Friday, September 25, 2009

America's Best Idea

Ken Burns' new documentary, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, starts this Sunday, September 27, on PBS (at 8 PM on WETA). It promises amazing scenery and inspiring stories of the people who worked to protect these places.

Writer/producer Dayton Duncan perfectly captures why we agree that National Parks are one of the best things about this country:
By virtue of being an American, whether your ancestors came over on the Mayflower or they just arrived, whether you're from a big city or from a rural state, whether your daddy owns the factory or your mother is a maid, you -- you -- are the owner of some of the best seafront property the nation's got. You own magnificent waterfalls, you own stunning views of mountains and canyons. They belong to you. They're yours. And all that's asked of you is to put it in your will, for your children, so that they can have it too...Hopefully, you'll provide for proper maintenance of this property that is yours. But that's all you've got to do. Now, that's quite a bargain.
Tomorrow (Saturday, September 26), the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation are throwing a party with Ken Burns, on the Ellipse from 5:00 to 8:30 PM. From 5:00-7:00 there will be live music, free ice cream, and activities sponsored by the 14 local national parks. At 7:00 there will be a preview of the documentary.

If you can't make it tomorrow, PBS has made a half hour preview available on YouTube - check it out, and be inspired: