Why I live here Yosemite: Ranger Shelton Johnson, star of Ken Burns's national parks documentary, is on a mission to increase stewardship of our parks.
HIS FIRST NATIONAL PARK EXPERIENCE When I stepped off the bus in Yellowstone, it felt primordial. You have eruptive hot springs, Ice Age-like animals, the smell of sulfur; it feels like the beginning of the world. So if you're a kid from Detroit like I was, it's over-whelming--in a good way.
WHY A NATIONAL PARK VISIT SHOULD BE REQUIRED These are the landscapes that shaped our national character. Millions of Americans have never been to a national park--that should be illegal.
ON LIVING IN YOSEMITE Most people are in an environment where humans dominate the scene; here, you take the trash out and see a buck with a full rack walking up the road.
-AS TOLD TO JULIE CHAI
INFO Shelton wrote Glory-land (Sierra Club Books, 2009), a fictional memoir of a Buffalo Soldier and Yosemite ranger. Visit nps.gov/yose for park info.
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|Title Annotation:||The West at its best|
|Date:||Aug 1, 2010|
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