My Favorite National Park (Please Help It Win!)Meagan Francis
I was born in a place many — perhaps most — people I know have never heard of: Munising, a small town in Michigan’s wildly beautiful Upper Peninsula, nestled along the shores of Lake Superior.
At first glance, Munising doesn’t seem all that different from other small towns in northern climates. A population of about 2,500 people. A quaint downtown. Lots of snowmobiles.
But there’s more to the area than that.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, for one. Though it’s far from the only breathtakingly beautiful natural area in the Upper Peninsula, Pictured Rocks may be one of the most impressive, featuring 15 miles of sandstone cliffs along the Superior shoreline, sand dunes, beaches and waterfalls.
Pictured Rocks was the first area to be recognized as a National Lakeshore by the National Park Service in 1966. And though we moved from the area when I was a little girl, I credit Pictured Rocks and the other parks and wild areas of the Upper Peninsula for instilling in me a deep and lasting love of trees, lakes, and pristine natural beauty.
I’m planning a trip up to the Upper Peninsula with my children this summer, and can’t wait to show them this amazing place. And of course, I want Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore — and other National Parks — to be preserved for my children’s children, and for generations to come.
That’s why I’m so excited about Coca-Cola’s America Is Your Park program. The winning park will receive a $100,000 recreational grant, and I want Pictured Rocks to win! Of course, if you’ve got your own favorite park, by all means vote for it. The way I see it, when one national park wins, they all win (and so do we.)
So please, help your favorite National Park win — and let me know which park got your vote!
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