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Pinnacles National Park

Sami enjoys the views from the Bear Gulch Trail. California once was- and still is in some parts- a hotbed of volcanic activity. Combine that with faulting and years of weathering and erosion, and you get the amazing Pinnacles National Park. Pinnacles is relatively new to the national park family. It was designated America's 59th… Continue reading Pinnacles National Park

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Meadow or Field: Nature-Watching at Yosemite

According to the National Park Service, a 'meadow is an ecosystem type composed of one or more plant communities dominated by herbaceous species. It supports plants that use surface water and/or shallow ground water.’ Meadows support many diverse species, and can be indicators of the health of the hydrology of a watershed. For example, Tuolumne… Continue reading Meadow or Field: Nature-Watching at Yosemite

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Tioga Road Trails

Sami walking along Tenaya Lake off California 120 My favorite entrance to Yosemite National Park is consistently the eastern entrance, about 12 miles from Lee Vining on California 120, the Tioga Road. This road is in the High Sierra, and connects U.S. 395 to Yosemite National Park. The road continues west into the park and… Continue reading Tioga Road Trails

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National Parks Week 2021

Exploring in Petrified Forest National Park Every year, by presidential proclamation, we celebrate National Parks Week, recognizing the impact that national parks have in preserving the important natural, cultural, and historic resources of our nation. It's no secret that I love national parks. The collection of junior ranger badges that I've collected- along with my… Continue reading National Parks Week 2021

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Biscayne Bay

Biscayne Bay is a spectacular body of water, it's bright blue-green waves extending from the shores of Miami down to the northernmost Florida Keys. The bay covers approximately 428 square miles. It is a shallow estuary, the largest in southeast Florida, and contiguous with Florida Bay and the Everglades. Port Miami, Florida's second largest port… Continue reading Biscayne Bay