Thursday, August 27, 2009

KNPB Special Reports

There's a lot of publicity for the upcoming PBS Series The National Parks: America's Best Idea. Some of that publicity is spilling over to local parks. Here are some reports from KNPB from Reno about Great Basin National Park, one of our favorite hangouts. It also happens to be one of the least visited national parks. 

Great Basin National Park is home to Lehman Cave and 41 other caves, ancient bristlecone pines that started growing before the pyramids were built, a rock-glacier that manages to preserve ice under a thick blanket of rock, beautiful sub-alpine lakes, and virtually empty backcountry trails. It's a good place to get away from the noise of every day and look up at the really dark night skies and ponder your place in the world.

The reports were produced by Michael Hagerty, who happened to go to elementary school in the same town I grew up in. We both sure ended up far from our roots!

To listen to and watch the reports, click on the following link:

2 comments:

The Incredible Woody said...

National Parks really are America's best idea!!

That emptiness was the same thing we experienced during our visit to Big Bend a few years ago. Hiking (and driving) for miles and miles without seeing a soul. It was wonderfuL!!

Anonymous said...

Loved the clip from KNPB, "The Wizard of Mars". To rephrase one of the character's quotes: "we just had to go to Great Basin, we couldn't just go to the moon, like everyone else!"

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