By Marilyn Beach
December 26, 2012
Starting at the age of seven (I am now 84), my family took several trips across country on gravel roads in a 1929 Buick. The National Parks that then existed were on our itinerary. I remember vividly standing next to the Dragon's Mouth in Yellowstone so that Daddy could take a movie of me. And I mean next to. There were no fences then. The smell of rotten eggs just about did me in. The rest of the park was great, although Old Faithful wasn't as faithful-to-the-minute as I had expected. Remembering many pleasant experiences, ten years ago I decided to visit each National Park. Alas! If only they had stayed the number that I remember as a child. I have had to give up my quest, but I do continue to add to my total, including Volcanoes NP and Denali NP. National Parks say "America" and should be part of everyone experience.