America’s Backyard, Part 2

America's Backyard, Part 2

This is Sentinel Dome Rock. I climbed it!

Often writers, myself included, go on and on about things they believe in, but don’t take a step further to support that belief. This week I am admiring of a reporter, Ben Jacobs, who had the tenacity to go after a question and when the person he was questioning attacked him instead of answering his question, Ben continued to report the event, “You broke my glasses etc.etc” (I’m sure you have all read about or seen this event.)


There is much in our world today to support and believe in. There is much in our country today to fight for. I try to enlarge upon issues that I feel need to be constantly in view: for our citizens; 2. public education for our children, not charter schools; 3. the right of free speech and a good life for US citizens;  4. support for education through National Endowment for the Arts or NEA; 5. belief in global warming and the protection of our planet; 6. women’s rights, healthcare for women; 7. the rights of all citizens, including those new to our country.

I am grateful to all of your who read my posts and often comment. THANK YOU!!!


One of my most recent posts and possibly a favorite, was this one: Saving Our Country’s Backyard. I couldn’t bear the thought that the new administration was intent on rescinding the protection of acres of American land that you and I use for adventure, travel, education, recreation, nature exploring and in some cases even hunting.

Just thinking about Glacier National Park being purchased by some cooperation and renamed THE STAPLES PARK or something, made me nauseous. To underline how  important our national park system is and WHAT A GIFT IT IS, my husband and family decided to take a trip. AND WE DID.

We live in Southern California. So what is in our backyard? Yosemite National Park. It’s a six hour drive on well paved roads and so we packed up two cars and headed out. What did we experience?

  • crashing waterfalls off granite cliffs from snowmelt;
  • vistas of rock formations;
  • open vivid green meadows filled with wild flowers of ever hue and deer, birds, rabbits, squirrels and other wildlife;
  • trees that tower over walkways, climb up cliffs and created dappled sunlight patterns everywhere you walk;
  • the roaring Merced River that flows through the park, tumbling over huge rocks and bringing cool air and fascinating water sounds as you hike.

This is health; this is freedom; this is wandering; this is hiking and camping and visiting and singing. This is America’s Backyard. AND WE MUST VISIT IT AND PRESERVE IT.

America's Backyard, Part 2

Warming on a friendly rock.











I don’t have the space on this post, to list all the national parks for you–indicating which one is only a drive from your state to another state or is actually within your state. But there is a list for you to study and pursue and you can access it here !!


All photos, my personal photographer, JOHN HAVEY, thanks!

America's Backyard, Part 2

Meadows to explore.

America's Backyard, Part 2

America, it’s breath-taking. God bless it.

18 thoughts on “America’s Backyard, Part 2

  1. Visiting Yosemite was a joy, for the heart and the soul. And more than anything else it zeroes in on what a gift our country has been given and how we must strive to protect it. That is the bottom line. Because those Americans who follow in our foot steps will need that amazing rush of nature to carry them through troubled times and they will need to be able to hand these amazing gifts down to generations to come. THANKS Boomer Highway

    • Thanks, Bill. Your words are so meaningful. We have gifts to give the next generations, but we have to fight to make that happen. Hugs.

  2. Beautiful photos! We stay coastal for most of our travels. I’m not a good camper…city girl through and through. But, I do admire the beauty.

    • Thanks, Barbara. We didn’t camp. Those days are over for us too. There are some very nice hotels…Me

  3. Beth,
    I too have loved the awesome beauty of both the National and State parks. They are important to preserve for repeat visits. Let’s not have them fall to a memory.
    Also, I applaud you supporting a free press. Journalists during the presidential campaign were courageous. Many rallies bordered on violence. Supporting them and the written word is important. Keep a strong heart.

  4. I am concerned about the future of our parks…what do we need to do…what can we do to really help? We need these parks to be here for the future generations…

    • So true, Renee. The best you can do is visit the parks and fight back with letters or messages to Congress IF they start doing what they have threatened–sell the lands off.

  5. Amen Beth! Beautiful pictures. I have been spoiled by being able to visit many of the parks and they are all fabulous and should never be rezoned or renamed!

  6. Although it’s so much more personal when you visit these preserved places in our country, even if you can’t it should be easy to understand the value of preserving and maintaining these areas in our beautiful country.

    • So true, Karen. Our founders were gifted with the lands that we have made our own and we need to have some open space that honors what they found and that we can still wander through and explore.

  7. Hi Beth! You KNOW I agree with everything you’ve said in this post. Our parks are a treasure we all hold as citizens and we must do everything we can to protect them. And yes to the beauty and treasure that is Yosemite. ~Kathy

  8. I applaud your statements. I, too, am concerned about the dangerously careless direction of the new administration regarding protection of the environment. Beautiful photos.

    • Thanks, Carol, we feel blessed to be able to enjoy these environments now and like you hope they are there in the future.

  9. Ah, we had some great family trips to Yosemite during the time my dad’s submarine was being overhauled at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. That was during the big drought in the 70’s so the waterfalls and rivers weren’t at their peak (I remember people joking by calling it Mirror Mud Flats instead of Mirror Lake), would love to get back there someday.

    Meanwhile here in NYC, almost all of my waterborne activities happen in the magnificent Gateway National Recreation Area. This is an incredible thing to have in our intensely urban area!

    • So wonderful that you have the Gateway National Recreation Area. You also have the Highlander (do I have that right) and Chicago then built the 606 and they are expanding other green walkways. We fight on!

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