Sunday, October 28, 2012

God Bless our Public Parks!

Before John and I started full-timing three years ago, I really had no idea just how valuable our public parks are. How else does the average person get to live on the bank of a river or by the ocean or on a lagoon? How else do we get to step out of our front door onto a hiking trail through the Redwoods? How else do we get to live on a 500-acre ranch park?

This shot taken at Morro Strand State Beach.

The Morro Strand State Beach photograph incorporated into an interpretive collage "Come Out and Play."
I am thrilled to share what I've learned about our public space through my project "This Restless Life: a study of California parks through photography, interpretive collage and stories."
Thank you to all my blog followers from the past three years.
How has RVing changed your perception of public parks?


  1. We have one but it was built for the tourist !

  2. I hadn't been to a public park or beach for years. I was surprised at the cost to enter and park. I think public parks should be free to all. It is impossible to get to most without a car.

    1. I agree with you Merikay. I think parks could be on a donation basis only. They have become prohibitively expensive and inaccessible to those who "own" them, the people.

  3. We lived in a National Park (while in the Coast Guard) for 11 years. Sandy Hook, NJ, part of the Gateway NP outside of NY harbor. A 7 mile long peninsula pointing at the mouth of NY harbor and we lived on the very end tip.

    Summer weekends were tough because of the floods of beach goers, you could not get in or out of the park.

    Winters were tough because the park rangers had ticket quotas and we CG families were the only ones out there and got picked on a lot. A few Nor'easters (including the Perfect Storm) left us stranded with no power and no road for up to a week.

    All in all, we loved it and when I got transferred, I left kicking and screaming. My kids to this day consider it "home".


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