Yosemite National Park, Muir Woods National Monument, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wright Brothers National Memorial, San Juan National Historic Site, Big Cypress National Preserve, and Oregon National Historic Trail. All of these sites are managed by the National Park Service. All of them are part of the United States National Park System. The names are designed to help explain their purpose and level of protection. Sometimes the names are confusing and sometimes don’t make sense. To most visitors, the designation doesn’t matter but learning the national park system nomenclature can help understand the importance of these American Treasures.
The sun had long since set by the time I got to Crater Lake National Park. I had made the long drive from Davis, CA to Crater Lake National Park after work to spend the weekend in Oregon’s only national park. I couldn’t wait to check out Crater Lake as it would be my 42nd national park and the last of the Cascade mountain national parks. As with most of my trips, this was a last minute decision to spend the weekend in Crater Lake.