Protecting a neighborhood could change the world. Protecting a national park could save an entire ecosystem—something else I told my staff. We were in the “parks are forever business.”
I once lived underneath the last home of Edgar Allan Poe.
“As my husband and I drove through the Texas Panhandle, the bobbing and clacking of the pump jacks, oil derricks, greeted us...We hadn’t realized previously that Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the United States. We drove down to our primitive campsite in the Cactus Camp Area for the night.”
“The Main Park Road through the western side of Lassen Volcanic National Park twists and rises through 3,500 feet, with breathtaking vistas on all sides. I white-knuckled it behind a steering wheel on my first morning there.”
I balance my bicycle between my legs, front wheel turning heavily towards the woods. There are wild raspberries in my hand. Dad smiles. I reach for more; red ripe fruit hides under the wide leaves. Sunshine has reached through the aspen canopy of green. There is a glow around us like light in a cathedral of trees. Dad’s voice changes in the woods. We seem to stand on holy ground.
“In 2017, at the age of 70, I hiked from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail; I fell down more times than I had fallen when I was a toddler learning to walk. I also spent more time alone than I ever had before. The relationship between those two experiences is worth pondering.”
Our April poetry series inspired us to consider anew the significance of public lands and the many moving landscapes in the world, from coast to canyon. Our appreciation of natural space has deepened in a varied, surprising way each day. Thanks to all poets who submitted their creative work to Parks and Points and Poetry 2019!
We are delighted to host our third annual poetry series.
Enjoy the winning essays from our fall writing contest.
The federal government has entered a partial shutdown on 12.22. This means there are some major changes to access to public lands, including NPS and Forest Service lands and sites. Here are 9 things to know:
The greatest, best, and most beautiful place I've ever car camped was on top of a cliff in the Buffalo Gap National Grassland. Here's what you need to know.