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No, no not Union Pacific, I meant Upper Peninsula.  That’s where I was last week. This was my first  visit to U.P.  I’ve never been that far north, it was pretty exciting new experience for me.

As some of you might know I work for the National Park Service, no I’m not a ranger, no I can’t hook you up with smokey to do anything.  But once in while I do get to go to some of the most beautiful places in the U.S.   This was one of those trips. Pictured Rocks is very stunning park the vista are pretty cool and I only got to see about 10% of the park that is not covered by vast amounts of snow. I did get to go and hit up some xc skiing on properly groomed trails, that is a lot of fun, There is about 45 miles of xc trails in close vicinity of the park.   I also got to hear some stories from the park employees, and in reality it was very humbling moment and for me it was very much a “This American Life”  experience. These are the folks that make Park Service great.

So while this congress bickers about discretionary funds for domestic spending, in part they are hurting all of these  awesome places. If  think Teddy Roosevelt would turn over in his grave. I’m off my soap box. In short there are some beautiful places in U.S. I get to see some of them  as part of my job.

Here are some pics from the trip.




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