Easter (and a Few Other Things) at the Park

Continuing last week's theme of getting outside, we're going to look at some possible things to do at our National Parks. We'll start with Easter related activities and then move on. Of course the grand slam of Easter activities on public land, namely the White House Easter Egg Roll, is booked up, but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty to do.

Nothing says Easter quite like Death Valley, am I right? The Furnace Creek Resort is offering several Easter options, including golf for those too dedicatedly adult to want to look for eggs. There is egg decorating Saturday at three and an egg hunt Sunday at 10:30 AM at the Oasis Gardens. Golf commences at 1. http://www.furnacecreekresort.com/Easter_at_Furnace_Creek

If fish sounds good and you are in the Ohio area why not head over to camp Manatoc for a fish fry? Event will be held between 5 and 7 today, Good Friday. Ten dollars for adults and six dollars for children aged five to twelve. http://www.nps.gov/findapark/event-listing.htm?eventID=2622

The Spicy Lamb farm in Ohio is hosting an egg hunt and brunch on Saturday. From what I can tell the eggs will be out in the fields with the sheep. Presumably no rams? https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/event-listing.htm?eventID=31755

Sunday the Kiwanis are hosting an Easter sunrise service. This tradition has been taking place at Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego. While you are there you can also visit the wildflower exhibit and look at sixteenth century arms and armor in the visitor's center. http://www.nps.gov/findapark/event-listing.htm?eventID=31676

There will be an Easter Morning Tower Tour at Fire Island National Seashore Fire Island Lighthouse in New York on Sunday. The idea is to climb to the top of the lighthouse and watch the sun come up. Bring a flashlight and wear comfortable shoes. A light breakfast will be served. (I think they are trying for a joke, with the light breakfast at the lighthouse.) https://www.nps.gov/event/event-details.htm?eventID=5041225

Moving on to non Easter related activities, the Petroglyph National Monument in New Mexico is home to more than 20,000 petroglyphs. This rock art comes in a dizzying array of styles and sizes. You can see some nice images at the Petroglyph National Monument Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/Petroglyph-National-Monument-147007951983967/ In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service photographer Mark Bohrer will be leading groups of ten to Piedras Marcadas Canyon to photograph petroglyphs. The website advises: Join photographer Mark Bohrer for photography at Petroglyph National Monument's Visitor Center at 7:30 am. He'll help you understand how the cinder cones and the Rio Grande Rift made the rock 'canvas' for the petroglyphs, and who carved them. You'll also discover how to make the 'glyphs' pop in your pictures. You must bring your own adjustable camera, a tripod if you have one, water, and comfortable walking shoes. Mark will help you with the fine points of exposure settings and composition, but you should know how to use your camera. Bring a polarizing filter and ½ neutral density filter if you have them. https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/event-listing.htm?eventID=21317

Soldiers, Dogs and Pigeons of War is a weekly lecture series running on Thursdays through the 31st. While the series is free, you do have to take the ferry to Ship Island, which does cost kind of a lot. Details can be found on the website http://www.msshipisland.com/. On the plus side you can see dolphins while you are on the ferry. The terrain of Cat Island, in Mississippi, was perfect for tactical training during World War II. http://www.nps.gov/findapark/event-listing.htm?eventID=32189

At the other end of the country, at Point Reyes Lighthouse in Marin County, California, you can watch gray whales as they migrate. This is such a popular event that a shuttle bus is available to ease parking congestion. In March the whales are migrating back to Alaska, after heading south to breed in Mexican waters. You may also be able to spot elephant seals, which come to the lighthouse to mate. http://www.nps.gov/findapark/event-listing.htm?eventID=9588

Saguaro National Park near Tuscon is hosting an event called Lizards are Hot, Lizards are cool. Unfortunately the National Park Service website crashed as I was finishing this article, so I can't provide anything beyond this link. Sorry. http://www.nps.gov/findapark/event-listing.htm?eventID=29979

Bonus Treat:
This week's bonus treat is from Paper Thin Personas, a lovely website devoted the creation of paper dolls and fashion. This particular grouping is set in the 1860s and comes in two styles; colored and color it yourself. I love the colors in the ready to go style. http://paperthinpersonas.com/2013/01/14/marisole-monday-in-the-mid-1860s... http://paperthinpersonas.com/2013/01/07/marisole-monday-in-the-mid-1860s...