Who knew that my backyard would celebrate its 100-year anniversary?
That’s right, I consider Yosemite National Park to be MY backyard, although it may be a little far away from my actual house.
Because of the efforts of visionary leaders like Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir, the National Park Service was created to preserve and protect public lands for all Americans and other visitors from around the globe.
That technically makes any national park my backyard. And yours as well. So go out and play in it!
Now for some more photos.
I love the body language of my brother-in-law in the next image, as he experiences his first-ever visit to Yosemite’s Tuolumne Meadows.
I am busy as a bee these last two weeks of August so I have combined several blog and photo challenges into one fabulously encompassing post.
- The photo of Yosemite’s (ex) Ahwahnee Hotel is for Norm 2.0 Thursday Doors challenge.
- All the photos depict the theme of Rare in the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.
- Three quotes about Yosemite and outdoors are submitted for the three day, three quote challenge (this is my third and final). My theme was the Olympics, but now that the summer games are over, a quote is included with a photo of Olympic National Park.
National Parks are home to hotels and other vendors to enhance visitors’ experiences. This photo of the Majestic Yosemite Hotel (previously known as the Ahwahnee Hotel) shows one of their many back doors.
In another post, I mention the contract dispute that affected the traditional names of certain landmark venues in Yosemite Valley.
To continue the centennial celebration of the NPS, I found this next photo. Olympic National Park occupies most of the Olympic Peninsula in the Northwest corner of Washington State. Original image courtesy of Pixabay.
In celebration of another anniversary, I can truthfully say that I have visited Yosemite 25 times in my lifetime, making 2016 my Silver anniversary. For another National Park Service Anniversary post, click here.
By the way, did you know that entrance fees to all national parks is waived today through August 28th? Go find one to play in (and save $30)!