National Parks Adventures

Out of all the places I've traveled, the United States is the most beautiful of them all. No other country boasts such diversity in landscape. If America is a melting pot of cultures, so too is it a mix of environments, from the icy mountains of Alaska to the scalding deserts of Arizona, the rolling mountains of Appalachia, the rugged New England coastline, and the murky swamps of the Gulf. 

Ruth Glacier, Denali National Park. This pristine wilderness is only accessible by bush plane. 

Ruth Glacier, Denali National Park. This pristine wilderness is only accessible by bush plane. 

I started on this journey quite late in life. I was in my late twenties and had agreed to help a friend move across the country. We decided to stop at a few National Parks along the way, and as part of the adventure, we would also camp. I have never camped before, hadn't ever really been in the outdoors before, but I jumped into it enthusiastically, as I tend to do with all things. 

This wasn't the first time I'd been to a National Park. I'd gone to Shenandoah a few times with family, usually just to do a quick drive through and take some cute pictures. I'd also gone up to Acadia a few times with friends. But I never explored these places, never thought to myself how valuable the Parks are, and most importantly, never allowed it to affect me on a visceral level. 

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park. The vivid colors are the result of thermophilic bacteria that thrive in these otherwise hostile conditions. 

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park. The vivid colors are the result of thermophilic bacteria that thrive in these otherwise hostile conditions. 

One of the many vantage points on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. The Appalachian mountains are much older than the Rocky Mountains and thus more gentle in appearance. 

One of the many vantage points on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. The Appalachian mountains are much older than the Rocky Mountains and thus more gentle in appearance. 

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