Magazine article National Parks

Park Magic

Magazine article National Parks

Park Magic

Article excerpt

We emerged from the cozy lodge into bone-chilling cold. It was the last night of 2015, and we planned to ring in the centennial year of the National Park Service at Yellowstone National Park in front of Old Faithful. True to its name, the geyser sent a spray of hot water high into the air toward the moonless sky. When we raised our glasses for a toast, we found that our champagne had frozen solid.

I have visited quite a few national parks in my time at NPCA. I have seen grizzly bears up close, as they clammed along the shore in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. I have hiked in the dunes at Death Valley National Park and sailed off the coast of St. John, but standing beneath the stars at Yellowstone was one of my most transcendent park experiences.

We could hear the distant howls of coyotes; looking up, we had an unclouded view of the Milky Way.

This experience with NPCA's travel program made me think about the power of these places. …

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