Abbie Smith and Anne Kenison decides to mark the centennial of Grand Canyon National Park by trying 100 new things in the park over the course of a year. The duo were inspired to explore the Grand Canyon in depth after hearing a talk by Kevin Fedarko and Peter McBride, both avid Grand Canyon explorers. Grand Canyon National Park is more popular than ever as it reaches its hundredth year, with some six million visitors annually, but it’s important that each of those visitors do their part to preserve the Grand Canyon for future guests, an idea important to both Smith and Kenison.
- Abbie Smith is at the Grand Canyon Park to celebrate New Year’s Eve although it is cold and wintry night because she could not think of a better place.
- Abbie Smith and her friend, Anne Kenison, are two examples of the 6 million people who visit the Grand Canyon every year.
- One challenge the Grand Canyon is facing with so many people visiting yearly is how to manage all those people while protecting the park for future generations.
“Smith and Kenison, who bonded over their love for national parks and Arizona, used the park’s 100th anniversary to launch a yearlong quest to try 100 new things at the park.”
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