Theodore Roosevelt was a major player in creating our wonderful national parks. During his presidency he set aside almost 200 million acres for national forests, reserves and wildlife refuges. Thanks to his love of nature and his determination to protect our lands for future generations, my family and I had the pleasure of visiting 10 National Park and Memorials.
Our first visit was to the Badlands National Park. We enjoy the beautiful weather and the stunning views. We took a few short hikes and visited the prairie dog village.
On our way to Custer State Park we stopped by to see a few famous faces.
We went inside one of the largest cave systems, Jewel Cave. The map we are looking at is what they have discovered so far inside the cave.
On the way to our next big stop we stopped to hike around Devils Tower.
The highlight of our vacation was Yellowstone.
|Yellowstone's Grand Canyon|
|Arches National Park|
So I leave you with some wise words of Theodore Roosevelt and hope that his wisdom continues on so that my great grandchild will some day be able to see such beauty with their own eyes.
"Defenders of the short-sighted men who in their greed and selfishness will, if permitted, rob our country of half its charm by their reckless extermination of all useful and beautiful wild things sometimes seek to champion them by saying the 'the game belongs to the people.' So it does; and not merely to the people now alive, but to the unborn people. The 'greatest good for the greatest number' applies to the number within the womb of time, compared to which those now alive form but an insignificant fraction. Our duty to the whole, including the unborn generations, bids us restrain an unprincipled present-day minority from wasting the heritage of these unborn generations. The movement for the conservation of wild life and the larger movement for the conservation of all our natural resources are essentially democratic in spirit, purpose, and method." Theodore Roosevelt