National Parks: The Greatest American Invention

August 23, 2015

Ahhh, the sound of grizzly bears fighting over salmon in a tidal pool. Incredible! When you listen to those grizzly bears you are listening to one of the greatest, if not thee greatest, resource American has. It’s land. William Cronon says our land IS who we are. So it makes since, that in the 19th century a bold and visionary invention was created: the National Park.

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Great program, except for the last segment (6). NPR has become insidious & fanatically biased. Its become, really tiresome. Regardless, well worth a listen, thru segment five (5). Nothing worth hearing, after that. So listen, switch OFF and get OUT . . . . experience nature & the REAL world! Support our National Parks & wildlife areas!

My all-time favorite national park is Big Bend National Park, located in west Texas. The terrain is varied, the wild life and plant life are varied. It is so isolated from human surroundings that at night you can see the Milky Way and many great views of the constellations visible in the northern hemisphere, such as Orion, Ursa Major, and Ursa Minor. The southern border of the park is the Rio Grande river. The climate is generally mild. You have to carry your own water.