Free Week at National Parks

America’s Best Idea – the national parks – is getting better with another great idea this spring…FREE entrance to the parks during the week of April 17-25.  That means you have a whole week to bring the family and explore these wild and scenic beauties without having to pay to get in. If you’ve never been to a national park, try something new.  If you haven’t been in awhile, why not revisit a favorite place.  Either way, I recommend you take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.  Make it a family affair and discover the wonders of nature together.

I once heard a boy of around 12, as he stood looking over the rim of the Grand Canyon, ask his parents, “What’s the big deal, it’s just a big hole?”  That was almost 10 years ago, so hopefully with the passing of time, he now appreciates the big deal.  Take my advice and drag the complainers.  It will leave lasting impressions and there is a little gem everywhere if one is willing to look.

As I look out of my window at this bleak and stormy spring day, I want to suggest that you do not travel from afar to come and see Glacier National Park during the freebie.  Wait until summertime.  Spring in my opinion is not the best time to visit the park as the weather is quite unpredictable and often rainy.  The plowing of the Sun Rd. has only recently begun and barely 17 miles of the 50 mile scenic alpine highway is open to vehicles.  Some roadways are still covered in ice and just today crews have reported blizzard – like conditions in some areas. If you wait until the road completely opens later this season, you’ll have the chance to experience Glacier in all its splendor.  I personally am fond of July.  McDonald Creek is roaring, the Weeping Wall is gushing,  wildflowers are abundant, and there is still snow at Logan Pass.

This is how the Weeping Wall looked July 19, 2009

In closing, I urge you to visit a national park this April if you can.  I’ve never been disappointed by any of them. Each one is unique and you can always find comfort in nature.

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