How to find your own space in America’s premier national parks
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Family Vacations, Summer 1997
The Magnificent Seven
Sometime this summer, while sweltering in a traffic jam somewhere between hell and Mammoth Hot Springs, you will pull off the road, draw in a deep breath of pure, unspoiled Winnebago effluvium, and conclude that your parents had it easy. Of course they would be loath to admit this, prone as they are to lapsing into tales of depression
Unfortunately, when it comes to planning the Great National Park Campout of the 1990s, most modern parents fall victim to mental timewarp: They pack up the kids and pull out of the driveway, clicking off mental Vue-Master memories of the same trip, 1960s-style. Critical error: Abort, abort, abort! Consider the differences: Back then, all you had to do was show up and remember
Do not let this dissuade you. The national park vacation of yesterday can still be had today; it just requires a bit more creativity–and sound advice. The following crowd-avoidance tips from seasoned national-parkers should help you with the advice part. But the leadership part is up to you. Just as it was in the sixties, the successful national-parkathon of the nineties is