Black Folks and the Parks

Been to Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon – and a number of the other Parks in the West and Southwest. Grand

Teton is one of the most stunningly beautiful places I’ve ever been to.

But to be honest with you – black folks are a bit thin on the ground in these parts. Then again, the population of the whole state of Wyoming is smaller than Washington, DC.

Grand Teton

Now that doesn’t mean you are not welcome – and it sure has heck doesn’t mean it isn’t worth the trip.

Yosemite seeks a more diverse visitor base

Reporting from Yosemite National Park— Their YosemiteValley tour was nearing its end, and the church ladies and gents from South Los Angeles had heard enough. Almost.

“He’s been telling us stories he thinks we want to hear for two hours,” said Ann Hale, 70, heaving a sigh of frustration from the back of the tram.

In fact, guide William Fontana had been regaling his listeners — most of them white — with stories about John Muir andTheodore Roosevelt, about fur trappers and rock climbers.

“We’re still waiting for at least a few words about Yosemite’s African American Buffalo Soldiers,” Hale grumbled to a fellow passenger. Continue reading

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