F A V O R I T E   F O R E S T S

During my travels I only profiled 5 forests. Why? Well, there seemed to be far more National Parks than National Forests. Or maybe I just had "National Parks" on the brain, having heard so many good things in the past about so many of them.

National Parks versus National Forests, Park Ranger versus Forest Ranger. So, what's the difference? After a little investigation, I found out there is quite a big difference. National Parks are all about preservation. Their primary goal is to ensure their charges are "unimpaired for future generations". On the other hand, National Forests operate under much looser regulations, and are managed under a "multiple use" directive. So, in addition to desires of preservation, National Forests allow such things as cattle grazing, mining, timber cutting, hunting, pets, and recreational activities, with and without motorized vehicles.

So, what do you prefer? Parks or forests? Your choice will give you a little insight on what makes you tick. For me, it's parks all the way!

In any event, here is my terse list of forest favorites.

Gunnison
National Forest
Los Padres
National Forest

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Fountain Paint Pot, Yellowstone
Spirit of St. Louis, Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
The Painted Desert, Petrified National Forest, AZ
Ocean Beach Municipal Pier, Mission Beach, CA
Devils Tower, WY
Waldo-Hancock Bridge, Verona, ME
Monica braving the Stone Wall of Torture
Mandarin Ducks, San Diego Zoo, San Diego, CA
Hiking to Mount Chocorua, White Mountains, NH
Funky Cable Stays on Pedestrian Suspension Bridge, Denver, CO
Canyonlands, UT
Sea Nettle, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA
Great Smoky Mountains, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
Reflecting Pool, Washington, DC