Unlike Parker, Nat is a very "citified" bear. That's why he was thrilled to take the eastern United States for his portion of the bears' National Park Service tour. His stops were mostly (though not entirely) east of the Mississippi River. The parks there are often historic homes and urban parks. Perfect for a genteel and sophisticated bear like Nat!
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
Oyster Bay, New York
Week of May 20, 2002
Hi! It's a beautiful day here in Oyster Bay and I'm enjoying my visit to Sagamore Hill. I'm sitting on the piazza overlooking the hill that's covered in daisies.
I learned today that TR received a bear cub as a gift and let his children keep him as a pet. His name was Jonathan Edwards and he roamed the grounds here at Sagamore Hill. What a neat place!
William Howard Taft National Historic Site
Week of July 1, 2002
Nat is having a great time! He told us that WIHO [William Howard Taft NHS] was his FAVORITE park! He hopes that all is well back at THRI [Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural NHS] and that he'll be home soon.
Eric Patterson, WIHO Park Ranger & Nat's Secretary
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
Kinderhook, New York
Week of July 8, 2002
Arrived here July 1 and am receiving VIP treatment. Looking forward to spending the 4th with interpretation rangers here. Van Buren was a distant relative of TR!
Send my Hawaiian shirt - the tux is rather hot.
Springfield Armory National Historic Site
Week of July 15, 2002
I am so excited! I have just arrived at the Springfield Armory NHS. Tonight I will be appearing on stage with the "Valley Swing Orchestra," tributes to "Frank Sinatra," and "The Andrews Sisters." I will be the only dancing bear at the concert.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site
Week of August 5, 2002
Hey everybody!! The folks at FRLA [Frederick Law Olmsted NHS] took me to JOFI [John Fitzgerald Kennedy NHS] today & I got to have my picture taken with JFK's bear. Can imagine ... me ...Nat.. in the Kennedy birthplace, in the Kennedy bed, with the Kennedy teddy bear!!
I'm having a GREAT time.
Weir Farm National Historic Site
Week of August 12, 2002
To my THRI family -
'Twas a long and arduous journey to the rural hills of Connecticut. Ranger Cliff was taking a leave of absence, so my first few days here were in total darkness. However, now that I find myself out of the box, I can duly recover from my rough ride here. I look forward to an exciting weekend at Weir Farm. So far I have been recuperating in the visitor's center with Ranger Mike and Ranger Tal. They have promised to take me to the studies with an art class after lunch. Should be a jolly good time! Especially the lunch part! Ho, ho, ho (chuckle). Hopefully this letter finds you in good spirits and good health.
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site
Buffalo, New York
Week of September 9, 2002
"I'm homesick. I need to come home and visit my friends for a few days."
After a whirlwind journey of eleven parks and over 3,700 miles, Nat decided that it was time to come home and visit his friends. Plus he was a little homesick and needed some TLC before heading out on the road again.
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
Week of October 7, 2002
Having a great time at Harpers Ferry. It's beautiful! Learning a lot of history to tell Parker. Marsha, one of the rangers, will send you some digital pics. She also took others that I'll bring home with me. John Brown, Thomas Jefferson, Meriwether Lewis, W.E.B. DuBois, Frederick Douglass, and many more famous people have been here. Wow!
George Washington Birthplace National Monument
Week of October 28, 2002
Everglades National Park
Week of February 10, 2003
Hi All -
Hello and greetings from the Everglades. I actually watched the sunrise at Hidden Lake Environmental Education Camp. This is the way to start a day. I am enjoying myself. Seeing lots of gators and birds at the Anhinga trail. I love it here.
Having a great time. The weather is absolutely beautiful.