Tag Archive: National Park

Jun 24

Tallgrass Prairie Natural Preserve: Kansas  

Set in the rolling Flint Hills of Kansas is the tallgrass prairie last hope.  Once covering 170 million acres of North American land the tallgrass prairie is down to less than 4%.  The Tallgrass Prairie Nature Preserve protects 11,000 acres of that once vast sea of grass.  It gives its visitors a chance to walk …

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Mar 20

Washita Battle Site: Hike

While there is much to learn at the Washita Battlefield no trip would be complete without a hike to the site of Black Kettle’s Village.  Just a short drive a half mile from the visitor center on Highway 47A.  While there is not much to be seen on the hike.  I found it important to …

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Mar 20

Washita Battlefield National Historic Site: Oklahoma

I find it important to know about the past.  The tragedies and the triumphs.  The Washita Battlefield National Historic Site preserves one of the great tragedies in American History. At dawn on November 27th 1868 Lt Col Custer attacked the Southern Cheyenne village of Peace Chief Black Kettle. This Oklahoma National Historic Site is located …

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Jan 09

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site: Topeka, Kansas

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic site showcases a pivotal point in American History.  On the grounds of what used to be Monroe Elementary School.  One of the four segregated elementary schools for African Americans in Topeka in the early 1950s.  This historic site helps explain the background for the Supreme Court’s landmark decision …

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Nov 21

Desert View Watchtower: Grand Canyon National Park

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Like a lone sentinel keeping watch of the east entrance to one of the grandest views around.  The Desert View Watchtower perches over the South Rim of the Grand Canyon just as the Colorado River tracks north into the scenic desert landscape of Arizona.  The Desert View Watchtower seems like an ancient relic of the …

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Oct 25

Lehardy Rapids: Yellowstone National Park

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One of our last stops to Yellowstone National Park was Lehardy Rapids.  We were heading out through the East Entrance saw it on the map and decided make the drive over.  The Lehardy Rapids is a section of the Yellowstone River that turns to whitewater as the river bed lowers.  Located just three miles north …

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Sep 29

Firehole Cascades: Yellowstone National Park

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Firehole Cascades is a twenty-foot drop off the Firehole River.  A small raging cascade that makes a nice little conclusion to the Firehole Canyon Drive.  Located along the canyon drive the Firehole Cascades is just another of the many roadside waterfalls that can be found in Yellowstone National Park. Located just south from Madison and …

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Sep 26

Animals of Yellowstone

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America’s Serengeti.   The animals of Yellowstone National Park make up the largest concentration of wildlife in the contiguous United States.  Nowhere in the lower United States is there a better chance to catch the interaction between predator and prey relationships on such a large scale.  Now realistically is there a chance you will see wolves …

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Sep 22

Crecelius Cascade: Yellowstone National Park

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Crecelius Cascade is one of the many unmarked waterfalls found in Yellowstone National Park.  In fact, some have said that Yellowstone has the most waterfalls per square miles in the world.  With over 300 waterfalls and counting many of them unnamed and off any marked trails Yellowstone is a waterfall hunter’s paradise.  Crecelius Cascade like …

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Sep 21

Mammoth Hot Springs Historic District: Yellowstone National Park

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To take a walk through history is to take a stroll through Mammoth Hot Springs Historic District.  This area of the National Park really hits home the fact that Yellowstone is really old.  It is hard to imagine but in 1886 the U.S. Army marched into Mammoth Hot Springs to protect Yellowstone’s natural resources.  So …

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