When the lenticular clouds start to form near the peaks it’s usually windy up high, moderately to violently turbulent near the hills, and not nearly as serene as a blue sky suggests. Not a comfortable day for exploring by air, but it sure was pretty looking south into the St. Elias range from near the US-Yukon border.
📌January 3rd - Alaska Admission Day! On January 3, 1959, Alaska became the 49th [and largest] state in the U.S. Alaska is home to 24 national parks, 1 national heritage area, 49 national historic landmarks, 16 natural national landmarks, and 1 World Heritage Site! There are 13 Wild and Scenic Rivers managed by the National Park Service. Wrangell St Elias National Park and Preserve is the largest national park in the United States, equal to 6 Yellowstone’s. This photo is taken by Eric Rolph with a double rainbow through the park.
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Bird's eye view of Wrangell St. Elias National Park in Alaska.
Halfway between Chitina and Cordova a small hidden channel splits off from an already small braid of the mighty Copper River. At the right water level, with guides that know each and every turn, you can silently slip into what we call the “jungle channel” and for an hour feel that you’re on a lush green safari on a small stream in a totally different part of the world. Eagles and other birds call from the trees, alder branches gently graze the calmly flowing water, and you may get lucky enough to see something like this mama grizzly and yearling cubs wandering along the bank in search of salmon. Join us for this sort of magical experience in 2018! #raftalaska#copperriver#wilderness#grizzly#sowandcubs#wrangellstelias#chugach#chugachnationalforest#optoutside#wildlife#2018adventures
❄️ Fact: Rocky Mountain National Park has 355 miles of hiking trails, 282 species of birds, 450 miles of streams, 156 lakes, and hundreds of animal species including moose, elk, deer, bighorn sheep, cougar, bear, fox, bobcat, marmot, beaver, porcupine, and badger. .
Flickr - Chris Collins, Bear Lake
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Happy Birthday Alaska! There is so much to love about the 49th state, with its snowy peaks, frigid glacial melt, all the greenest greens, trees for days and other amazing flora and fauna, the incredible midnight sun, some of the loveliest, most genuine people you’ll meet, and the promise of adventure. I am forever counting the days til I return to this wild place 💙
🔥Tip: September to early October is the best time to visit Acadia National Park. That's when you can avoid the large summer crowds and below freezing temperatures. Fog and rain are common in March, April, and May. .
Flickr - Drew Tarvin
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❄️ Fact: Acadia National Park is the oldest national park east of the Mississippi River. It is located on Maine's Atlantic coast close to Bar Harbor. .
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Didn’t the instructions say something about not flying your kite in places where you could fall to your death? Luckily for @buildergrrl there wasn’t any wind on the plateau above Long Glacier that day, so we took a hike instead.
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I’ll send a free copy of my 2018 calendar to the first person who can name this spot in the #wrangells 😊!
The low light of Alaska's winter solstice is summed up in one word: *enchanting*. Inhabitants of the far north can't help but be swayed by the exaggerated solar swings throughout the year, and the season of long nights has so many charms...this mountain bathed in lazy lingering alpenglow dominates the northern horizon at my home. My soul swells in celebration of the cosmic recipe that creates these moments, and this time of year they literally last for hours - mountain magic suspended in motion. Happy Solstice everybody. In the year ahead may we all bring more Light into our lives. 🗻