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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Pirates, adventure, and national parks! Three of my favorite things!

June 22, 2013: Archaeologists recently recovered two cannons from the famed pirate ship Queen Anne's revenge.  The revenge was the flag ship of the dreaded pirate Blackbeard.

Blackbeard ran the Revenge aground rather than accept the term's of the colonial governor. Blackbeard broke up his flotilla and abandoned some of his crew on one of the Carolina's outer bank islands, most likely in current day Cape Lookout national seashore. 

Legend has it Blackbeard buried his treasure on a nearby island, shortly after abandoning his ship.  The recent discovery of Blackbeard's sword, has breathed new life into the legend.  Interesting!

Friday, June 14, 2013

What Parks Actually Protect

June 14, 2013 Ranger Magazine the periodical for the Association of National Park Rangers is running a piece I wrote on the true value of national parks.  The attack of September of 11th was an attempt to take down the United States, however I argue al Qaeda and others who strike at our buildings and institutions can never achieve their goal.  Because America is much more than brick and mortar.

Ranger Magazine Summer 2013