Independence Day 2016 – “There is nothing so American as our national parks”, Franklin D. Roosevelt

History of the National Park Service “National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst” – Wallace Stegner With the National Park Service commemorating its centennial in August, it seemed like an excellent opportunity for us to celebrate all things “national park” […]

WAnderlust Series: Celebrating the National Park Service

The National Park Service is today celebrating its 99th year – Happy Birthday NPS!! The NPS was established by Congress on the 25th August 1916 by virtue of the Organic Act, with a statutory mission “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of […]

Lassen Volcanic Nat’l Park – Edge of the world wilderness and my favourite National Park. So far…

The U.S. National Park Service will celebrate its centennial next year on the 25 August, having been established by President Woodrow Wilson under the Organic Act of 1916. The precursor to this government agency was the proclamation of Devils Tower in Wyoming as the first National Monument by Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, and the dedication […]

Go nuts for national SQUIRREL month!

It is difficult not to love squirrels – they are just simply AWESOME! Big bushy tails, relentless nut foraging, endearing nut hiding/losing – what is there not to love?! My love of squirrels was fuelled three-fold during our recent trip to California, where the State just seems to be overrun by these adorable little critters. […]