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What is your favorite national park?

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Sep. 16, 2009 at 1:27 pm with No Comments »
September 16, 2009 1:27 pm

I’ve been talking to folks about the premiere of the upcoming Ken Burns documentary on national parks. I have been asking them which is their favorite park and what national parks mean to them in general.

Here are some comments from folks I interviewed at the Puyallup Fair Tuesday, as well as from Randy King, acting superintendent at Mount Rainier National Park.

If you would like to share your thoughts, you can go to the comment section or send them to me at

Favorite national park: Mount Rainier. There’s no more beautiful mountain in the world, and we’ve traveled to places around the world.

What national parks mean to you: Wilderness, peace and quiet. It’s almost reverential in the mountains. National parks should offer places where you can just be quiet. Beauty, every park is just beautiful.

Candy Tingstad, Lakewood

Favorite national park: Zion. It’s unparalleled beauty. I feel like, in some ways, that that part of the country hasn’t been touched by so many visitors. It’s amazing.

What national parks mean to you: It’s a respite, I think, from our daily lives.

Mary Watkins, Bremerton

Favorite park: Mount Rainier. But I’ve only been to one.

What national parks mean to you: Permanent opens space that will stay that way. If you look at the parks are set aside now, and how big they are, I don’t thik that you’d see that happen today.

Dan Tilley, Tacoma

Favorite park: The one I¹m in at the current time. I have never been in a park that wasn’t special. They are all special. I started at Yellowstone (National Park), and worked there on and off 13 years. That¹s where I started my career and my family. I call it my heart park.

What national parks mean to you: It obviously has been my life. Parks represent my avocation as well as advocation. They represent a tremendous heritage that we all share. As much as anything, it’s one of the ties that binds us a people. It connects us as people and our history. They’re irreplaceable. I can’t imagine life without them.

Randy King, acting superintendent Mount Rainier National Park

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