I’ve been fortunate enough to visit several of our major National Parks and Monuments this summer– Arches National Park, Escalante National Monument, Capitol Reef National Park, Mesa Verde, and now Yellowstone. (Touring these parks is kind of an expansive version of a staycation for us westerners.)
I wonder what kind of charismatic megafauna we’ll see–moose? A bear? A cougar? I haven’t seen a cougar up close and personal since I almost stepped on one’s tail in Strathcona Provincial Park in British Columbia in 1997. It was the one time in my life when I was left literally speechless, and could only gesture to the giant tail and the terrific haunches to which it was attached. I can probably live happily without coming that close to a cougar ever again.
Last fall, I was at Canyonlands, and my local National Park too. I think that’s something of a national parks and monuments personal best. If we hit Grand Teton this week, that will make 8 national parks or monuments in 10 months. That all-parks pass will turn out to have been quite the bargain!
While I’m hobnobbing with the Geyser Gazers and the cast-’n-blast crowd up in the northern Rockies, you behave yourselves and enjoy the rest of your summers. (I hope that few of you are like me, and face your first classes on August 20! That’s practically five whole weeks of the “fall” semester before it’s actually autumn.)