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    Posted August 27, 2014 by
    Joshua Tree National Park, California

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    Celebrating the National Park Service's Birthday


    August 25th marked the 98th birthday of the National Park Service. Since its inception in 1916, the department has expanded from 35 national parks to over 400 national parks, landmarks, monuments, forests, and historic sites. From national monuments in our country's capital to the majesty Yosemite Valley, the NPS has celebrated and preserved our country's greatest treasures.


    To commemorate, I added a few photos from Muir Woods National Monument, Saguaro National Park, and, from my most recent trip, Joshua Tree National Park.


    Joshua Tree National Park features the twisting, strange branches of the Joshua tree in the north and brilliant stargazing opportunities in the south. It is also home to a large, concentrated swath of  Teddybear Cholla cacti and around 250 Bighorn Sheep. The dark location has become a favorite for astronomers hoping to catch the next meteor shower.


    Muir Woods is a strand of coastal redwoods and other fauna just outside the city of San Francisco. Named after famed environmentalist John Muir, the strand was saved from logging efforts by William and Elizabeth Kent when they donated 295 acres of land to the federal government. President Theodore Roosevelt signed the grove into National Monument status in 1908.


    Saguaro National Park in Arizona hosts the iconic, massive saguaro cacti of the Sonoran Desert. These gigantic cacti take 125 years to mature and have been featured as the go-to cactus of countless films, television shows, and cartoons. They only grow in certain portions of the US and Mexico.

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