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    Posted April 21, 2014 by
    Edwardsville, Illinois
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    Yellowstone National Park

    When talking about National Parks, we have to talk about Yellowstone National Park. It was the First National Park in the United States.
    The beauty that is our National Park system can all be found within Yellowstone. There is not one single thing that sums up Yellowstone but rather many, from the canyons, mountains, hot springs, mud pots, sulfur pits, lake and rivers, wildlife, geysers and so much more. Yellowstone offers something for everyone.
    I have been to Yellowstone several times from before the fires and after. Each time I find something new.
    In 2013, my husband and I rode our motorcycle through Yellowstone. Now being on a bike brings up the possibilities of new hazards considering the wildlife. But we were up for the challenge. Not only the sights and sounds of Yellowstone but the aromas or smells. Yes there is the odor of sulfur but there is also the crisp fresh smell of pine, wildflowers and much more. These are the things you truly get on a motorcycle. Plus there is that uneasy excitement of knowing you are actually on a volcano.
    The National Park Service is close to my heart and family. One of my relatives was Harry Yount. According to the National Park Foundation, “ ‘Rocky Mountain Harry’ Yount is generally considered Yellowstone’s first ranger. Superintendent P.W. Norris appointed Yount the park’s first gamekeeper at the preserve in Lamar Valley, established to curb the loss of wildlife to hunting. Yount was a well-known mountain man in the Rockies and a Civil War veteran, and had worked for seven summers with the US Geological Survey. The job of gamekeeper-the equivalent of today’s chief ranger-proved too much for one person, and Yount resigned after one year. Before he left, he declared that ‘a small and reliable police force of men… is what is really the most practicable way of seeing the game is protected…’ Thus was born the idea of the national park ranger.”
    There is an award handed out every year. “In the National Park Service honors rangers who have the skills to perform a wide scope of ranger duties, protecting resources and serving visitors.”
    Keeping up with our families love and respect for the National Park Service, my son is currently in pursuit of a degree in Geography and is in hopes of one day becoming a National Park Ranger. “Harry, your legacy with our family will continue.”
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