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To defend the port of San Juan, construction began on this fort in 1539 and continued through close to the turn of the century. The style is very similar to many found built by the Spanish throughout the Caribbean. The complex was designated at a National Historic Site in 1949. ⠀ ⠀ 📍: Castillo San Felipe del Morro "El Morro" @sanjuannps , San Juan, Puerto Rico⠀ 📅 : January 2015⠀ ⠀ #nationalparkgeek #IBrakeForBrownSigns #smallparksaturday
Manzanar is most widely known as the site of one of ten American concentration camps where over 110,000 Japanese Americans were interned during World War II from December 1942 to 1945. Located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada in California's Owens Valley between the towns of Lone Pine to the south and Independence to the north, it is approximately 230 miles north of Los Angeles. Manzanar (which means "apple orchard" in Spanish) was identified by the United States National Park Service as the best-preserved of the former camp sites, and is now the Manzanar National Historic Site, which preserves and interprets the legacy of Japanese American incarceration in the United States. [wikipedia]⠀ ⠀ 📍: Manzanar National Historic Site⠀ 📅 : May 2017⠀ ⠀ #nationalparkgeek #IBrakeForBrownSigns #travel #explore #nightphotography#getolympus #gonetrippin_mountain
Happy Birthday, Fort Smith National Historic Site!⠀ ⠀ The site was established on this day in 1961 in order to protect the remains of two 19th-century U.S. military forts, including a building which once housed the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas. Fort Smith was also notable as a major stop along the "Trail of Tears."⠀ ⠀ 📍: Fort Smith National Historic Site, AR⠀ 📅 : April 2015⠀ ⠀ #nationalparkgeek #IBrakeForBrownSigns #travel #explore #learn ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ ⠀ #findyourpark#WeAreParks#FYPyes#nps102#ShareTheExperience#npcapics#goparks#usparksandmonuments#NationalParkLife#nationalpark#nationalparks#nationalparkservice#npcollective#protectingparks#nationalparkobsessed#thenationalparkspass#NatlParkPodcast#publiclandsalliance#thegreatoutdoors#americasbestidea#parksoflife#history#historyfacts#historygeek
Where the limestone substrate has given way to circular solution holes, it is common to find a cluster of cypress trees growing in the shape of a dome, with larger trees in the middle and smaller trees all around. Cypress strands occur where the cypress trees grow in an elongate, linear shape, parallel with the flow of water. In areas of less-favorable growing conditions, stunted cypress trees, called dwarf cypress, grow thinly distributed in poor soil on drier land. (nps)⠀ ⠀ 📍: Dwarf cypress forest, Everglades NP⠀ 📅 : January 2017⠀ ⠀ #nationalparkgeek #IBrakeForBrownSigns #travel #explore #visitorview#getolympus
The snapping turtle is noted for its combative disposition when out of the water with its powerful beak-like jaws, and highly mobile head and neck. The usual habitats include shallow ponds or streams. Some may inhabit brackish environments, such as estuaries. Common snapping turtles sometimes bask—though rarely observed—by floating on the surface with only their carapaces exposed, though in the northern parts of their range, they also readily bask on fallen logs in early spring. In shallow waters, common snapping turtles may lie beneath a muddy bottom with only their heads exposed, stretching their long necks to the surface for an occasional breath (their nostrils are positioned on the very tip of the snout, effectively functioning as snorkels). [wikipedia]⠀ ⠀ 📍: Everglades National Park 📅 :⠀February 2018 ⠀ #nationalparkgeek #IBrakeForBrownSigns #wildlifewednesday #getolympus#evergladesnationalpark
⠀ The salt flats, a shining white expanse of salt-covered earth, stands out from its desert surroundings, surprising visitors heading east from El Paso to the peaks of Guadalupe Mountains National Park. But the beauty of this West Texas landscape doesn't reflect its contentious past.⠀ ⠀ Beginning in the mid-1600s, the salt flat served as a vital resource for Tigua Indian and Hispanic communities throughout the San Elizario area, who traveled for days across the Trans-Pecos region to harvest the valuable essential mineral. Disputes over rights and ownership began in the 1860s and came to a head in 1877 when Charles Howard claimed ownership of the salt bed and began charging a fee. The move angered Mexican and Mexican American citizens who considered the resource public property under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.⠀ [] ⠀ 📍:⠀Guadalupe Mountains National Park 📅 :⠀October 2016 ⠀ #nationalparkgeek #IBrakeForBrownSigns#guadalupemountains #getolympus #travel #gonetrippin_sun #explore #westtexas
North Padre Island is the longest undeveloped barrier island in the world. The national seashore is 70 miles long with 65.5 miles of Gulf beach. PAIS hosts a variety of pristine beach, dune, and tidal flat environments, including the Laguna Madre on its west coast, a famous spot for windsurfing.⠀[wikipedia] ⠀ 📍: Padre Island National Seashore⠀ 📅 : April 2018⠀ ⠀ #nationalparkgeek #IBrakeForBrownSigns #gonetrippin_sun#padreislandnationalseashore #getolympus
Three years ago this week, two of my besties and I headed out to Glacier National Park for an amazing girls week in one of the most iconic national parks. We hiked, we camped in teepees, we laughed and we enjoyed each others’ company. ⠀❤️❤️❤️ ⠀ 📍: Glacier National Park⠀ 📅 : September 2015⠀ ⠀ #nationalparkgeek #IBrakeForBrownSigns ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ ⠀ #findyourpark#WeAreParks#FYPyes#nps102#ShareTheExperience#npcapics#goparks#usparksandmonuments#NationalParkLife#nationalpark#nationalparks#nationalparkservice#npcollective#protectingparks#nationalparkobsessed#thenationalparkspass#NatlParkPodcast#publiclandsalliance#thegreatoutdoors#americasbestidea#parksoflife#outdoorwomen#solotraveler#womenwhotravel#forceofnature#sheexplores#womenwhoexplore#womenwhohike
Yucca brevifolia is a plant species belonging to the genus Yucca. It is tree-like in habit, which is reflected in its common names: Joshua tree, yucca palm, tree yucca, and palm tree yucca. This monocotyledonous tree is native to the arid southwestern United States, specifically California, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada, where it is confined mostly to the Mojave Desert.⠀ ⠀ 📍: Joshua Tree National Park⠀ 📅 : June 2017⠀ ⠀ #nationalparkgeek #IBrakeForBrownSigns #gonetrippin_sun
Happy long weekend, y’all!⠀ ⠀ Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is a U.S. National Monument and UNESCO biosphere reserve located in extreme southern Arizona that shares a border with the Mexican state of Sonora. The park is the only place in the United States where the organ pipe cactus grows wild. Along with organ pipe, many other types of cacti and other desert flora native to the Yuma Desert section of the Sonoran Desert region grow in the park. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is 517 square miles in size. In 1976 the monument was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, and in 1977 95% of Organ Pipe Cactus was declared a wilderness area.⠀ ⠀ 📍:⠀Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument 📅 :⠀June 2018 ⠀ #nationalparkgeek #IBrakeForBrownSigns #getolympus #gonetrippin_sun
Shenandoah National park is long and narrow, with the broad Shenandoah River and Valley on the west side, and the rolling hills of the Virginia Piedmont on the east. Although the scenic Skyline Drive is likely the most prominent feature of the park, almost 40% of the land area, 79,579 acres, has been designated as wilderness and is protected as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.⠀ ⠀ 📍: Shenandoah NP⠀ 📅 : December 2016⠀ ⠀ #nationalparkgeek #IBrakeForBrownSigns #getolympus #gonetrippin_sun#teamsunrise
The largest wilderness east of the Mississippi River, Everglades National Park protects only 20% of the original Everglades of south Florida. ⠀ ⠀ But the sunrises are always amazing, especially at Nine Mile Pond. ⠀ 📍: Everglades National Park⠀ 📅 : June 2018⠀ ⠀ #nationalparkgeek #IBrakeForBrownSigns #getolympus #gonetrippin_sun ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ ⠀ #findyourpark#WeAreParks#FYPyes#parks101#ShareTheExperience#npcapics#goparks#usparksandmonuments#NationalParkLife#nationalparks#nationalparkservice#npcollective#protectingparks#nationalparkobsessed#thenationalparkspass#NatlParkPodcast#publiclandsalliance#thegreatoutdoors#getoutside#np10k#naturephotoUSA#ThisIsMyRoute#OurWild#TheModerndayExplorer#photooftheday#seekmorewilderness
The Garden Key Light, also known as the Tortuga Harbor Light, is located at Fort Jefferson, on Garden Key in the Dry Tortugas, Florida. The first lighthouse, started in 1824 and first lit in 1826, was a brick conical tower. The lighthouse and its outbuildings were the only structures on Garden Key until construction started on Fort Jefferson in 1846. Construction continued until 1861, but the fort was never completed. (Wikipedia)⠀ ⠀ 📍: Dry Tortugas National Park⠀ 📅 : January 2017⠀ ⠀ #nationalparkgeek #IBrakeForBrownSigns#drytortugas #getolympus #gonetrippin_sun
Amistad National Recreation Area is the United States portion of International Amistad Reservoir, formed on the Rio Grande along the border of the US and Mexico. The reservoir is known for excellent water-based recreation and is surrounded by a landscape rich in prehistoric rock art, a vibrant border culture, along with a wide variety of plant and animal life. Also, spectacular prehistoric Native American paintings are accessible by boat or by foot. []⠀ ⠀ 📍: Amistad National Recreation Area⠀ 📅 : October 2016⠀ ⠀ #nationalparkgeek #IBrakeForBrownSigns #np10k #goexplore #naturephotoUSA #ThisIsMyRoute #OurWild #TheModerndayExplorer #findyouradventure #photooftheday #seekmorewilderness
How were the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde constructed? Sandstone, mortar and wooden beams were the three primary construction materials for the cliff dwellings. The Ancestral Pueblo people shaped each sandstone block using harder stones collected from nearby river beds. The mortar between the blocks is a mixture of local soil, water and ash. Fitted in the mortar are tiny pieces of stone called "chinking." Chinking stones filled the gaps within the mortar and added structural stability to the walls. Over the surface of many walls, the people decorated with earthen plasters of pink, brown, red, yellow, or white -- the first things to erode with time. []⠀ ⠀ 📍: Mesa Verde National Park⠀ 📅 : May 2017⠀ ⠀ #nationalparkgeek #IBrakeForBrownSigns #mesaverde #getolympus
Happy 110th Birthday, President Johnson! President Lyndon B. Johnson was very active in the conservation movement largely because of the interest of First Lady Lady Bird Johnson. In 1964 Mrs. Johnson formed the Committee for a More Beautiful Capital, and she directed planting of flowers—notably tulips—throughout the parks of Washington. The Johnson administration achieved passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964, the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965, the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968, and the establishment of numerous new national parks. Mrs. Johnson wrote the introduction for the seminal book, With Heritage So Rich, which helped promote passage of the 1966 Historic Preservation Act, setting up the National Register of Historic Places and a presidentally appointed Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. [] 📍: Lyndon B Johnson National Historical Site 📅 : August 2018 #nationalparkgeek #IBrakeForBrownSigns #lbjranch #lbjnationalhistoricalpark @lyndonbjohnsonnps
**COMMENT TO WIN - why do you love Jr Ranger programs?**⠀ ⠀ Our national parks give us an opportunity to explore and learn in unique ways. One of those ways is the Jr/Sr Ranger programs. Tell me what you love about this program and how you use it to learn about National Park sites. ⠀ ⠀ One random winner will be chosen to win a fun Jr Ranger pack from the Hawaii Jr Ranger program and a guest post on my blog! Entries close at midnight, August 25 central time and winner will be chosen Sunday, August 26 at 9am! Good luck!⠀ ⠀ 📍: Guadalupe Mountains National Park⠀ 📅 : October 2016⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #nationalparkgeek #IBrakeForBrownSigns #jrranger#nps102 #getolympus
On this 102nd anniversary of the Organic Act, which created the National Park Service, I’d be remiss if I didn’t encourage you to get active to protect our national treasures. Learn about the parks around you, get involved, and donate what you can, whether it be your time or money. It’s an investment in our history and our future. Thank you to all the amazing organizations which protect our parks.⠀ ⠀ 📍: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument ⠀ 📅 : May 2018⠀ ⠀ #nationalparkgeek #IBrakeForBrownSigns @wnpa_1938 @npcapics @goparks #nationalparksatnight #getolympus
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