how many (US) national parks have you been to?
jsessoms002 at nc.rr.com
Fri Oct 2 23:09:06 EDT 2009
From: ann sanfedele
> John Sessoms wrote:
>> > From: ann sanfedele
>>> >> Are any of you guys watching Ken Burns's thing on the National
>>> >> parks? I'm liking it more and more
>>> >> but thought the first show was the weakest and may have put people
>>> >> off the series...
>>> >> And relative to that, how many National Parks have you been to?
>>> >> Possibly some from the other side of the Pond
>>> >> have more on their list than some of us who live here...
>>> >> I checked off 40 of the reported 58 though I think there might be
>>> >> more that I visited before they were made into parks.
>>> >> (Great Basin, for one)
>> > I'm not watching because I still don't have a TV, and there's not
>> > enough else worth watching for me to buy one. Plus, I already don't
>> > spend enough time actually working on my photography, I don't need
>> > another excuse for not getting busy.
>> > If my count is correct - 39.
> ya almost caught me :-)
> I was tv- less for 20 years - 1960 to 1980 - I'm glad to "meet"
> someone who is as interested in the Parks as am I.
Except for one year (Aug 2005 - Sep 2006) when I had an old TV someone
gave me because the apartment I was living in while going to school had
free cable, I've been TV less since 1996.
I watched a little National Geographic Channel, some History Channel and
some Discovery Channel then if I had insomnia, but school didn't leave
me much free time.
About a week after I moved back into my house from school, I came home
and smelled smoke. The TV was doing something even though it wasn't
turned on. Out the door it went. I hadn't even watched it - no cable and
hadn't had time to pick up a set of rabbit ears for it.
As far as parks are concerned, I'm going on the theory if they're on the
nps.gov website, they're parks; whether they're named park, monument,
historic site, seashore, parkway or what.
Nps.gov lists it, it's a park for my purposes.
The FAQ for the Blue Ridge Parkway says it's a National Park even if
it's called a Parkway.
If you add in National Forests and National Wildlife Refuges it just
about doubles my number.
I looked at the list of the 58 "parks" and when they were created and
noticed I have been to the two most recently created "parks", and that
several parks I visited were apparently not national parks the first
time I visited there - Death Valley, Saguaro, Petrified Forest and Congaree.
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