Mark Metcalf

Into the wild with Mark Metcalf

Mark Metcalf shares some stories and photos from his travels through one of America's great treasures, its national parks.

By - Aug 16th, 2012 10:50 am

Photos by Mark Metcalf.

I took a trip with my son earlier this summer to visit many of this country’s great National Parks. We went to Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in Montana, and Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the American Prairie Reserve in North Dakota. And of course, a trip West wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the Serengeti of the north, Yellowstone National Park.

I wanted to share some of this experience with you, the listener, so while I was at Yellowstone, I called the ThirdCoast Digest office and our producer, Dan Shafer, was there to press record.

There’s a kind of spiritual uplift that comes from being our National Parks; these places where Theodore Roosevelt fought so valiantly to preserve. It takes commitment to preserve places like these, but it’s worth it. One moment beautifully captured the experience of being in the natural world. While in the middle of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, we were sitting in the middle of a herd of buffalo, with wild horses grazing all around them, a woman turned to me and said, “This is a religious experience!” with tremendous joy in her eyes.

Listen now:

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Below is a photo gallery that includes many of the sights I talked about on the podcast. View the set on flickr here.

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Backstage with Mark Metcalf” is recorded at the ThirdCoast Digest office in the Shops of Grand Avenue.

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