National Park Week is definitely a holiday I can get on board with!
Oh…. you mean this isn’t a statuary week long holiday? Damn. I can pretend though, right??
Seriously though, I’m convinced that the National Park Service is part of my DNA. I’ve been obsessed with them every since I was a kid. As a family, we’d drive to Reno a few times a year (because, where the hell else would a five year old want to go… Disneyland?!) The first park I recall travelling through as a kid was the Lava Beds National Monument in Northern California, and going caving with my Dad there. Beyond cool. Then we’d go to nearby Lassen Volcanic National Park on a different trip, Crater Lake on another one, etc.
Then as I got older, I could branch out with my friends. We’d do these crazy road trips where we’d check out Yellowstone in Wyoming, then the long way around into Utah to check out Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, and Zion. Then a quick stop at the Grand Canyon in Arizona, before staying in Vegas for a full week. And then it was a long trip north through Yosemite and Crater Lake. See, some of my best memories are intertwined in the National Parks! My only real “regret” is that this particular trip was long before I *knew* how to use a camera. But that’s ok, there have been a ton of great road trips and photos since then. So without further adieu, to celebrate National Park week, here are some of my favourite images!
This next set is from our Crater Lake boat tour to Wizard Island! They call me “The Squirrel Whisperer” for good reason. 😉
A couple images from the Lightning Springs hike. Honestly, not a whole lot to see on this trail, but it does junction with the Pacific Crest Trail!
Now onto Plaikni Falls
The Pinnacles, at the south end of Crater Lake National Park
I spent a few days in Yellowstone with my friends at Backcountry Journeys, capturing the fall colors!
First, let’s check out some wildlife. I definitely see why people call this the Serengeti of North America!
And now the geysers! We were lucky enough to see Grand Geyser erupt, and we watched Old Faithful erupt three different times.
The geyser basin at sunset!
This is Grand Prismatic, USA’s largest hot spring. And I must assume the most colorful!
And now some more beautiful Yellowstone scenery!
Yep, we went from the blistering sun to a rocky mountain snowstorm almost overnight!
I travelled to Grand Teton National Park with the same group of friends from Backcountry Journeys. SUCH a good time!
The first couple photos here are sunset along the Snake River.
And here is a BEAUTIFUL sunrise with the Tetons reflected in the Snake River.
And here’s another sunset, this time with a barn!
And a couple moose who wanted their portraits taken
Let’s start on a hike up Angel’s Landing, one of Zion’s most famous hikes!
Here’s a sunset at The Watchman
And here’s a fun composite! Three photos, same place, different times of the same evening. Because making art is fun!
My one and only time in Yosemite! Lots of cool scenery in the world famous Yosemite Valley. El Capitan, Half Dome, Merced River…!
Mt. Lassen was the first volcano I ever climbed. I wanted to add an extra challenge and reward this time around. So I hiked up to watch the sunset, then walked down by the light of the full moon. What an AMAZING experience!
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