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The Siren Song Of The JMT

Such a pitiful throw. I watched my boot wobble above Mono Creek, then— in what seemed like real-life slow-mo—bounce against a rock and flip into the rushing current. Gone, gone, gone. Barefoot on the bank, I screamed, cursing my idiocy for tossing my boots instead of carrying them across in the wading shoes lent by my new friend, Doug Crispin. My life flashed before my eyes there on Mono Creek, days from anywhere. But then, someone was crashing through the creekside foliage.
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Democratic Congressman Pushes Legislation To Prevent Uranium Mining On Doorstep Of Grand Canyon

Longstanding efforts to expand uranium mining on lands rimming Grand Canyon National Park are poised to be rekindled thanks to a move by the U.S. Forest Service, though a Democratic congressman is hoping to block the efforts by legislation that would set aside roughly 1 million acres as a national monument.
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Lawsuit Filed Over Administration's National Monument Review

Leaked memos and a senator's comments regarding Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's review of 27 national monuments lack the requisite transparency over the Trump administration's efforts to shrink some monuments, according to a legal organization that has filed a lawsuit seeking more details on the secretary's review process.
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The Best National Parks, Top To Bottom

Which park is the best of the 59 official national parks in the U.S.? Would you believe my list is unbiased? Since each person enjoys different aspects of nature, lists like these are subjective and biased. Some people love mountain scenery and hiking, while others love ocean or lake. Some like majestic vistas while others love the intimacy of an island. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. But is there a way to objectively rank national parks?
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