Ode To My National Parks
by The Russler

1 If you have a house at Acadia,
And mine's in New York, then I'll trade ya.
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4 Take me out to the Badlands,
If you want to make me a glad man.
5 Much time in the heat of Big Bend
Makes me a little bit pig-skinned.
6 The keys and bay we call Biscayne
Have a certain appeal that's hard to explain.
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8 I enjoy all the scenery at Bryce;
The canyons and hoodoos are nice.
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10 The colorful cliff sides of Capitol Reef
Artistically display a dappled motif.
11 Down in the caverns of Carlsbad
There's one twisty hallway that snarls bad.
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16 I'm planning to visit firsthand Death Valley,
Right there on page nine of my Rand McNally.
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23 Perhaps you've not been to the Grand Canyon;
It's time for a trip; if you can, plan one.
24 From a distance you can see all the Grand Tetons;
For close-ups you need carabiners and pitons.
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26 I sing of all the Great Sand Dunes
With windswept words and haunting tunes.
27 Up in the mountains called Great Smoky
I think that everything is okey-dokey!
28 A hike on the slopes of the Guadalupe,
And I come right back down with my body droopy.
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31 Souvenir hunting can be done at Hot Springs;
Last time I went, I confess, I bought things!
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36 I'm going again to visit King's Canyon.
Please come along and be my companion.
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40 There are miles of cave trails in Mammoth;
You could take years exploring the gamut.
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45 Go for a walk in the Petrified Forest,
But don't climb the trees--that'll make you the sorest.
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47 You'll sleep good up in Rocky Mountain;
Them sheep, ya know, won't need no countin'.
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49 O, you giant trees of Sequoia,
You must know how much I enjoy ya.
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51 In the midnorth, there's Theodore Roosevelt
With its buttes, rivers, plateaux, and veldt.
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54 I'll tell of the boxwork in Wind Cave,
If you enjoy hearing your friend rave.
55 The glaciers at Wrangell - St. Elias
Bring pleasures no one can deny us.
56 You'll write home about Yellowstone!
(Or perhaps, instead, use the telephone.)
57 A wonderful place is Yosemite;
Many waterfalls grace the proximity.
58 Between the steep sidewalls of Zion,
Watch for mule deer and mountain lion.

See the "Map of the Parks"!
See the "Plan For Visiting"!
See the "Quiz on the Parks"!
See the "Mythical Parks"!