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The view from Angels Landing never seems to disappoint. ••••• Thank you Tyler @azalyne for the sweet sunset. ------- Words can't describe how magical it was watching the sun set from Angels Landing...photos can't do it justice either 💖💖💖 ------ #nationalparkgeek #FYPyes #nps #nationalpark #nationalparks #americasbestidea #findyourpark #goparks #nationalparkfoundation #everykidinapark #nature #naturelovers #npca #nationalparktrust #protectourpubliclands #climatechangeisreal #zion #sunset #angelslanding
To build on my last post, this isn’t the first time I’ve cried because I was outside. (The first time was actually in Big Bend.) Just a couple of weeks ago I was driving @bae.rrito through the gates of Zion. When we rounded the first bend and found ourselves on the valley floor... I cried lol. Thanks for not thinking I’m a freak.
Nights in the North are indeed special. ••••• Thanks to the good folks at Alaska National Parks @alaskanps and Kenai Fjords @kenaifjordsnps for the wonderful view. •••••• #northernlights generally occur along the auroral ovals, which center on the magnetic poles and roughly correspond with the Arctic and Antarctic circles. The lights can be visible at lower latitudes when solar activity is high. #auroraborealis over Mt. Alice and Resurrection Bay. Photo / J. Tumidalsky #alaskanationalparks #nationalpark #findyourpark #encuentratuparque #usinterior #nationalparkgeek ------- #nationalparkgeek #FYPyes #nps #nationalpark #nationalparks #americasbestidea #findyourpark #goparks #nationalparkfoundation #everykidinapark #nature #naturelovers #npca #nationalparktrust #protectourpubliclands #climatechangeisreal
Leaving this snowy beauty for a little while. Hoping those two years of Spanish that I took 10 years ago will pull through for me 🤞🏼🇪🇸
#trailtuesday - an oldie from 2015, but still a goodie. A great view of the Grand Mesa from the Colorado National Monument.
I was on a trail in the mountains this afternoon. The rhythmic crunch of snow under my boots kept my mind off how many miles stood between me and the car. Every few minutes I reminded myself to be present, and I would stop in my tracks to just...be. I found myself next to a glorious, sunny meadow. I sat down in a dry spot. Laid down. Closed my eyes against the sun and listened to that magical sounds the wind makes as it whips across the hills and through the trees. Then I cried. I don’t know why. It was so beautiful and I could feel the billion years of secrets that dirt held and I was so sad to leave... There is a literal magic these places hold and if you sit still long enough it’s palpable.
Four days on the road alone. Four days of the same scenes I’ve replayed in my head for the past six months. Thankful to be going home to people that will listen to the same story, the same rant that I’ve shouted a thousand times. Thankful for friends that will listen as if they’ve never heard. As if they don’t know the exact words that will come out of my mouth next. They could recite my lines for me, yet they listen. While I have a healthy relationship with my alone time, I am not an alone kind of person. I am so ready to be home.
Linville Falls and Gorge on the Blue Ridge Parkway (1991) Gorgeous in the misty atmosphere! Recently scanned a bunch of pics from this early-90s trip that took us to five NPS sites. #linvillefalls #linvillegorge #blueridgeparkway #northcarolina #nationalparks #nationalparkservice #nationalparkgeek #findyoupark #americasbestidea #mypics 📸 #filmpics #kodachrome (c)CindyRegan
Shenandoah National Park was never really on my winter must see list... but it is AWESOME in the colder months. Ice and water everywhere! Great day on the Cedar Run Trail! . . . . . #shenandoahnationalpark #shenandoah #nationalparks #nationalpark #americasbestidea #findyourpark #hikelife #getoutside #optoutside #nps #travel #travelstoke #takeahike #winterwonderland #winterday #virginia #explore #explorevirginia #blueridgemountains #waterfall #icecicles #greatday #shotoniphone #parkjunkieforlife
Clue #2 - Over 90 species of mammals call this National Park home, with the largest predator being the mountain lion! While these big cats hunt deer and elk in the forests, they do not consider humans prey. In addition to these large predators, this park is also home to the elusive Ringtail cat - Arizona's state mammal! Which park is it? . . Discover which National Park on #travelstampthursday . . Photo feature 📸 from NPS GC SRM . . M-W: Test your NP recognition skills Th: Travel Stamp reveal F-S: Highlights of the featured park
Quietly contemplating shape and form.
I love getting to see the transformation of some if the tide pool creatures between their out-of-water and submerged states. @olympicnationalpark
"I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees." -Henry David Thoreau
I got up early yesterday and logged onto @recreation_gov to make my @Yosemite nps camping reservations for this summer. Scored a waterfront campsite on the Merced river. Can’t wait for summer and glaciated granite views like this one. . . . . . . . . #nationalpark #usinterior #nationalparkgeek #fypyes #nps #nationalparks #americasbestidea #findyourpark #goparks #nationalparkfoundation #everykidinapark #nature #the59parks #naturelovers #npca #nationalparktrust #getoutstayout #wildernessculture #wearethewild #wildernesssociety #flow397 #visitcalifornia #instagram #instagood #landscape
Lace up your boots boy and hit the road. 🌲
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Cross country skiing along the North Fork is a Saturday well spent
Just east of Phoenix, the 700-year-old Tonto cliff dwellings are nestled high above Roosevelt Lake, surrounded by Tonto National Forest. Home to the prehistoric Salado people, you can still see the handprints of the ancient builders permanently imprinted in the walls. #tontonps #findyourpark #goparks #nps #nationalparks #nationalparkgeek #usinterior #nationalmonument #arizona #fypyes #optoutside #theoutbound #wanderlust #igsouthwest #igarizona #explorearizona #exploremore #arizonacollective #instagramaz #discoverarizona #adventureawaits #americasbestidea #az365 #thegreatsw #arizona_landscapes #arizonaisgorgeous
On a cold and icy day I’m thinking of a much warmer day in Canyon de Chelly (Tseyi) September 2017. Current trip to Joshua Tree and Death Valley NPs on hold—will the NPs remain open? #nationalpark #americasbestidea #optoutside #outsidesbetter
📷 “Dragon Breath” at Lake Mead
Great Smoky Mountains National Park was created to protect one of the most biologically diverse areas on the planet. The eastern section of the park is home to Big Creek which provides a quick escape from the rush of the nearby interstate 40. . . . . . #greatsmokymountains #greatsmokymountainsnationalpark #smokies #nationalpark #nationalparks #nationalparklife #nature #hikelife #getoutside #optoutside #findyourpark #americasbestidea #thegreatoutdoors #travel #travelstoke #explore #goforit #goforahike #nationalparkgeek #tennessee #northcarolina #shotoniphone #parkjunkieforlife
“We must be doing something right” MLK Weekend Road Trip: Yosemite National Park 1,491 miles/24 hrs 🚙💨 2 States (OR, CA) 5 Waterfalls (Yosemite Upper and Lower, Vernal, Nevada, Bridalveil) 💦 4 Forest fairies 🦌 3 Nights 🌙 3 Days ☀️ 3 Bags of beef jerky 🥓 2lbs of baby carrots 🥕 2 Accidents 🚙💥🚘 . 1 In-n-Out stop 🍔 0 Bears 🐻 2 Friends making sh*t happen 🤦🏻‍♂️💁🏻‍♀️ . . . #yosemite #yosemitefalls #california #goldenstate #nationalparkgeek #americasbestidea #protectourpubliclands #yolo #roadtrip #weekendwarrior #iweekendsohard #exploretocreate #welivetoexplore #makeshithappen #letsgo #optoutside #rei1440project #forceofnature #happyhour #thatviewtho #herpnwlife #adventureculture #wildernessculture #travelstoke #carpethatfuckingdiem #somanyquestions #monarchbutterflymigration #claimjumper #passthebeefjerky
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Finished off my 20s in peak #pnw . I’ve lost my youth but gained some amazing national parks. #americasbestidea
Clue #1 - Which National Park has the ability to create its own weather patterns? Sections of this park are closed during winter, while others rarely see snow. And with about 6,000 feet of elevation change, temperatures vary wildly from top to bottom. . . Discover which National Park on #travelstampthursday . . Photo feature 📸 from Daniel Pawlak . . M-W: Test your NP recognition skills Th: Travel Stamp reveal F-S: Highlights of the featured park
I was asked to make a parks video to share with my students. I can’t share the final “movie” because my students are in it, but here’s the trailer. A HUGE thanks to @jrrangertigran @thebucketlisttraveler and @nationalparkpatchlady for sharing their stories in the full video!! We really hope to get more teachers on board with using the national parks as an educational resource and see more kids in the parks as a result. #notsojuniorrangers #explorelearnprotect #nationalparktrust #kidstoparks #findyourpark #everykidinapark #buddybison #americasbestidea #nps101 #nationalpark #juniorrangers
Picture this: you’re driving down this road and on the shoulder there’s two big birds picking at a carcass. One flies up and over the trees... turkey buzzard (or similar), no big deal. As you approach the scene, the other bird launches into the air and is flying directly above your car. Just yards above your hood. It’s a heckin bald eagle, y’all. A bald 👏🏼 MF 👏🏼 eagle. 👏🏼 [Removes jaw from floor]
“This photo was taken the first time I went to Yosemite. Not only was it my first time visiting, but also was the first time I climbed Half Dome. It was an amazing time. Three of us did the track, and it was painful but so rewarding.⠀ ⠀ This was after a massive thunderstorm that rumbled through the whole valley the whole night before. All of which gave us amazing clouds and beautiful blue skies in some areas.” 📝📷 @juanarreguin #GoOffline #nationalparks •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ #nps100 #findyourpark #mobileapp #nps #parks #nationalpark #americasbestidea #goparks #nationalparkgeek #yosemitenationalpark #nationalparkservice #travelguide #yosemite #outside #trekking #hiking #mountainhiking #ilovehiking #hikingtrail #hikingtrails #hikingadventures #hike #backpacking #wander #outdoors #backcountry #camping
"No half-heartedness and no worldly fear must turn us aside from following the light unflinchingly." --J.R.R. Tolkien ✨
Imagine you were a snowflake and how proud you would be to fall from the sky and hit exactly where Mt Mazama blew up thousands of years ago, leaving this crater high in the sky. Dissolving into a lake so deep and pure and blue that humans would go out of their way just to see you glitter, you would probably evaporate again to tell the tale to the clouds, forever dreaming to return. “America’s Best Idea” for sure #findyourpark #foundit #americasbestidea #nationalparks #craterlake #wizardisland #winterwonderland #thegreatnorthwest #cascades
Not your typical view of Logan’s Pass. Coming down off the Bishops Cap last summer. #glaciernationalpark #goodtimesoutside #offtrail #3peakday
“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darken life; love illuminates it. “ Dr. Martin Luther King •••••• Thanks to @stephs_trees for sharing the beauty and love of the forest. ———- #nationalparkgeek #FYPyes #nps #nationalpark #nationalparks #americasbestidea #findyourpark #goparks #nationalparkfoundation #everykidinapark #nature #naturelovers #npca #nationalparktrust #protectourpubliclands #climatechangeisreal #redwoods
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ••••••• Many thanks to our friend Chris @chrisriefphoto for sharing this MLK Day ——-- “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” #MLK @nationalmallnps @nationalparkgeek #NationalParkGeek ———- #nationalparkgeek #FYPyes #nps #nationalpark #nationalparks #americasbestidea #findyourpark #goparks #nationalparkfoundation #everykidinapark #nature #naturelovers #npca #nationalparktrust #protectourpubliclands #climatechangeisreal
Half dome peaking through
Alaska is on the brain today. Saw this pretty girl hiding in the willows along the Denali Road. She and her two calves nicely allowed me to photograph them before heading off into the bushes. . . . #findyourpark #dnp #denaliroadlottery #denalinationalpark #denali #nationalpark #nationalparks #nationalparkweek #nationalparkgeek #alaska #alaska 11 #alaskawildlife #WildAndWonderful #alaskaairlines #moose #travel #travelstoke #travelawesome #travelandlife #adventure #adventurelife #adventureculture #safari #adventurelife #americasbestidea 25 #goparks #goexplore
The last drop of light
Got a chance to check out @kambeezy1 ’s little slice of earth in the Black Hills. Talk about property goals.
Spot the climber
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