01 October 2009

National Parks vs. Pop Culture

National Parks
  • this week I have been tuning into The National Parks: America's Best Idea
  • ... it continues tonight & concludes tomorrow night on PBS
  • while I am a self proclaimed history nerd, I really believe that this documentary is excellent
  • all aspects of it, including: the footage (pictures & videos), the narratives, the narrators themselves, the people profiled ... the list goes on.
  • I think it is easy to forget how vast and beautiful America is
  • I also think that is amazing that certain people recognized this over a hundred years ago, and felt a sense of urgency to do something about it.
Pop Culture
  • Last night, my mom was reluctantly watching National Parks with me, and at the conclusion of the segment on the Great Smoky Mountains she jokingly quipped, "I can't believe they didn't even mention Smokey the Bear."
  • ... that got me to thinking that the National Parks have made several appearances in pop culture, including:
  • Smokey the Bear
  • Yogi Bear
  • Yosemite Sam
  • John Denver's Rocky Mountain High
  • the Brady Bunch took a trip to the Grand Canyon
  • ... the Griswolds also stopped by the Grand Canyon on their way to Wally World


  1. Liz,
    I normally don't like history, but I loved this series too! Something about it was so intriguing and it made me want to take a road trip even more!

  2. hi liz,
    i'm tuning in from La Rochelle France, and I am doing research on the relationship between national park heritage and popular culture, so thanks for mentioning those references!!