Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Today's Trivia - World’s Oldest National Park

Which national park was created first?

Why, Yellowstone National Park, of course. It was established in 1872, making it the oldest national park in the world.

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Yellowstone covers some 3,475 square miles and is visited by more than 3 million people per year. (I wish I could be one of them.)

Old Faithful from Observation Point. (Source)

The park is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially Old Faithful Geyser, one of the most popular features in the park.

28 comments:

  1. Sigh.. just breathtaking.. it's been ages since I've been to such a gorgeous, wide open, natural expanse.. one needs more of this when one is daily surrounded by high-rise buildings and traffic!

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    1. It would be nice to visit just once and take photos of the place. Not sure if I'll ever make it there, but you just never know...

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  2. I had no idea it was the oldest - looks gorgeous though, maybe one day I'll see it for myself.

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  3. Well, personally, I'm glad you are not there! Doc Zone did a really scary segment on it a few weeks ago. Not that it will matter where in the world anyone lives when that volcano blows. But it is beautiful, isn't it?

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    1. It is beautiful. And we just never know what will happen, so why not just go for it? Or maybe not...LOL...

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  4. Maybe it could be your 50th birthday trip. ;-)

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  5. Jellystone!
    I seriously call it that by accident-damn cartoons-every.single.time, hee.

    I'd love to visit too, but I'll be honest the scientific discoveries surrounding the park scare me. Hmm,let's all walk on top of an active volcano. That sounds smart! Lol When she blows...yikes. It's going to be ugly. But..but...but..that place is so beautiful and endlessly fascinating!

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    1. But that's the exciting part, isn't it? Walking on top of an active volcano? Yes, if she blows it's going to be real ugly!!

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  6. It is someplace I would love to go see if I was in the area. I am not into the whole camping thing so I wouldn't make a trip out of it, but would be cool to see.

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    1. I'm not really into the camping thing either, although I could try it, but it would be great to see this up close.

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  7. Hi Martha! This is one of my most favorite places in the world! I have been to Yellowstone a number of times. It is especially fascinating to me as a geologist for many, many reasons ~ in particular it sits on a supervolcano! I live in the 100% kill zone should Yellowstone blow! However, some volcanologists are saying that the crust is thicker where Yellowstone currently sits and that that might prevent an eruption for now (geologically speaking). Have a good one!

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    1. Oh, you lucky girl! If you have photos, share them. I'd love to see them!

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    2. I will, Martha ~ eventually! They are not scanned into my computer. They are among thousands I have in boxes. I have a lot of photographic work ahead of me ~ which I am thrilled about because I love photography! I hope that you are having a good day!

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    3. I hear you. I have so many photo albums that it's crazy! And the amount of digital images I've taken is even crazier! But I love photography, so I don't intend to stop. I look forward to whatever images you share over time through your blog --- and of no matter when or where.

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  8. I didn't know that Yellowstone was the oldest. I does sound like a fascinating place alright! But after what Louise said, I just may take a pass! Don't need a 'curve ball' that big!! lol

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    1. If that curve ball hit you, Jim, it would probably be over before you knew it! LOL!

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    2. I think Louise says it best. If that curve ball hits, you'll never even notice! Yikes!

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    3. You and Louise need to work on Jimbo....he tends to get a tad worrisome!

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  9. Who's 50th birthday is in 2 years? Who wants to go on a trip? Something different and unique....you, I believe!!!

    I know what you mean...visiting and taking this place in would be the ultimate of trips!!

    Ron

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    1. Yes, it would be great! In fact, I'd love to visit a lot of areas in the U.S. Perhaps we'll take a cross country trip one day starting with Canada first!

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  10. And of course Yellowstone was the model for Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park!

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    1. Of course! And that's why I also call it Jellystone sometimes.

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  11. I love the first one with the water, like a sheet of glass. Wish I lived there!
    Alice

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    1. Yes, that first images is stunning! If I ever visit there, I can imagine I'll end up taking many, many photos!

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