curig, Wales.

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    Cyburbian otterpop's avatar
    Jul 2003
    Down by Dun Ringill
    Blog entries
    To the best of my recollection, I have visited:

    Badlands NP - both units
    Barringer Meteor Crater
    Bear Paw Battlefield
    Big Hole Battlefield
    Big Horn Canyon NRA
    Black Hills
    Carlsbad Caverns
    Crater Lake NP
    Craters of the Moon NP - many times, try it in the winter
    Devils Tower
    Fort Bridger
    Fort Laramie
    Glacier NP
    Grand Canyon NP
    Grand Teton NP - often
    Grant-Kohrs Ranch NHS
    Great Sand Dunes
    Great Smoky Mountains NP
    Hells Canyon
    Hot Springs NP
    John D Rockefeller Mem Parkway
    Lake Mead-Hoover Dam
    Little Bighorn Battlefield
    Mansfield Battlefield
    Mesa Verde
    Misty Fiords
    Mount Rushmore
    Muir Woods NM
    Natchez Trace Parkway
    Olympia NP
    Petrified Forest NP
    Rocky Mountain National Park
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    Aug 2005
    Funky Town, CO.
    My NP list includes:

    Rocky Mountain NP
    Arches NP
    Canyon Lands NP
    Black Canyon NP
    Capital Reef NP
    Mesa Verde NP
    Zion NP
    Bryce Canyon NP
    Grand Canyon NP
    Grand Tetons NP
    Yellowstone NP
    Guadalupe Mountains NP
    Olympic NP

    Plus a number of National Monuments including:

    Colorado NM
    Mt. St. Helens NVM
    Bandelier NM
    Hovenweep NM
    Canyon of the Ancients NM
    Natural Bridges NM

    As you can see they are all in the west.

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    Super Moderator luckless pedestrian's avatar
    Aug 2005
    in a meeting
    hey wow -

    for me only
    1. Green Mountain National Forest (and don't say Park if you want to get out there alive) same for the National Forest in New Hampshire
    2. Acadia (obviously, I live here!) (and don't forget the Schoodic Peninsula National Park if you come, it's the best "secret" of the area)
    3. Joshua Tree
    4. Sequoia/Kings Canyon
    5. National Mall
    6. Boston
    7. Gettysburg (the college was a former client in a previous life)
    8. Golden Gate
    9. Alcatraz (or is that a state park?)
    10. Cape Cod National Seashore (had a friend in Eastham and Wellfleet)
    11. Concord, Massachusetts (a must see of the re-enactment of the Revolution on Patriot's Day in April! used to live there too)

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    Cyburbian wahday's avatar
    May 2005
    New Town
    These are what I can think of right now:

    Green Mountain NF
    White Mountain NF
    Monanghahela NF
    Glacier NP
    Yellowstone NP
    Yosemite and Giant Sequoia NP
    Carson NF
    Santa Fe NF
    Gila NF and Wilderness
    Lincoln NF
    Tent Rocks NM
    Rocky Mountain NP
    Carson NF
    Cibola NF
    Bandelier NM
    Pecos Wilderness and NHP
    San Pedro Parks Wilderness
    Sandia Wilderness
    Bosque del Apache NWP
    Grand Canyon NP
    Cape Hatteras NP
    Blue Ridge NP
    Great Smokey Mountains NP
    Cumberland Gap NP
    Natchex Trace NP
    Denali NP
    Mt. Ranier NP
    Salinas Pueblo Missions NM
    Assateague Island NS
    Petroglyph NM
    El Malpais NM
    Nantahala NF
    Cherokee & Pisgah NF
    Ocoee NF
    Salmon-Challis NF

    Personally, I much prefer the less-developed nature of National Forests and Wilderness Areas to the Parks and Historic Places.
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