Ambassador Tigran: Extra Desert, Please!
Our Buddy Bison Student Ambassador, Tigran Nahabedian, knows that winter can be an exceptional time to visit national parks! Tigran and his family recently took me on an adventure to several national park units in Arizona. Read about some of Tigran’s trip highlights below:
“I love Arizona! It’s a great place for junior rangers. We packed our bags and after many hours of traveling, found ourselves in Organ Pipe Cactus National Park. We didn’t know much about it before we got there, and we weren’t alone. A ranger told us a story of a superintendent that missed the park and drove into Mexico. We pitched our tent and that night heard javelinas, a kind of peccary, right outside the tent. The next day we got a Junior Ranger booklet and went on a very bumpy scenic drive. Along the way, we stopped every time we saw water to look for tracks. We saw some good ones...including a mountain lion! The mountain lion had been spotted in the area and this one had BIG paws. I love all the desert vegetation, but Buddy wouldn’t have enjoyed eating there—not much grass and lots of thorns.
One of the highlights of the trip was visiting the Petrified Forest National Park.The petrified wood is beautiful and I saw some amazing pieces. What I didn’t expect were all of the Native American cultural sites. I particularly liked the incredible petroglyphs.”
To read his full story of all the parks he traveled to in Arizona, check out this link.
Thanks, Tigran, for sharing your park adventures with us and for taking me along! To get your own Buddy Bison click here. Then share your park adventures with us too. We may feature you in a future issue of Buzz! Send your photos and stories to Katie Zimmerman at firstname.lastname@example.org.