Let me begin with a short history of the National Park Service on this post.On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson created the National Park Service to place the management of National Parks and Monuments under one agency. It was then that the first National Park established in 1872, Yellowstone, together with 34 other national parks and monuments, were placed under the protection of the National Park Service. Since then, the US National Park System has grown to more than 450 areas designated as National Parks, National Monuments, National Memorials, National Military Parks, National Historic Sites, National Recreation Areas, National Seashores, among other things. Thanks to artist George Catlin, who planted the idea in the minds of the country’s leaders, the country’s natural resources are being preserved for everyone to appreciate today and in the future. My and my husband’s travel itineraries in the past did not usually include the National Parks of the State we are visiting. But then, in the Fall of 2012, we went to Rainbow Bridge National Monument, and my husband acquired a copy of a Passport to National Parks booklet. Ever since, National Parks became a regular in our travel itineraries. This week, it will be my pleasure to greet the National Park Service a 100th Happy Birthday, and to share the beauty of the National Parks hubby and I had been to.
P.S. Go, find your park!