It was good to get back into hiking, and the US certainly does its National Parks well. We purchased an Annual Pass for a very reasonable sum, and visited a total of 14 National Parks, Monuments, and Historic Sites during our trip. These were: Crater Lake NP, Lassen Volcanic Peak NP, Death Valley NP, Zion NP, Bryce Canyon NP, Pipe Spring NM, Grand Canyon NP, Walnut Canyon NM, Montezuma Castle NM, Casa Grande Ruins NM, Saguaro NP, Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP, Oregon Caves NM, and Fort Vancouver NHS.
Every ranger has a vertical slot-like hat rack in his or her office. It’s built directly onto the wall, and this is where the Smokey-the-Bear hats reside when not on a ranger’s head. It also acts as a “hat press” and keeps the brim flat.