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Summer events at Cabrillo National Monument!

Summer events at Cabrillo National Monument!

In celebration of the NPS centennial, Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego is hosting special events all summer, in partnership with the Cabrillo National Monument Foundation (CNMF) and Cabrillo National Monument Conservancy (CNMC).  Many of these events are after-hours and extremely special, since the park normally closes at 5pm.  Visitors have a chance to experience sunset from the park, one of the best vantage points of San Diego (in my opinion).

  • Extended hours on Memorial Day, Monday May 30th.  12pm-8pm.  Check out the Open Bunker Day and a special Ranger guided sunset walk!
  • Sunset Yoga in the Park, sponsored by the Cabrillo National Monument Conservancy. Join Cabrillo’s resident yoga instructor for an all-levels sunset yoga classes overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean.
    • When:  Saturday June 18th and August 20th, from 6pm-8pm.
    • Please bring: Mat, Towel, Water, & Ticket for Entry.
    • Cost: $30. A portion of event proceeds will be donated back to the park to further expand programs that foster unique visitor connections with the natural environment.
  • Celebrate the 4th of July at Above the Fireworks at Cabrillo National Monument 2016.
    • Cost is $50 per vehicle (with up to 10 occupants).  Tickets are limited so get yours today!
    • What to bring:  Low-profile chairs, Flashlights, Sweatshirt or Blanket
    • Check-in 6pm – 8pm, no late check-ins will be admitted
    • Tickets are non-refundable
    • Picnics are encouraged, but alcohol is not allowed. Cabrillo National Monument policy is a smoke-free and trash-free park (whatever you pack in, you pack out) and no dogs are allowed.
Fireworks over the San Diego bay from Point Loma
This is during the winter boat parade, but the view will be similar with two more areas of fireworks.
  • Full Moon walks, available free to members and guests of Cabrillo National Monument Foundation (June 20) and Cabrillo National Monument Conservancy (August 18, September 16, November 14).  There are perks to joining the organizations – first and foremost, helping support San Diego’s only National Park!

    Taken in January 2012, this rare view of the moon rising over downtown is visible from Cabrillo National Monument during special events.
    Taken in January 2012 from Point Loma, this rare view of the moon rising over downtown is visible from Cabrillo National Monument during special events.
  • Fee free days – August 25-28, in celebration of NPS 100th birthday!
  • August 25th is also Lighthouse open tower day – the 2nd of the 3 days per year where guests can explore the Old Point Loma Lighthouse all the way to the top!

    View inside the Old Point Loma lighthouse tower at sunset
    The tower is only completely open 3 days per year

Hope to see you at an event!


Waco Mammoth National Monument

Waco Mammoth National Monument

Mammoth Sign 2016Recently I had to opportunity to visit Waco Mammoth National Monument in Waco, Texas. The monument was added to the National Park System in 2015. It includes a shelter that is climate controlled and protects the dig site while ongoing scientific studies are conducted. It also offers visitors an overhead view of the fossils via a suspended walkway. Visitors can roam the grounds for free, while a $5 fee allows you to see the dig site and partake in a guided tour.

Inside the Dig Shelter
Inside the Dig Shelter

This paleontological site is unique in that it is the only discovery of a nursery herd of Columbian mammoths in the nation. It has been hypothesized that the nursery herd of 24 adult and juvenile mammoths arrived at their early demise by means of drowning together “in a single natural event between 65,000 and 72,000 years ago”. The shelter houses fossils not just from Columbian mammoths (distant relatives of the wooly mammoth which lived in significantly colder northern regions), but also other Ice Age animals including a Western camel, dwarf antelope, giant tortoise, and a saber-toothed cat. The majority of the excavated bones are stored at Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum Complex. Baylor has been instrumental in the exploration of this site since the initial stages in 1978.

Mammoth fossils
Mammoth fossils

It was interesting to learn about various Ice Age animals and the catastrophic event that annihilated this herd of Columbian mammoths. If you are in the area add this monument to your list of places to visit.





USPS Centennial Stamps

USPS Centennial Stamps

On August 25, 2016 the National Park Service celebrates 100 years of existence! In honor of this momentous occasion they have decided to celebrate all year long. The National Parks Services is hosting a myriad of events and free park days throughout the year. Today, however, I would like to discuss stamps. Yes…Stamps!

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve (Copyright: 2016 USPS)
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve (Copyright: 2016 USPS)

The United States Postal Service has decided to join in on the Centennial festivities! On April 25th, the USPS unveiled the 16th, and final, stamp in a brilliant collection to commemorate such an epic birthday. This pane of stamps doesn’t just showcase national parks – it also features a national monument, national historical parks, an aquatic garden, as well as national seashores, allowing for a richly satisfying representation of the parks system. Each stamp has been previewed individually (and alphabetically) since April 4th.

The first week of April previewed five sites including: Acadia National Park, Arches National Park, Assateague Island National Seashore, Bandelier National Monument, and Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

The second week, the USPS previewed: Everglades National Park, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Grand Canyon National Park, Gulf Islands National Seashore, and Haleakalā National Park.

The final six stamps were previewed the week of April 18th. This unveiling celebrates Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Mount Rainier National Park, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, and Yellowstone National Park (one of the most-visited parks in the system).

The set of National Park Service Centennial stamps will be available on June 2, 2016! (Copyright: 2016 USPS)
The set of National Park Service Centennial stamps will be available on June 2, 2016!
(Copyright: 2016 USPS)

The June 2, 2016 first-day-of-issue ceremony will be held at New York City’s Javits Center (11am) as part of the once-in-a-decade World Stamp Show NY-2016. The show will run from May 28th-June 4th and admission is free. Can’t make it to NYC for the philately (the study of stamps and postal history) event? Dedication ceremonies will also be held at or near each park depicted in the stamp collection.

Want to know more?

Read the USPS press release.

Adventure on Earthlings ~ Tiffany