In 2011, Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods won the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship, a $75,000 award given each year to one American writer.
Woods won the prize with his unique proposal to spend one year in the national parks, which celebrate their centennial this year.
Throughout 2012, he visited one park a month, starting with a sunrise in Acadia National Park in Maine, and ending with a sunset in Haleakala National Park in Hawaii.
Woods shares his experiences in his new book, "Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America's National Parks."
The book not only explores the parks, but also family, the legacies we inherit, and the ones we leave behind.
Mark Woods joins us to discuss the book and the future of the National Park Service.