I’m a columnist for the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, Fla. In the summer of 2011, I won the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing, an award that each year gives one writer the opportunity to “broaden his or her journalistic horizons.”

In my case, the horizons are iconic ones, starting with the view from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park when the sun comes up on New Year’s Day – the first sunrise in America – and continuing across the country and throughout one year in our national parks.

This isn’t about the past. From John Muir to Ken Burns, many others already have magnificently documented how we got to this point in history. But what does the future hold?

With the centennial of the National Park Service around the corner in 2016, I am spending a year in our parks, searching for people and stories that can help answer this question: What will the national parks look like, sound like and feel like in another 100 years?

In case you’re interested, here’s an earlier post about my happiest place on earth.

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