Tioga Pass Entrance

If you are a fan of the US National Parks, 2016 marks to 100th Anniversary of the NPS (National Park Service). Without these national treasures, visited by people worldwide, our planet would be a sorry place indeed.

“The Centennial will kick off a second century of stewardship of America’s national parks through recreation, conservation and historic preservation programs.” (Yosemite Guide 6/22-7/26, 2016)

August 25th is the official anniversary date! If you happen to be in Yosemite, there will be activities and events commemorating the event. Visit Yosemite Guide online for more information.

These photos were submitted for two photography challenges: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge Cherry On Top and for Norm 2.0’s Thursday Doors.

What makes this a “cherry on top” moment is the mere fact that National Parks are vitally important to our heritage as Americans. The flag in the photo is a symbol of America and its positive influence on society.

My love for the national parks and Yosemite, in particular, can be attributed to this man, my dad! His “cherry on top” moment was not only catching this fish in the Dana Fork of the Tuolumne River in Tuolumne Meadows, but celebrating his 80th birthday here!

Still Fishing at 80

Without his love for the outdoors and our summer vacations to Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks, our family would not have been exposed to camping, recreation and the need to be present in nature.

I would love to hear about any visits you might have made to a National Park this year.

These photos were taken by my new,  “cherry-colored” Canon digital camera.

red camera

Thank you for visiting today!

21 thoughts on “Commemorative Cherry on Top

  1. We are doing west coast National Parks next year. I may check out some state parks too! Thank you so much for linking at #overthemoon! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #WonderfulWednesday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Don’t forget to comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured! Pinned and shared.


  2. Wow, for someone who loves the outdoors celebrating their 80th b’day at Yosemite must’ve been a great experience. Cheers from Finland!


  3. Hi Terri! Yes! Happy Birthday to the NPS! We are so, so fortunate that who had the ability to make it happen, helped to create such beauty for us all. The only NP I’ve been to so far this year is Joshua Tree National Park because it is close to where we live. But who knows when we come up towards you in September. I’ve never been to Tuolumne Meadows so who knows! And congrats on your new pick camera! ~Kathy


  4. Its nice to see your Dad looking healthy and happy at 80! I haven’t been to a national park in years-I have to add it to my bucket list. We do have lovely state parks, which are easier and closer to home!


  5. Great post Terri. Before I leave this earth I’m planning to visit as many of the Canadian and US national parks as possible. It is vital that we preserve and protect these magical places for future generations.


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