A Rare Anniversary: National Park Service Celebrates 100 Years

Columbine flower found at alpine altitudes

Nature has always something rare to show us… - John Muir

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.

NPS Centennial Logo
public domain image from NPS

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.

These are the people’s parks owned by young and old. - Harry S Truman


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.

Clever, eh?

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.

Majestic Yosemite Hotel, once known as the Ahwahnee Hotel.


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.

The primary duty of the National Park Service is to protect the national parks and national monuments under its jurisdiction and keep them as nearly in their natural state as this can be done… - Stephen Mather

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)!


44 Comments on “A Rare Anniversary: National Park Service Celebrates 100 Years

  1. Your photos are a-maz-ing!!! if anyone needs to understand what is meant by the term “national treasures,” they need only check out this post. Wonderful!

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  2. I have never been to yosemite. My grandmother tried to take me on a road trip one summer, but then had some health complications halfway through and so we turned around and headed home. Will definitely have to give it another try with my daughters when they are a little older! 🙂

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  3. Terri, I’m blushing as I confess I’ve never been to a national park. They’re definitely on my bucket list. As an East Coaster, I’m very remiss at checking out the glories of the west. Thanks for the reminder.

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  4. As you can imagine… I LOVE this post! Your photos are awesome, especially for someone like me, who may never get to visit such an amazing place! Thank you so much for sharing, Terri!


  5. You have an AMAZING Backyard! Have never been to Yosemite but it is on my list. Happy Silver Anniversary.

    PS. The Captain LOVES that he has been granted a lifetime membership to the National Parks for $10 since turning 62.


  6. Nice post. I really enjoyed watching the 6-episode series on PBS by Ken Burns and Duncan Dayton on “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea”.


  7. Wow! Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos Terri. How lucky you are to have access to such beautiful parks. 🙂


  8. Beautiful photos, Terri. I’m must watching one of the special National Geographic shows on the Everglades right now, followed by Yellowstone, and then the Grand Canyon. Yosemite was one of the programs last night.



  9. Well, you know how I feel about our National Parks! I am so grateful that the original idea of establishing a park system was supported and allowed to flourish. $30 is great, but I like our senior pass even better! $12 One time fee for anyone 62 or over. I don’t qualify yet 😄 but hubby does! We hope to get to Olympic National Park next year. Great photos Terri.


  10. Just gorgeous Terri I want to visit! I love your photography and nature is always the best model isn’t she? Have a beautiful day and happy anniversary to You both and of course to the National Park.


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