Forgot / by Dave Hileman

I meant to post a photo of my spiffy new warm hat with the post from a couple of days ago and I know you did not want to miss it. Sure. Note the red pins in Alaska. Some of those technically represent two parks. For example there is Denali National Park and Denali National Preserve. DN Preserve surrounds much of the National Park, the difference being land use. The preserve permits some hunting, some ATV and snowmobiles etc. But they are a separate park under the mystic rules of the NPS. And we will need to be in both to actually visit all 418 parks. There are four or five parks with this structure in Alaska. The five northwestern pins and the one at the head of the Aleutians are the most challenging to get to visit. You can only drive to three of these parks and two preserves.