Friday, February 13, 2009

It's a Pine; No, It's a Fir; No, It's a Spruce; No, Wait,

It's a National Park Service-Approved Cell Tower!

Another reason it's good to be back. Much as I have been impressed by New Zealand's Te Papa Atawhai (Department of Conservation)--and it is impressive--they have far, far less to address, culturally, naturally, and historically, than our own NPS. Despite it's ups and downs, ins and outs, backs and forths, and backs, I have held the NPS in the highest regard and affection ever since my first ranger-led hike, in 1970, in the Tetons. Getting to know NPS pros like Michael Ober, Deirdre Shaw, and Lyndel Meikle in recent years has only increased my esteem.

Do they decorate the "trees" at Xmas?

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