Longer nights in #Alaska mean more chances to see the #NorthernLights . Above the frigid landscape of #Denali National Park & Preserve, the dark sky comes alight with bright waves of color caused by massive bursts of solar wind and magnetic fields interacting with elements in the Earth's atmosphere. Who said science can’t be beautiful? Photo @DenaliNPS by Kent Miller, #NationalPark Service. #FindYourPark#travel#auroraborealis#usinterior
“Verily the lust for comfort murders the passion of the soul, and then walks grinning in the funeral.” ~Khalil Gibran 🌙 Lately I have been thinking about this quote during the struggle of leaving my warm bed for the cold of the morning, especially while camping. Here, tiny Christine in the middle of the trail provides the scale for the onus of a very early morning out of the Grand Canyon.
Some of my favorite facts about Glacier National Park:
Number of hiking trails: 151
Total length of trails: 745.6 miles
Established as a park on May 11, 1910
Established as an International Biosphere Reserve in 1974
Number of named lakes: 131
Number of unnamed lakes: 631
Total miles of streams inside the park: 2,865 miles / 4,610 km
Total Acreage: 1,012,837
Square miles: 1,583
Miles of exterior boundary: 205
Boundary shared with British Columbia: 31 miles / 50 km
Shared with U.S. Forest Service: 130 miles / 209 km
Acres of wilderness: 963,155, or 1,489.3 sq. miles / 3,857 sq. km
Number of mountains: 175
Highest mountain: Mt. Cleveland at 10,448 ft / 3,190 m
Number of glaciers: 26; 100% of which are shrinking
Largest glacier: Harrison Glacier at 1,661,456.75 sq. meters
Number of species of fish: 24
Number of species of mammals: 71
Number of species of birds: 276 documented
Number of species of plants: 1,132 vascular and 858 non-vascular
It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it. ❄️❄️❄️ ~John Burroughs 🌎 LOCATION: Reflection Lake, Mt Rainier Nat’l Park, WA
Total throwback to May 2017, when @aweil22, @franktops & I left Knoxville, Tennessee around 4 a.m. to catch sunrise at @clingmansdome in the @greatsmokynps 🌄⛰ They’re not called the Great SMOKY Mountains for nothing! 😍 (I was looking through old photos and rediscovered these beautiful pics!)
(📷 credit on first shot: @aweil22)
"Another glorious day, the air as delicious to the lungs as nectar to the tongue." - John Muir
Over the past month, we have enjoyed some beautiful evenings in Glacier National Park with snow capped mountains illuminated in rosy hues. This phenomena is called alpenglow. When the weather is clear, alpenglow occurs before sunrise and just after sunset. The rosy hues are the result of light waves working their way through the atmosphere at a low angle.
Image: Rosy hues over the #mountains at @glaciernps/Amy Vanderbilt
A co-worker of mine was asking each of us, “what is one thing that most people don’t know about you?” It took me a couple of days to think about it, & I realized that not many people know that I’m a National Park volunteer. Not even a lot of my family members know that fact about me. Aside from the nursing gigs on my resume, adding National Park volunteer onto my resume is something i’ve always been really proud of. Most of the volunteering involves trail restoration, cleaning up trails, answering questions at the NP’s, sometimes leading hikes with the rangers if they need help, or aiding in search and rescue if the situation arises. My love for the NP’s runs deep to the core. Ya, I wanna see all current 59 parks across the country, ya I grew up loving hiking & camping…but I’m also really about protecting & preserving our parks so that future generations can enjoy it as well. If you ever see me at Pinnacles (which is probably the next NP I’d volunteer at), come and say hi! 🖤🌲🏞 // #nps#hike#nationalparkservice#modernhiker#exploring#findyourpark#goparks#rei1440project#hiking#gopark#adventure#nationalparks#advocate#52hikechallenge#volunteer
"The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. ~Anne Frank .
After several weeks driving to get to Alaska, this is the sunrise I got to wake up to the morning I crossed the border. 🙏🏻 The morning sun lighting up this range with not a person within a hundred miles, was one of so many humbling moments and memories I will hold closely forever.