Here is the ExtraordinaryFew nations can boast 58 NationalParks like the USA.I have confined my tour to thosevisited, plus one put on my wish list.All located in California or adjacentand encroaching.Alaska & California have the mostwith eight each.
Yosemite National ParkLocated Southern California withincredible scenery, flora and faunawhich lives in harmony with thehuman visitors, provided welladopted rules are followed.The Ranger service, which is anational body exercise great careand attention to ensure safety.
DimensionThis park is roughly the size of theU.S. State of Rhode Island andcontains thousands of lakes andponds.95% is designated ‘Wilderness’.Yosemite Valley covers 1% and thisis where most visitors arrive andstay.They recorded 4 million in 2011
WaterfallsYosemite is famous for its highconcentration of waterfalls in a smallarea.The ‘Yosemite Falls’ is the highest at2,425 feet whilst the ‘Ribbon Falls’has the longest vertical drop at1,612 feet
Wildlife AboundsThe following slides depicts a limitedexample of the species found.Hunting is prohibited albeit theirsanctuary, safety and protection isafforded by the wilderness aspecttogether with the officers of the‘National Park Service’.
Grand CanyonContinuing the tour our next visittakes us to the Grand Canyon.Truly awe inspiring in its size andscale.So diverse and obviously difficult totraverse on foot.But mind boggling
Considered one of the SevenNatural Wonders of the WorldFor thousands of years, the area hasbeen continuously inhabited byNative Americans who builtsettlements in its many caves.The Pueblo people considered theGrand Canyon a holy site and madepilgrimages to it
Preservation of the SpeciesTo date endeavouring to maintainthe Condors within California theU.S. authorities have spent 35milliondollars.Considered a good investment andsupported by the visiting tourists.Note – These birds have an averagewing span of 12 feet.
Yellowstone National ParkEstablished by U.S. Congress andsigned into law by President UlyssesS. Grant on March 1st 1872.Widely held to be the first nationalpark in the world.Despite its established status littlewas implemented to protect it formany years.
YellowstoneMy favourite Park.John Muir, a Scots born immigrantpersuaded Teddy Roosevelt tosafeguard this unique area andpreserve its natural beauty formankind by legislation, hence theprotection afforded by the NationalPark Service.
Lower Basin AreaThis area is subject to geothermalactivity which draws visitors mainlyto view the exquisite display ofcolours erupting from the ground andthe various named geysers.The Park Rangers constantly warnthese visitors ‘Stick to the ApprovedPathways’.
WolvesWolves were re-introduced to thepark in an effort to maintain thebalance of nature as predators andthus curtail the culling of deer.Surrounding Ranchers have rebelledand constantly illegally slaughter,when afforded the opportunity.The Bison also drift from the Park.
Odd AttractionsDevil’s Cornfield. Thickly clumpedstems of arrowweed form the ’cornshocks’.A popular nearby area is the ‘Devil’sGolf Course’, a rocky, salt encrustedarea where only the devil could playgolf
Sequoia Park Attraction‘The Tunnel Log’ is a tunnel cutthrough a fallen giant sequoia tree.The tree which measured 274 feettall and 21 feet in diameter, fellacross the park in 1937.A tunnel was cut 8 feet tall and 21feet wide to make the road passable.