Sunday, October 30, 2016

National Lands: Georgia

This is the beach at Cumberland Island. Cumber...
This is the beach at Cumberland Island. Cumberland Island is home to many wild (feral) horses. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Cumberland Island National Seashore provides a unique experience for visitors. The park is located in the very southeastern corner of Georgia east of Interstate 95. Visitors take a boat to the island where they are greeted by wild horses. The beach is available as are trails and the ruins of the Carnegie mansion. The First African American Church is on the island. The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area has 48 miles of river available for activities north of Atlanta. Some parts of the river have Class II rapids. The August Canal National Heritage Area honors the canal that connected the Savannah River to power mills and factories. The canal runs to the west of the Savannah River. Interstate 20 is the closest interstate.  The Appalachian Trail travels through fourteen states. In Georgia the trail is in the northern section of the state. It begins at Springer Mountain and runs for 75 miles. The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail commemorates the relocation of the Cherokee people from Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee to Oklahoma.

English: Front of Ft. Pulaski
English: Front of Ft. Pulaski (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Andersonville National Historic Site features the largest Confederate military prison which housed more than 45,000 Union prisoners. The area is southwest of Macon and southeast of Columbus. Interstate 75 is to the east. Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park is located in the very northwest corner of the state. It is west of Interstate 75 and east of Interstate 59. Fort Frederica National Monument is located on St. Simons Island which was the scene of a British - Spanish battle. Fort Pulaski National Monument is located in Savannah. The fort is to the east of town on the coast. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield preserves the battlefield of the Civil War. It is located to the north of Atlanta and to the south of Marietta on Interstate 75.

Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area is just east of Atlanta. Interstate 20 runs through the park. Granite monadnocks are a feature of the land. Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor extends from Wilmington to Jacksonville along the coastal region. This area celebrates the culture of those who came to the area from West Africa. Jimmy Carter National Historic Site is located in Plains which is to the southeast of Columbus and west of Cordele. Interstate 75 is to the east. The site honors President Carter and his accomplishments. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site celebrates the leader of the Civil Rights movement. The site is located in Atlanta east of Interstate 75/85.  The Ocmulgee National Monument, which is a prehistoric Native American site, contains mounds and six miles of trails. The area is to the east of the triangle formed by Interstates 16, 75 and 475.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

National Lands: Hawaii

English: sulfur dioxide emissions from the Hal...
English: sulfur dioxide emissions from the Halema`uma`u vent, Kīlauea. Français : Émissions de Dioxyde de soufre dans le cratère Halema`uma`u, sur le Kilauea. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Haleakalá National Park is a beautiful area of volcanic land and rain forests. This is a remote area with no gas, food or drinks. The summit is 10,000 feet. The park is located on Maui on the southeastern section of the island. Camping and hiking are available, but visitors should be well prepared for all circumstances since help is not readily available. Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is located in the southern section of the island of Hawai'i. Crater Rim Drive takes visitors around the summit of the volcano. Hiking and biking opportunities are at the park. Honouliuli National Monument features the history of those who were interred during World War II. The monument, which is still under development, is 15 miles west of Honolulu with Interstate H1 close to the area. The World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument honors those who fought in the Pacific during World War II. The U.S.S. Arizona, the U.S.S. Oklahoma and the U.S.S. Utah memorials are located in this area. The monument is located west of Honolulu and south of Interstate H1. The Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail travels along the western side of the island and along most of the southern side to just south of Mountain View.

English: Pāhoehoe Lava is entering Pacific at ...
English: Pāhoehoe Lava is entering Pacific at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Kalaupapa National Historical Park commemorates those with leprosy who were banished to the area. This area has the ocean on three sides and 2,000 foot cliffs on the fourth side. Access is only by air, mule, boat or foot. Visitors must secure a permit for this extremely isolated area on the Molokai. Kaloko-Honokóhau National Historical Park is located in the center of the western coast of Hawaii. The park honors the skills of the ancient inhabitants of the area. Pu'uhonua O Hónaunau National Historical Park features a place a refuge for those who had broken sacred laws. The park is located to the west of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Pu'ukoholá Heliau National Historic Site has opportunities for hiking, swimming, camping and scuba diving. The park is located in the northwestern section of the island.