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Grand Canyon National Park Celebrates Its 100th-Year BIRTHDAY Today — Happy Birthday.

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It shares a birthday with my other favorite National ParkAcadia.

That is how I know.

Strange. I haven’t seen anything in the media acknowledging this significant birthday.

I adore the Grand Canyon. I have visited it at least 8 times and know that I haven’t even scratched the surface. It takes my breath away each and every time without fail.

A natural wonder of the world.

Happy Birthday, the Grand Canyon National Park.

We need to be precise on this. The Canyon itself is much older. SMILE!


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100-Years Ago, Today, Acadia Graduated From Being A ‘National Monument’ To A ‘National Park’.

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Click image to access this post that EXPLAINS the transition from ‘National Monument’ to ‘National Park’.


Click to access the ‘WE WERE THERE’ post.


Well, first and foremost a fond Happy Birthday to a National Park we have visited 11-times (and counting).

Debatable as to what was the more significant centennial — the one in July 2016 when it became a National Monument or toady, when it was upgraded to a National Park.

The ‘Park’ itself commemorated the 2016 birthday. That made sense. Becoming a National Monument meant that it got ‘National’ status and protection. Plus, it was in July which made it a great time to celebrate. A bit difficult to have a birthday celebration in Acadia at the end of February.

But, let’s mark both.


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‘Canyon de Chelly’ — The National Monument Visitor Center From Above.

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From the same vantage point, i.e., the supposed ‘Navajo Long Walk’ memorial, as my last two Canyon de Chelly posts. The red structure, with the model hogan to its left is the Visitor Center. It has some interesting exhibits, is very welcoming and offers free Indian tea. The road to Chinle is to the right. Left is the way to the ‘Thunderbird Lodge‘ and the South Rim. The three cars you see, at the Stop sign, are on the North Rim road.


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Political Fourth (4th) of July 2016 Google Doodle — Highlighting The ‘Now Under Threat’ National Parks.

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Some of you who are not political junkies, like I, may not realize that the entire U.S. ‘National Park Service‘ ideal is under threat from Trump who plans to drastically cut funding and ‘de-classify’ many of the currently protected ‘National Monuments‘.

This Doodle, from invariably ‘Politically Correct‘ and very Liberal Google appears to be taking a dig, quite rightly, at the present Administration in D.C.


4th of July Google Doodles from years past.

2016 — A Festive 4th.

2015 — unique in that it did not have the word ‘Google’ in it.

2014.

Prior years.


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Standing Of Maine’s Recently Formed “Katahdin Woods and Waters” National Monument Threatened By Trump’s Executive Order.

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This is a consequence of the Executive Order signed by Trump last week to have the validity and status of the number of National Monuments reexamined — since a President can create a National Monument on their own without Congressional approval.

This monument was created by President Obama less than a year ago, on August 24, 2016.

Republicans in Maine hate it — because it was Obama and because they want no federal interference.

This could get ugly.

Shame. I have never been. It is way far North than I have yet travelled in Maine. Acadia is about my limit.


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Acadia National Park Centennial In July 2016 Three-Years Too Premature!

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As I posted here 2-days ago the ‘National Park Service’ (NPS) on their Website has this banner proclaiming ‘Acadia National Park‘, 1916 — 2016, Centennial.

That, however, is a bit of poetic license — and I am sure the NPS knows that Acadia has NOT been a National Park for 100 years — as yet!

On July 8, 1916 the area south of Bar Harbor was established as the Sieur de Monts National Monument. Not a park, but a Monument — as is the case with ‘Canyon de Chelly‘, one of my most favorite places in the world, ever. See below for the distinction between the two.

It only became a park on Wednesday, February 26, 1919.
[Kind of ironic. Though this ‘creation’ would have happened in Washington, D.C., this would have been the dead of winter at the Park per se.]

It was the SAME DAY that the ‘Grand Canyon‘ was also established. So that is special.

But it was NOT called ‘Acadia’ in 1919! That only came to be 10 years later, on January 19, 1929. It was created as ‘Lafayette National Park‘. Here is the NPS brochure to ‘Lafayette National Park’ from 1921.

On page 3 of the brochure you can see this:

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Interesting description of the Park. Doesn’t make it sound that appealing to visit.


Wikipedia sums it all up quite succinctly.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link above to access Wikipedia entry for the Park.



Distinction between a National Monument and a National Park.

Click each image to ENLARGE and read here.

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What the ‘National Park Service’ says. At: http://www.nps.gov/cong/faqs.htm

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The ‘Sierra Club’ has a ‘better’ description. From: vault.sierraclub.org/planet/199611/nationalpark.asp


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