Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Exploring The Longest Cave System At Mammoth Cave National Park

Located in the hilly area of south central Kentucky, the Mammoth Cave National Park is the world’s longest known cave system. To date, there have been more than 400 miles explored. Initial travelers of the site described the cave as beautiful, though dark and sometimes scary. Still, the park holds true to its name; delighting visitors with its mammoth chambers and labyrinths.

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Mammoth Cave is a World Heritage Site because it provides fascinating evidence of historical events. Through exploration, the story of human beings has been depicted on cave walls and by finding several artifacts and remains, which are estimated to be several thousand years old. Nearby caves in the region housed mummies pointing to pre-Columbian funeral practices. It is because of this that the cave maintains its relevance and fascination among archeologists.

Mammoth Cave officially became a national park in 1941 after a rather turbulent exploration history. After it was dedicated, though, Mammoth Cave has maintained its reputation as one of the more stunning national parks in the country – though it still is one of the lesser-visited attractions in the state.

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One of the beautiful aspects of the park is the knowledge that there are still miles yet undiscovered. There are still groups that visit the park intent on making discoveries. The most recent discovery was in 2005 where a connection between two smaller caves was found. This added around 3 miles to the existing system. Incremental discoveries have made the approximate area of the Mammoth Cave to 400 miles.

Visitors are encouraged to take a step into the past at the Mammoth Cave National Park.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Historical Sites In The Big Apple

New York City may be one of the busiest places on earth, but it is a great location for those looking for breathtaking historical and natural sites. Each year, millions of tourists visit these NPS-affiliated preserved historic sites, monuments, and parks. Here are some of them.

Statue of Liberty National Monument

Who would not recognize this national monument? The Statue of Liberty is a gift from the French government for the centennial celebration of the United States. The statue’s location is worth a visit for those who want to learn more about the American immigration culture, as the Ellis Island is known as “American’s Golden Door,” or a gateway for those who want to start a new life in the United States.

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Federal Hall National Memorial

The Federal Hall is a great reminder of the role of NYC in colonial America. This site saw the start of the Revolutionary War, as well as the composition of the Bill of Rights. This was also the place where George Washington made his oath as the first President of the United States.

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Lower East Side Tenement Museum

97 Orchard Street was a famous tenement where thousands of people from different countries used to live. Now known as the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, it aims to introduce a different side of New York to its visitors, complete with photographs, archived documents, and artifacts.

Saint Paul’s Church National Historic Site

Saint Paul’s Church, located in Bronx, was a place where a lot of people received treatment during the Revolutionary War. People who visit the historic site will get to learn more about the American Revolution and other issues like freedom of religion and free press.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Joshua Tree National Park: Where Two Deserts Meet

There is a specific tree that grows in California. It is commonly called the Joshua tree. It is a rather unusual looking tree, with its leaves only covering the uppermost part of the tree; its branches looking eerily like limbs reaching out to the sky. Its leaves almost look like daggers. It is its very appearance that led biologists to name it after the Bible character, Joshua, who raised his hands up to the sky in prayer.

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Joshua trees thrive in desert-like conditions and are the main feature of the Joshua Tree National Park in California. Another amazing feature of the park is that it has two very distinct ecosystems, being located between the Mojave and Colorado deserts. This produces an astounding variety of wildlife. The park is incredibly family-friendly and is an ideal camping site for adventurous families.

Nine different campgrounds are usually occupied on weekend nights from October to May. Families also enjoy the park during holidays. Park rangers recommend going during the week for a better placement. Campsites are usually made on a first come, first served basis although the park accepts reservations during busier periods.

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Because of the hot and dry climate (which make the park visually stunning), it is imperative that campers bring plenty of water with them. Water is only available at very few locations around the edges of the park. Currently, there are only five.

It must also be noted that there are no hookups for any RVs in Joshua Tree. The park is truly meant to be experienced as is; families should prepare themselves for a spectacular view and intense heat.
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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Nature’s Best: The Oldest National Parks In The United States

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Early American explorers and geologists made historical breakthroughs with their discoveries of wild places. These national parks are part of the unique American heritage. These parks have seen seasons and generations change, yet their beauties are timeless.

Yellowstone was the first park to ever be founded in the United States. It was established on 1 March 1872 in Wyoming. Sequoia and Yosemite were the next two national parks, which are both situated in California.

Mount Rainier in Washington was given the title of national park in 1899. It is known for being the most glaciated park in the United States. Crater Lake was established next, in 1902. The park features forests, and is considered a spiritual place for Native American Indians. In 1903, Wind Cave in South Dakota was awarded the name of national park. It features long caves with hundreds of miles of explored natural areas.
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Mesa Verde in Colorado was the next park to be established, which features ancestral cliff dwellings of the Pueblo Indians from the sixth to twelfth centuries.

Glacier, Rocky Mountain, and Haleakala were established as national parks in the following decade. These parks offered various cultural experiences and other outdoor activities.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Things to do in Cuyahoga Valley

There’s a heavenly spot right in between Akon and Cleveland in Northeast Ohio, which to the wandering eye, might appear peculiar in its charm. It is a rural landscape along the Cuyahoga River that has been justly reclaimed to ensure its preservation. It started off as the Cuyahoga Valley Recreational Area in 1974 and in 2000, America deemed it fit to be included in its list of highly treasured national parks. 

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There are many exciting things to do in this fabled valley. The most popular activity features the freedom of trailing on mountain bikes. There is so much to see around, and yet the forest charm invites one to stay in each pit stop even just for a few minutes. Biking is the perfect enabler for the thrill of seeing the park’s plentiful animals that have colonized the forest nooks, which also include some of the most awesome waterfalls in America. 

Roughing it in the outdoors has never been more thrilling, and it’s twice the charm when one decides to let go of all technological devices and explore the vicinity the way the native Indians used to do. Canal ways are found in the park, and this is the perfect venue to go on an exploratory quest. 

The Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail is an 85 mile stretch of path that is sure to treat bikers and hikers with all the surrounding wildlife and other cultural gems. In some cases, exploring on horseback is also permitted, giving one the exact perspective that many horse-riding native Americans used to have ages ago. 

Many other things can be done in Cuyahoga, as the nature lover’s imagination is the only limit to what makes this memorable experience worthy of being included one’s bucket list.  

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Shaping Up: The Geologic Formation Of The Grand Canyon

There is nothing in the world like the Grand Canyon. Its formation, encompassing 277 miles, with a width of 18 miles and depth of about a mile, has captivated tourists, geologists, and just about anyone.

In 1919, the Grand Canyon was officially designated a national park, which in turn inspired a successful conservation movement.
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However, despite its popularity, how the canyon was formed is anyone’s guess. Extensive geologic studies have been undertaken since 1858, and these have led to widely accepted theories on the geologic formation of the canyon.

A study of the approximately 40 major exposed sedimentary rock layers pegs the age range of the canyon between 200 million to around two billion years old. This would mean that the canyon and its rock layers were being shaped during the Proterozoic eon, well before complex life started to proliferate on Earth.
But the question that remains is which powerful impact was able to erode the rocks sufficiently to fashion the current formation of the canyon.

Scientific analyses point to water as the primary vector for the erosions. Millions of years of water flow, augmented by other forces, such as wind, volcanism, continental drift, and shift in seasons and climates, have made the Grand Canyon what it is today.
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Monday, June 27, 2016

Postal Service Honors U.S. National Park’s 100th Year With 16 New Stamps

The Postal Service has released a new collection of stamps for the centennial year of the U.S. National Park Service. On June 2, 2016, the office unveiled 16 new stamps featuring beautiful paintings and photographs of the national parks. Themes included flora and fauna, park-inspired artwork, and historical structures.

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While this milestone is to be celebrated by fans of the historical National Parks, it’s not a first for the Postal Service. They have previously issued ten stamps in 1966 for the 50th anniversary of the National Parks Services. They also had 10 stamps for the “National Park Year” in 1934, as well as for Yellowstone’s centennial year in 1972.

How are stamps chosen? The competition for ideas is tough, as the U.S. Postal Service has reportedly received about 40,000 suggestions from artists around the globe for stamp ideas every year. However, only about twenty of these designs make the cut.

Stamp collectors and letter senders will love creative and scenic portraits featuring Acadia National Park, Assateague Island National Seashore, Arches National Park, Bandelier National Monument, the Grand Canyon, Haleakalā, and Yellowstone, among others.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Pristine Ecosystems Meet Impressive Geysers: Making Memories In Yellowstone National Park

One of the most historic national parks in the U.S. is the Yellowstone National Park, the first ever national park to be established in the world. Last year, the park was the playground for more than 4 million tourists, making it one of the most visited national parks in the country. The majestic natural beauty, diverse wildlife, and intriguing geologic features all make it an ideal spot to appreciate nature. 

Many people are drawn to the park’s Old Faithful, the most famous geyser in all of America—whose eruptions can be predicted based on the duration of its last eruption. With 100-180 feet of water shooting up into the air from a hole in the ground, it easily becomes a great natural spectacle. However, because of the vast area covered by the park, visitors often spend more time in their cars instead of experiencing the magnificence directly that Yellowstone has to offer. As such, below are some tips how tourists can make the most out of their visit in this Wyoming marvel: 

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1. Getting up early!

In doing so, tourists will get to view some of the best wildlife scenes inside the park. It is during the morning when the visitor influx is not yet too high that the animals roam freely around its splendid landscapes. More than 60 mammal species—gray wolves, grizzly bears, lynxes, bison, and elk—call this place home.

2. Hiking! 
 
Hiking through the park can give tourists a more intimate experience with nature. There are more than 1,000 miles of enjoyable hiking trails available, and most of which offer stunning vistas of craggy hills, springs, woodlands, and geysers. 

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3. Stargazing! 
 
The park is rid of light pollution resulting in a clear view of the starry sky. On a clear night, millions of constellations party above the mountains. It could be an educational trip for kids and young adults who love the outdoors with or without the sun. 

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