From National Parks

Ross Lake National Recreation Area

Ross Lake National Recreation Area is a part of the North Cascades complex that I started to write about yesterday.  Because Ross Lake actually encompasses the road that passes through the complex, it has a much higher visitation than North Cascades National Park.  North Cascades gets 29,000 visitors a year while Ross Lake gets 905,000. …

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Totem Pole at English Camp

Last year, to celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service, San Juan Island National Historical Park installed a totem pole.  This totem pole was a gift from the Lummi Tribe in celebration of their ancestral claim on the land.  Today the totem pole stands tall and proud on the edge of the parade ground …

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Clamming at English Camp

Tom and I are used to people hiking in the National Parks where we work.  We are accustomed to talking about the history of the park and showing the movie.  We give tours and talks and pass out information.  But San Juan Island Historical Park has one activity that is new to us:  clamming. When …

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