Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Old, new and free

This is the last weekend the Jackson Visitors Center built in 1966 will be open. Monday it will closed in preparation for the opening of the new visitors center October 10-11th, see the NPS press release. It was forward thinking when it was designed and built, to expand the visitor's experience with 360 view of the area with a central auditorium for shows. I can't count the number of times I've walked in and around it. It's kinda' cool and will be missed.

To honor this, the NPS at Mt. Rainier NP is waving the entry fee for everyone this weekend, the 27-28th. And after the opening of Paradise Inn in May this year, Paradise will a new visitors center October 10th, nearing completion (photo below) the weekend I was there recently.

This is a longtime in coming and well worth the investment in our National Parks and especially Mt. Rainier NP. We should consider ourselves in the Northwest and Washington State blessed.

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