National Parks With T’s Top 2019 Posts

Welcome back to National Parks & other public lands with T! Happy New Year! As we put 2019 behind us and open the book on 2020, I’d like to do a year-in-review post. It’s been a great second year here on the blog, with 163 posts, over 11,000 visitors and over 1000 people following along on the journey. I am grateful for and humbled by your support.

Here are the top ten most popular posts from 2019 (you can click on each title to go to the original post):

10. Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Newfound Gap & Clingman’s Dome Road DSC05255

9. Capitol Reef National Park: Scenic DriveIMG_8985

8. Glacier National Park:Many Glacier Hotel TourIMG_2337

7. Grand Canyon National Park: Yavapai Point IMG_6906

6. Zion National Park: Scout LookoutIMG_8413

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4. Coconino National Forest: Devil’s Bridge

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3.Capitol Reef National Park: Panorama PointIMG_8990

2. Wild and Scenic Rogue River: Hellgate Canyon

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1. Glacier National Park: Grinell Glacier Trail 

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Park Related Books I Read in 2019

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A blogger I follow, Ken Dowell, recently posted his top six books of 2019. That gave me the idea to look at the books I’ve read this year and rate the ones related to public lands. I completed my Goodreads challenge of 38 books read for the year, up from 32 in 2018.

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Three of the 38 were related to National Parks and one to a National Forest. When we are traveling to our vacation destinations by plane, I like to download a novel about that place to read on the journey. Alas, I was in the midst of a 1000 page fantasy epic on our flight to Hawaii this year, but I managed to get in a viewing of Moana with my daughter to get into the Aloha spirit.

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Have you ever read a book about, or set in a National Park? Would you recommend it? Here are the ones I read this year, in no particular order:


My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie  hanilton

This is a work of historical fiction, but a very well-researched, compelling one. Not having a small fortune to spend on the Broadway production of Hamilton, this was a more accessible way to form a connection to our founding fathers and the birth of our nation. I especially liked that it was told from Eliza’s point of view.

The authors discuss their sources at the end of the book and they did travel to many of the sites where the events took place, such as Saratoga, Morristown and The Grange. After reading the novel, I saw that the Grange was putting on an Eliza-focused event for Women’s History month and I made sure to attend.


 

Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr

This is the first in a series of 19 books about the adventures of Anna Pigeon, a National catPark Service Law Enforcement Ranger. Each novel is a mystery which Anna must solve within the confines of a national park and its community.

Track of the Cat is Anna’s first assignment to Guadalupe Mountains National Park in West Texas. There she must solve the puzzle behind the mysterious death of a fellow ranger.

Nevada Barr was a Park Ranger herself and created the character of Anna Pigeon when she was working in Guadalupe NP. Her descriptive imagery of the terrain, wildlife and the insider view of the NPS can only have come from firsthand experience.

I have not yet been to any of the Texas parks, but my friends Scott and Tiff over at Raven About The Parks have blogged about Guadalupe. You can see that post here.


Dark Divide and Badlands Witch by Carrie Vaughn

darkThese paranormal novellas are very loosely tied to public lands. An ex-con retired from vampire hunting and the centuries old witch who shares his consciousness travel to Donner Pass to help a Tahoe National Forest Ranger solve the mystery behind another ranger’s death…was it the ghosts of the Donner Party?

I don’t have pictures, but I have been through Donner Pass. A friend and I were traveling for our company many years ago. The plan was to start off in our Reno stores and then drive to Sacramento to rendezvous with a district manager. A sudden snowstorm in the pass trapped us in a fleabag motel in Reno for the night. Rather than risk the specter of starvation and cannibalism in a Sierra Nevada blizzard, we shared a room, pushed a dresser against the door and slept with one eye open until the sun rose the next day.

In Badlands Witch, the duo heads to the Badlands to solve another supernatural murderbad mystery. These books are fun, quick reads that are more about immersing the reader in the Kitty-verse (these characters are a spin-off from the Kitty Norville series) than in the landscape, but the author did do her research to make sure she got the vibe right.

Carrie Vaughn posted about her Badlands research trip here. She also visited Deadwood and Custer State Park.

 


Happy New Year!

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NationalParksWithT Store: Two Medicine Campaign ends today

 

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Hello Readers! Thanks so much for your support over the past two years. I’m so glad you have, on occasion, found my posts interesting or useful in planning your own adventures. Our archives have grown considerably…I could have deleted older posts and photos to keep the WordPress hosting free, but then the site would no longer be a comprehensive resource. I was happy to move the site, about a year ago to the business platform with unlimited space, since interacting with all of you has brought me joy.

Unfortunately, my position was eliminated last month, so now I must turn to other means to keep this site running. Rather than bombard you with affiliate links or a Go Fund Me plea, I’ve created a store on Bonfire to afford followers the opportunity to purchase  products using this bnw image of Two Medicine in Glacier National Park while supporting this blog at the same time.

A huge shout out to my sister for being my first customer! Thanks for shopping and happy exploring!

https://www.bonfire.com/store/national-parks-with-t/

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NationalParksWithT Store: One Week Left in Two Medicine Campaign

 

2medpop7

Hello Readers! Thanks so much for your support over the past two years. I’m so glad you have, on occasion, found my posts interesting or useful in planning your own adventures. Our archives have grown considerably…I could have deleted older posts and photos to keep the WordPress hosting free, but then the site would no longer be a comprehensive resource. I was happy to move the site, about a year ago to the business platform with unlimited space, since interacting with all of you has brought me joy.

Unfortunately, my position was eliminated last month, so now I must turn to other means to keep this site running. Rather than bombard you with affiliate links or a Go Fund Me plea, I’ve created a store on Bonfire to afford followers the opportunity to purchase  products using this bnw image of Two Medicine in Glacier National Park while supporting this blog at the same time.

A huge shout out to my sister for being my first customer! Thanks for shopping and happy exploring!

https://www.bonfire.com/store/national-parks-with-t/

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NationalParksWithT Store

 

2medpop7

Hello Readers! Thanks so much for your support over the past two years. I’m so glad you have, on occasion, found my posts interesting or useful in planning your own adventures. Our archives have grown considerably…I could have deleted older posts and photos to keep the WordPress hosting free, but then the site would no longer be a comprehensive resource. I was happy to move the site, about a year ago to the business platform with unlimited space, since interacting with all of you has brought me joy.

Unfortunately, my position was eliminated last month, so now I must turn to other means to keep this site running. Rather than bombard you with affiliate links or a Go Fund Me plea, I’ve created a store on Bonfire to afford followers the opportunity to purchase  products using this bnw image of Two Medicine in Glacier National Park while supporting this blog at the same time.

A huge shout out to my sister for being my first customer! Thanks for shopping and happy exploring!

https://www.bonfire.com/store/national-parks-with-t/

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Happy 70th to the National Trust for Historic Preservation!

IMG_2337Welcome back to National Parks & other public lands with T! If you are seeing this on Twitter or Facebook, please visit the blog to see all of the photos and read the story by clicking the link.

IMG_2737On October 26, 1949, the National Trust for Historic Preservation was founded with the goal of saving America’s historic places. The trust maintains 27 sites around the country which are open to the public and has contributed to the restoration of hundreds of other places.IMG_2688

As a member, I receive a copy of Preservation magazine and discounted admission to the 27 sites operated by the Trust, including Lyndhurst which I reviewed here. We’ve also toured Many Glacier Hotel…the Trust was instrumental in helping to raise the funds to save this historic National Park Lodge from sliding off its foundations into the lake.

Happy anniversary and thanks for all you do!