July Roundup: More National Parks Links!

national park sign

This month I spent 10 days in Yukon, Canada on one of my most epic adventures yet. I won’t give away all the details just yet (bears! glaciers! sourtoe cocktails!), but you can read all about it starting next week. And if you’ve been following along on Instagram, you’ve already seen some of the amazing sights.

Also in July, Roomorama published a guest post I wrote about quirky sites in Chicago. Some of these will be featured in upcoming editions of my Cool Chicago series, so stay tuned.

Since this month was National Parks month on the blog, my links roundup focuses entirely on national parks. Here’s what I was reading from the travel blogging world in July.

Featured personal link:

My favorite memories from 10 national parks

A series of personal memories from several of the national parks I’ve visited. Highlights include seeing bears, alligators, and bison, plus camping in Death Valley, exploring the underworld of Carlsbad Caverns, and doing some unexpected climbing in the Great Smoky Mountains.

July travel links of interest:

Lee Abbamonte: Saguaro National Park

Lee covers the often-overlooked Saguaro National Park outside Tucson, Arizona. The park was named after the saguaro cactus, which is native to the area. It has everything you’d expect from a desert park: Cacti, shrubs, snakes, and very hot temperatures. Who wants to join me on a hike in 120 degree heat?

On My Feet Or In My Mind: Don’t Overlook Grand Teton National Park

If only I had read Erik’s post before visiting Grand Teton National Park, because I did exactly what he warns against: I did a drive-by in Grand Teton as an afterthought on the way out of Yellowstone. I only gave it a couple hours instead of the couple days that it deserves. In retrospect, Grand Teton is a great park with some amazing scenery.

grand teton reflection

Trans-Americas: Pinnacles National Park

Did you know there’s a brand-new national park? As of January 2013, Pinnacles National Monument received the official upgrade to national park status, which is great because California does not already have enough national parks. What can you find there? Caves, climbing, campgrounds, California condors, and other features starting with the letter C.

National Parks Traveler: If You Live in a National Park, You Understand the Theory of Relativity

Every time I pass a private home in or near a national park, I always wonder what life is like for those residents. They’re lucky to be living so close to a national treasure, but this post from Jim Burnett reveals that it’s not all good news. You also have to put up with long-lost relatives coming out of the woodwork because they want to come stay with you. That’s a small price to pay for being on the edge of Glacier National Park, in my book!

Yahoo News: Death Valley National Park to Visitors: Stop Frying Eggs on the Ground

This sounds like an Onion headline, but it’s totally real, thanks to a social media backfire. A park employee filmed a video demonstrating that the summer heat in DV is so overwhelming that it’s possible to fry an egg in a skillet based on the air temperature alone. Unfortunately, park visitors who saw the video began attempting to recreate the feat, minus the skillet, resulting in gooey messes all over the park that staffers had to clean up.


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