Why wouldn't anyone support our National Parks?

By Jane Shafroth
November 10, 2012

Why wouldn't anyone support our National Parks? Coming to live in the United States from the United Kingdom in 1977, over the last 35 years, I have been able to visit many of our wonderful parks. In 1976, while studying European Studies in Bonn, Germany, I decided to go to graduate school. By virtue of my professor in the United Kingdom having completed a sabbatical at the University of Colorado, I was persuaded to pursue my further studies there. I have to admit that my experience of the Rockies and the West was travle shows and John Denver specials on English television. But that scenery drew me to Colorado and I have lived there ever since apart from one year back in London when my husband had a Fulbright scholarship and one year that we spent on a boat on the east coast of the United States and in the Bahamas. Our children had some of their first camping experiences in Arches National Park, we spent two weeks rafting down the Colorado in Grand Canyon National Park, and I have taken my English relatives through all of the Utah National Parks. This girl who grew up in the middle of England never imagined that she would get to see such geological wonders. Such national treasures that we all need to make sure are kept for generations to come.

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