The View from a Drawbridge

The random musings of a bridgetender with entirely too much time on her hands.

As we came around the curve, a bald eagle landed in the road right in front of us; an opossum clutched in its talons. Upon seeing us, the grand bird flew away, leaving its prey behind. Its wingspan was wider than the lane in which we were driving. It all seemed to happen in slow …

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True confession: I’m a National Park Geek. I even have a National Parks Passport, and nothing makes me happier than adding a stamp to it. There, I said it. So when I discovered that there was a National Historical Park right in the heart of downtown Seattle, I was transported to a level of ecstasy …

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It pains me to write this so hard on the heels of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, but the only way I can get this horrible story out of my head, it seems, is by putting it into yours. Our National Parks have a very checkered past. Our efforts to “tame” nature …

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The reason Yellowstone was made into the first national park on the planet is its unique thermal features. There were many times during my recent visit when I felt as if I were on another planet entirely. Nature there just doesn’t behave the way it does anyplace else I’ve ever been. It’s really quite fascinating. …

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According to the National Park Service webpage for Yellowstone, that park has the largest concentration of mammals in the lower 48 states. After having just spent 5 days there, this fact does not surprise me at all. If you can manage to go through this glorious place and not see a half dozen creatures, you’re …

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Real Estate is without a doubt the best investment one can make. People fight wars over land. The song “This Land is Your Land” makes all of us proud. And it should. Just by virtue of being a US citizen, each and every one of us owns 84 million acres of land. Yup. That’s million …

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