100 Days of National Parks: Day 42 – Landscape Arch, Arches National Park

Sometimes the places you visit are so clearly ephemeral and short-lived that being there takes on added meaning. Walking along the Devil’s Garden Trail in Arches National Park and seeing the long, narrow span of Landscape Arch, the longest freestanding natural arch in the world, is just such an experience.

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Sometimes the places you visit are so clearly ephemeral and short-lived that being there takes on added meaning.  Walking along the Devil’s Garden Trail in Arches National Park and seeing the long, narrow span of Landscape Arch, the longest freestanding natural arch in the world, is just such an experience.

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1oo Days of National Parks: Day 33 – Wall of Hoodoos, Bryce Canyon National Park

It’s such a profoundly unique experience to walk through the winding trails below the rim of Bryce Canyon and weave amongst the towering hoodoos that make up the Park’s iconic amphitheater. The alien landscape is one of the most affecting sights in any park, with its towering sandstone spires reaching toward impossibly blue skies, the few trees and plants along the slopes fighting for existence in the harshness of the high desert.

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Wall of Hoodoos

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It’s such a profoundly unique experience to walk through the winding trails below the rim of Bryce Canyon and weave amongst the towering hoodoos that make up the Park’s iconic amphitheater.  The alien landscape is one of the most affecting sights in any park, with its towering sandstone spires reaching toward impossibly blue skies, the few trees and plants along the slopes fighting for existence in the harshness of the high desert.

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100 Days of National Parks: Day 24 – Rocky Pass, North Cascades

One of the things I absolutely am excited for in the coming months is the prospect of further exploring the wilderness of North Cascades National Park. The huge glacial valleys and craggy peaks are simply magical, and walking along the ridges and through the forests of this wilderness is one of the most primal experiences I’ve ever had the joy of undertaking.

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Rocky Pass

One of the things I absolutely am excited for in the coming months is the prospect of further exploring the wilderness of North Cascades National Park.  The huge glacial valleys and craggy peaks are simply magical, and walking along the ridges and through the forests of this wilderness is one of the most primal experiences I’ve ever had the joy of undertaking.

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100 Days of National Parks: Day 20 – Mirror in the Merced, Yosemite

Mirror in the Merced

There is something profoundly peaceful about sitting on the banks of the Merced River in Yosemite Valley listening to the slow rush of water and staring out at the towering granite cliffs and domes that rise out of the valley floor. It’s impossible not to be captivated by the scenery, transfixed by your surroundings.

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Mirror in the Merced

Mirror in the Merced
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There is something profoundly peaceful about sitting on the banks of the Merced River in Yosemite Valley listening to the slow rush of water and staring out at the towering granite cliffs and domes that rise out of the valley floor.  It’s impossible not to be captivated by the scenery, transfixed by your surroundings.

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100 Photos in 100 Days for 100 Years

As many who know me are infinitely aware, I have a profound love and respect for the National Park Service and federal lands in general. When I’ve needed to get away from the pressures of the world, I’ve turned to places like Zion or Yosemite for the solace and mental peace that only nature can provide. When I found out that this year was the Centennial of the National Park Service, I wanted to commemorate it in my own way, so starting today and continuing for the next 100 days, I will be showcasing a photo from one of America’s great parks, sharing with you all the beauty I see in all of these national lands.

Glacier Point

As many who know me are infinitely aware, I have a profound love and respect for the National Park Service and federal lands in general.  When I’ve needed to get away from the pressures of the world, I’ve turned to places like Zion or Yosemite for the solace and mental peace that only nature can provide.  When I found out that this year was the Centennial of the National Park Service, I wanted to commemorate it in my own way, so starting today and continuing for the next 100 days, I will be showcasing a photo from one of America’s great parks, sharing with you all the beauty I see in all of these national lands. Continue reading “100 Photos in 100 Days for 100 Years”