Which is why, following Veteran's Day, we'd like to share the moving story of one park lover and their connection to the special park in his backyard: "When I came back from Vietnam and landed at SeaTac, I was a lost 20-year-old young man, not really knowing what to do or how to act, and the culture shock was getting to me. There was Gramps standing at the concourse with a map in his hands! The first words he said, "Larry, d***it, let's get going! Look at this map! I found a really good way to approach those lakes near Mount Anderson.” This was the absolute best thing that could have happened for me, as his familiar demeanor instantly brought back all that was truly important to me. He was wise enough to know how to get me back into “the world" again, Gramps talked it all out with me while dragging me up insanely steep terrain."
—Larry Smith, Outdoor Lover, Friend of the Fund, Vietnam Vet
Get inspired by the rest of Larry's story, and the incredible bond he shared with his "Gramps" in @Olympic_NPS
, through the link in our profile: https://wnpf.org/hiking-in-the-olympic-mountains-part-1/
Also don't forget to come back for the rest of this special four-part sequence!
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Photo courtesy of Larry Smith