March 01, 2006

Old Man Winter and a Couple New Parks

The wind has been blowing like crazy from the north the past three or four days. Mount Marathon has grown plumes as the gales howl past its tip. Walking to work has been a struggle, even if it only takes five minutes. The strong, frigid gusts suck the air right out of your lungs and even push you backwards, boots sliding on the icy glaze covering every surface.

I'm feeling much better, although my coworkers don't really appreciate the endless coughing fits. Still haven't had a chance to go look for those auklets. Hopefully the winds will die down in time for the weekend. Can't really see much out in the bay with all of the wave action going on anyway.

An interesting bit of news... The National Park Service has just announced the creation of two brand new park units, Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site in Washington, DC, and the African Burial Grounds National Monument in Manhattan, NY. This brings the total number of NPS units up to 390. The monument design for the African Burial Grounds is still preliminary, but it looks pretty interesting. Here's what I found about it:

"The African Burial Ground was re-discovered in 1991, when construction began on a federal office building in lower Manhattan. The site was designated by the Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark in 1993. The burial ground is part of an original seven-acre site containing the remains of approximately 15,000 people, making it the largest and oldest African cemetery excavated in North America."

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