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Our National Parks

In advance of the official start of summer on this Memorial Day weekend, Five Thirty Eight took a look at visitation and other statistics related to the nation’s official playgrounds as the National Park Service gets ready to celebrates its 100th anniversary on August 26th.

Interestingly, while living in the Western U.S. for the last 35 years and seeing data similar to that shown above with impressive visitation numbers for Great Smokey Mountains NP, we had wondered what lied behind those numbers.

So, some years ago, we passed through that area to have a look around and – voila! – at the north entrance to GSM NP we found a veritable amusement park  heaven – really, an unbelievable collection of hotels, water slides, zip lines, go cart tracks, and the like – that – just speculating here – is the real draw for that area.

Trump Protest in Albuquerque

In advance of his visit to the Treasure State (i.e., here in Montana), the BBC reports on the latest Trump protest, this one occurring last night in New Mexico.

It’s shaping up to be an interesting summer – as the weather warms (and the national election news coverage heats up), the natives will get even more restless…

Bryan Cranston Birthday Boy

A good example of why ABC chose to extend Jimmy Kimmel’s contract for three more years.

Haven’t seen it yet, but HBO’s All the Way, in which Cranston reprises his Tony Award winning role as Lyndon B. Johnson, is surely worth watching.

After seeing stories on network news about how long airport security lines have become at major airports, just one thought comes to mind – thank God I don’t have to fly anywhere anymore. The graphic below from this Quartz story explains the situation:

CNN/Money reports that travelers in Chicago are being told to arrive three hours prior to their departure time – as if Chicago doesn’t already have enough  problems…

Stay Away from the Wildlife!

The story of a father-son couple in a rented SUV in Yellowstone National Park attempting to rescue a bison calf from the cold has made the national news in recent days.

It ends badly, as it would have regardless of the tourists’ actions.

The latest from East Idaho News can be found here.

FWIW – from what I’ve read, the calf had been rejected by its mother and was approaching people (not that this should have made a difference in how the tourists acted).

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