Monthly Archives: April 2012

Fire at Delicate Arch

September 2000.  The Summer Olympics open in Sydney, Australia.  Microsoft releases Windows Me.  New York celebrates the last care-free 9/11.  And Michael Fatali starts a fire at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. Delicate Arch is iconic.  So iconic, in … Continue reading

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National Park mugs

In the fall of 2010, my girlfriend Dondra decided to start collecting mugs from our national parks.  Magnets would have been easier to transport, store, and keep intact, not to mention cheaper to purchase, but Dondra had decided to collect … Continue reading

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St Louis Arch

If you’re like most Americans, you know exactly what you’re looking at when you see a picture of the silver, towering, improbably slender arch situated on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri.  But you might not … Continue reading

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Lake Ouachita, Arkansas

The fourth of July was fast approaching.  And with it, a three day weekend.  We made plans to escape.  To go somewhere, anywhere, that wasn’t Houston. My buddy Shane and I were stuck in Houston as part of a work … Continue reading

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Funding our National Parks

The National Park Service may be the most under-funded segment of the Federal Government.   Well, to be honest, I haven’t compared their meager funding to any other group, and what is or isn’t the most under-funded federal entity is all … Continue reading

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Boy Scouts and Frogs

“We probably caught a hundred thousand frogs this morning.” “Well, that is quite a few,” my father replied.  He looked me and my buddy, Chris, up and down.  “It looks like you’ve taken the lake’s entire stock of mud as … Continue reading

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Apostrophes, formation, and parachuting at Devils Tower

The first thing to know about Devils Tower is that it was the first national monument in the United States, established by Teddy Roosevelt in 1906.  The second thing to know is that there is no apostrophe in the word … Continue reading

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