Confessions of a Serial National Park Visitor

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The best deal in the world for mature travelers is the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) lifetime visitor pass for $80. It’s good at some 2,000 national parks, monuments, and federal recreation areas. Here’s more about the appeal of our National Park Service.

Desert Sunset, Keys View, Joshua Tree, California

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Why are desert sunsets so beautiful? Desert sunsets, like this one at Keys View at Joshua Tree National Park, are particularly red due to the dryness of the air. Moist air tends to scatter light more. Also, deserts tend to have cleaner air, and therefore allow the light a more direct path to the eye, making the color more dramatic.