I've been here at Manzanar for about a month now and it's be a life changing summer. I have read a lot and learned a lot!
Here is a little secret that probably shouldn't be a secret. The National Parks are yours. You own them, they belong to you! Now you are probably thinking, hmmmm nope, I don't own them! They don't belong to me, but guess what!? You live in the United States therefore THEY BELONG TO YOU!
This year alone I have been to:
1..Arches National Park
2.Canyonlands National Park
3.Rocky Mountain National Park
4. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (It's not quite a National Park, but it still belongs to you and it's SUPER close to Vegas)
5. Bandelier National Monument
6. Valles Caldera National Preserve
7. Manzanar National Historic Site
If we are talking State Parks
1. Dead Horse Point in Utah
If we are talking National Forests
1. Angeles National Forest
2. Inyo National Forest
Plus so many more I can't remember.
And the year is only about halfway done!
I hope all of you are having a wonderful summer! I have been up here in Lone Pine for about a week. It's been hot, but boy has it been special! My job is to create an activity book for the barracks part of Manzanar. They already have a Jr. Ranger handbook for the visitors center and museum. When you finish the handbook you get a badge. I finished the handbook so I got one, said the oath and became a jr. ranger!
Just like your California research project , I am doing one now. I get to explore archives and look at old documents and figure out what is important. Research skills are very important even when you are out of school.
Ok! So the pictures! I took some pictures during my walks.
-The barracks (buildings). They look like the little one we got at the museum. These you can actually walk in and see what it would have looked like.
-There are only two barracks that have been reconstructed, but the remains of the other ones are still visible. You can see concrete squares in some of the pictures, those are where the other barracks would have been. There are little signs that say the block number.
-The mountains you see in the pictures are the Eastern Sierras, they are magnificent and sometimes the internees would sneak out and fish in the mountains.
-The classroom is still under construction, but you can come in a look at it.
-The picture of the boys is one of my favorites. They seem a bit mischievous while they are drying their hands.
-In the classroom there is a chalkboard (like a whiteboard, but WAY messier.) Visitors are allowed to leave messages on it, and someone drew that amazing drawing of the Sierras. Usually the board is erased daily, but no one can erase that one. It's just too perfect..
I'm going to try to take more pictures this week and I will put them up. If you have questions, you can comment or leave me a message on the contact page.
Manzanar is free to visit and it's only about 3 hours away from Los Angeles. If you can you should come up and visit!