DAY 15: Zion National Park
Zion was 👌! We really hope to come back to finally do the narrows! (lots of risks of flash floods so we couldn't...)
We continue with showing some of our favorite National Parks in honor of National Park Week and we move on to one that has become very dear to our hearts ... Death Valley! We enjoy visiting this park many times a year and never get tired of it. The largest National Park in the lower 48, it constitutes an astonishing array of diversity and landscapes, boasts the lowest point in North America with Badwater Basin at 282 feet below sea level and holds the distinguished world record for hottest place on Earth at 134 degrees fahrenheit on July 10, 1913. This park is amazing because so much of it demands one delve deeper and truly explore to find the real gems and there are plenty to find. It is always in flux and ever-changing. We could go on and on about our deep love and appreciation of this amazing place but will just say we feel a deep sense of calm and peace every time we are there and we are so thankful it is protected for all to enjoy! #mesquitesanddunes #sanddunes #deathvalleynationalpark #deathvalleynp #roadtrip #nationalparkweek #nationalparkgeek #happybirthdaynationalparks #roadtrip #nps #nationalparklife #roadtrip #getoutside #ourpubliclands
Sol Duc Falls in Olympic National Park, Washington. Happy National Park Week!
Early morning in the land of Zion.☀️
I want to dedicate this post to my mamas, @trishc67
, for her birthday today. Last year I threw her a surprise party for the big 5-0 & this year we've agreed to travel the world together, because life is short & we aren't promised tomorrow. So (for starters of doing more traveling) I took her to Death Valley since she had never been! 💀 We both still learn from each other on a daily basis, but I owe everything I am today, to her. She is my rock & has always been there, no matter what - good and bad - even through the teenage years haha. Growing up, she's taught me to be humble and to go into the world with my head held high, to work hard for the things I want in life, to not accept anything less than what I deserve & to be better than the person I was yesterday. She has taught me the value of patience, love, humility, understanding, kindness, compassion, humanity, respect & hard work... to enjoy the little things & (of course) to always have a sense of adventure. She has instilled in me to find happiness in the smallest of moments & to enjoy what little we do have - you can't find much in material objects & money doesn't buy happiness. I am truly blessed & grateful that this incredible woman is my mother. We have conquered so much together over the years & I am proud of the hard-working example she's set for me to follow. Cheers & love ya! 🍻💜🎂 .
#BadwaterBasin #NationalParkWeek #DeathValleyNationalPark #DeathValley #HikeDeathValley #GirlsWhoHike #SweatyDirtyHappy #ForceOfNature #NationalParkGeek #ExploreResponsibly #NationalParkLife #FindYourPark #LoveYourPark #LetsKeepItWild #RadParks #FriendsOfParks @parksproject
The Grand Tetons last summer. (June 2017)
Not every trip to the mountains is magical, but sometimes you get lucky. This was one of those times, as the sunset just kept on going and going like an Energizer battery and produced the most vibrantly pink clouds I’ve ever seen.
This winter was my first as a Washingtonian. Whenever I told people I was moving to Washington they gave me a skeptical look and, without fail, asked “but what about the rain?” Sure the winter had some dark and rainy days but there were also days when the sun shined and Mount Rainier suddenly materialized out of the clouds like some sort of magic trick. Those days made the dreary days worth it and the dreary days made those sunny days feel even sweeter. Pictured is an especially sweet winter day that serves as an example of why I moved here! 📷: @alexspaeth
Get low, get off the road, find your own angle. There were 10-15 people on the bridge in Zion taking the same shot (of course I had to take it too). It is definitely “iconic”, but it’s nice to have your own version too!
✨That WOW moment when you see these kind of views 🤗 did you know you can actually see the famous Coachella Valley from Joshua Tree? 🎶😜
Check out my latest post in my blog to see more of the whimsical Joshua Tree National Park 🤗 link in my bio or visit www.ourwanderthirst.com
Little birds saw we were snacking, and all we had to do was put our hands up and they would come flying thinking there was food in our hands. I felt bad because we couldn’t feed them 🕊
Hooray for Environmental education week!! This week educators, students, nonprofits, communities and others come together to inspire environmental learning and encourage stewardship of our essential resources: land, air and water. During mountain school at the learning center, instructors teach mountain schoolers the importance of stream health and how it can effect both humans and wildlife. 📸: Adam Resnick
Looking down over Palouse Falls in Eastern Washington.
is our next stop for #nationalparkweek
Ft Sumter is a pentagon shaped building that once had five-foot thick walls, towering more than 50 ft. above the water at low tide. It was only 90% complete at the time of bombardment
It sits on a man-made island that took over ten years to build. Ships from New England brought down 70,000 tons of granite + rock to make its foundation that sits on a sand bar in Charleston’s harbor.
At 4:30 AM on April 12, 1861, a mortar shell was fired from Ft Johnson + exploded directly over Fort Sumter. This signaled all Confederate guns to open fire and the American Civil War had begun.
although there were no casualties during the 34 hour bombardment of Ft Sumter, two Union soldiers were killed during the surrender ceremony
We invite you to take the 30 minute scenic boat tour out to the fort the next time you’re in #charlestonsc
Someone was apparently trying to win permission to join the rest of the herd over in the marsh behind him. The stallion seemed to have instructed this young guy to stay put while the rest of them munched out. He waited patiently for a while and then started doing this little show and whinning #wildhorses #whp
Everything the light touches...
In honor of National Park Week we are sharing some of our favorite National Park memories. Awe....the Grand Canyon. This National Park is impressive, but what makes it so special to us is a couple different reasons. Nathan and I rededicate our marriage vows to each other in a unique spot every year and this is the day and spot we chose last year. It was an incredible moment between the two of us. It is corny I know, but we look forward to it every year and what better spot than this secluded area of the Grand Canyon. The next reason this park is special to us is because my mom got to come out and experience it with us. We LOVED having her spend time with us and experiencing the Grand Canyon with 3 generations of women was a special memory to me. We woke up to sunrises and and coffee chats and finished the day off with beautiful sunsets together. It was a moment of full time travel we will never forget. Thank you #nationalparkservice
for this incredible park you share with us.
is littered with truly awesome spots. Everett Covered Bridge is one of them.