Encuentratuparque Photos & Videos

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On Thanksgiving we reflect and give thanks. Today and every day, I'm thankful for those who preserve public lands. I'm grateful to share a tiny bit of the Olympic Peninsula with Olympic National Park and Forest. I give thanks that my children know the trails, mosses, ferns, waters, animal tracks, and more of the ONP and ONF. I'm grateful for finding inspiration in these lands. I'm grateful for the stories and images that emerge from the inspiration. I'm humbly grateful to be able to share them and to grow with them.

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Five Days of Giveaways! Two days left! TODAY’S PRIZE: a pair of Keen Shoes! Whatever kind you want! Did you think it would be a different prize every day? 😉 Winner will be chosen at random (see our IG story!), but you must follow instructions carefully: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Day Four: what does hiking, and/or nature, do for your mental health? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -Post a nature photo (taken by you) in your feed. Doesn’t have to be a selfie. -include one sentence or more about what hiking/nature does for your mental health. It can be as deep or light as you want. -hashtag #unlikelyhikers and TAG @KEEN and @UnlikelyHikers. -you have until 12am eastern time! -i will be in touch with the winner tomorrow morning (pacific time). -please note: by entering, you consent to having your entry (photo and/or words) featured on Unlikely Hikers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Good luck! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ [image description: misty forest of alders and maples covered in moss. Gauzy sunlight breaking through. Text overlay reading “Five Days of Giveaways! Day Four”]

8 hours ago

The year has turned its circle, The seasons come and go. The harvest all is gathered in And chilly north winds blow. Orchards have shared their treasures, The fields, their yellow grain, So open wide the doorway, Thanksgiving comes again. #HappyThanksgiving from your Midwest National Parks! NPS Image by Kristen Maxfield #midwestlife #midwestmoment #nebraska #findyourpark #nationalpark #bison #thanksgiving #EncuentraTuParque #nature #goparks #FindYourPark #MidwestNPS #midwestmoment #adventureisoutthere #midwestlife #travel #parkstagram

19 hours ago

The photo posted yesterday shows one of the electric lighting cables before and after it was camouflaged. This two year project will allow visitors to enjoy the spectacular features of the cavern without the distraction of the black cables. Volunteers from the Sandia Grotto assisted the park this past weekend to help camouflage miles of lighting cables within Carlsbad Cavern. NPS/Todd Roberts #CarlsbadCaverns #NationalPark #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #NPS101

19 hours ago

Dune and Dusted We arrived at @greatsanddunesnps before dawn. Medano Creek separated us and the Great Sand Dunes. Although we couldn't see it in the dark, we could hear the water rush across. Coming fresh of an incident where one of us fell into a river (hilariously), we dared not risk wading in the dark! However, when the sun ascended over the Sangre de Cristo Range, we marched right into the drama. Literally, I got down and dirty. An hour later, my neon green jacket had disappeared beneath layers of sand and silt. It was totally worth it. ------ @pranjalmanchanda @shubhydoobydoo

24 hours ago

“Man has created some lovely dwellings— some soul-stirring literature. He has done much to alleviate physical pain. But he has not... created a substitute for a sunset, a grove of pines, the music of the winds, the dank smell of the deep forest, or the shy beauty of a wildflower.” . . Harvey Broome, Naturalist . . . North Carolina/ Tennessee State line// Appalachian Trail #americathebeautiful . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #leavenotrace #protectourpubliclands #climatechangeisreal #greatsmokymountains #choosemountains #nationalparkgeek #patagonia #keepitwild #findyourpark #encuentratuparque

1 day ago

“I grew up fishing with my father. It was his way of staying connected to the life he had in Vietnam, and a way of finding solace in a place that became his adopted home. These moments brought me a lot of joy, but at times I was left feeling like these spaces weren't made for us - like being outside required a bit more vigilence and alertness. I've been fortunate to meet folks along the way who shared their time and knowledge in ways that give me more confidence to access the outdoors. I'm working on a new project at @AfterBruce to do the same by providing practical and accessible workshops that teach women and people of color how to fish, hike, and camp.” -Tracy / @afterbruce ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pronouns: she/her ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Tag #unlikelyhikers or #unlikelyhiker to be featured! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ [image description: person squats at a lake holding a huge silver fish, a Chinook salmon.]

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Five Days of Giveaways! Every day through Friday, you have a chance to win an awesome prize from Unlikely Hikers! Our third prize is a $100 gift card from @REI! Winner will be chosen at random, but you must follow instructions carefully: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Day Three: Give a shout-out to Unlikely Hikers in your Instagram Story! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -Tag @UnlikelyHikers in the story and hashtag #UnlikelyHikers AND #OptOutside -Entries must be posted by 12am eastern time! -Winner will be contacted tomorrow morning! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Good luck! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ [image description: misty forest of alders and maples covered in moss. Gauzy sunlight breaking through. Text overlay reading “Five Days of Giveaways! Day Three”]

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This place isn't real. This place isn't real... I found myself saying that sentence over and over again to Troy every time we drove past a massive sandstone tower or arch. Or got lost exploring a canyon so narrow we had to turn our heads sideways just to squeeze through. It was like I was walking through lands the great dinosaurs should be roaming, and while I didn't see any, there's nothing wrong with imagining. -N✨

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No stone unturned. That was the idea when first setting off on this journey. I was terrified of alot of things. I couldn't even swim. Heights and bugs and financial uncertainty. All things I thought I hated because of my personality. That's the thing though, no stone unturned means turning over your own first. You get to see all your creepy crawlies. That everything isn't as pretty as you once thought. But there just isn't any better or more necessary exploration than the one with self. @ourearthstory

2 days ago

🐎 For this week’s #TempeTuesday we join the legend in 1905, when Temperance’s name undergoes a mysterious name change... ▪️ Source: Historic Morristown, New Jersey: The Story of its First Century by Andrew M. Sherman pp. 350-353 ▪️ Sherman writes: A mile, it may have been, below the Wick house, on the road to Mendham, lived Dr. William Leddell, a brother-in-law of "Temple Wick." On a certain day in the spring of the year 1780, while preparations for the removal of the patriot army were in progress, Temple Wick saddled and bridled her horse, and rode down to Dr. Leddell's for a social call. The call ended she mounted her horse to return home. Nearly in front of the residence of her brother-in-law, she was accosted by several American soldiers… ▪️ We do not know why Tempe’s name is changed here to “Temple”—otherwise, the rest of the account is nearly identical to the 1871 account by Tuttle. The horse was taken… “through the parlor into the spare bed chamber at the northwest corner of the building. The single wooden window shutter was at once closed, and the horse, after a caress or two from its rider, was left in the darkened room. The soldiers, unwilling to be baffled in their endeavor to procure the horse, hastened on foot up the hill to the Wick house, and after searching the premises in vain for the coveted prize, they departed crestfallen.” ▪️ As does Tuttle, Sherman has the horse hidden three weeks in the spare bed chamber, until the soldiers depart. He is the first to mention the horse leaving hoof prints… “The prints of the horse's hoofs upon the floor of the bed chamber in the Wick house were visible for many years after the occurrence of the incident related. They disappeared when, a few years since, a new floor was laid in the room.” ▪️ Later in his book, Sherman mentions that he included this version due to “consideration for fondly cherished local tradition.” He then adds another version “more in accord with reason” and based on “extant documentary evidence.” ▪️ Photo source: http://thehorseaholic.com/how-to-keep-horses-safe-during-natural-disasters/ ▪️ #findyourpark #encuentratuparque #morristown #newjersey #locallegend #nps #horse #snow

2 days ago

This day, we got off a sputtering boat after a rough and nauseating 1.5 hour journey on the Wild Atlantic to #skelligmichael, and I saw a puffin and frantically YELLED at Stephen to get a picture. Then, we turned the corner and there were quite literally THOUSANDS of (photogenic) puffins nesting all around. #oops

2 days ago

47/443 Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial - the Port Chicago disaster was a deadly munitions explosion that occurred on July 17, 1944, at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine in Port Chicago, California, United States. Munitions detonated while being loaded onto a cargo vessel bound for the Pacific Theater of Operations, killing 320 sailors and civilians and injuring 390 others. Most of the dead and injured were enlisted African American sailors.

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Meet Yvonne aka "YAM", Contracting Officer and the Point Reyes National Seashore Major Acquisition Buying Office Lead. #HumansofPointReyes . . "I have been working for the National Park Service (NPS) for almost 19 years and most of that time has been in procurement. I started as a student hire working full-time as an Administrative Assistant for the Natural and Cultural Resource Division at Channel Islands National Park while attending college and received my degree in Business Administration. My job is purchasing supplies, services, and construction for the national parks we service. This job can be as easy as purchasing lumber for a project, to as complex as contracting for rehabilitating a historic structure. When I first started working for the NPS I didn't realize the numerous job opportunities that are available within the Administration Division, as most people think Park Ranger when you say you work for the NPS. One of the best parts of my job is visiting project sites and seeing the actual project come to fruition. I grew up in an urban environment and didn't really know about the NPS until I started working for a park. Over the past 18 years I have built an appreciation and love for the outdoors and I am so blessed that I'm able to work inside a national park, I mean how awesome is that!” #PointReyesNPS #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

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Portland, Oregon: if you are in the area, Unlikely Hikers is doing a meet-up and nature walk at Whitaker Ponds in NE on Friday November 24th as part of the #OptOutside campaign. All are welcome! Bring the kids! This is less of a hike and more about spending time in nature, acknowledging the land we recreate on, identifying plant life, acknowledging how privileged we are in Portland to be able to access nature so easily, as it is not like this everywhere, AND there will be an optional photo contest. Two winners will receive a $100 gift card to @REI! Details about the meet-up can be found on fb or the blog (linked in profile). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Please note: I don’t mention “Black Friday” or not shopping very intentionally in my #OptOutside posts. I don’t believe in shaming people who need or simply want those deals. Nature isn’t as accessible everywhere as it is in Portland and getting outside is never truly “free.” I wrote a little more about this on the FB page and in my IG Story. There’s also a great thread at @melaninbasecamp about these issues. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Location: Whitaker Ponds, Portland, Oregon. Ancestral land of the Chinook, Multnomah, Kathlamet & Clackamas. #whitakerponds ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Tag #unlikelyhikers or #unlikelyhiker to be featured! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ [image description: red and gold autumn maple leaves.]

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We live in a world where being big and important is a feeling sought after over anything else. Understandably so. Standing tall confirms us as the center of the Universe. It's no different than the monarchs of the old world who claimed the sun and every other celestial body revolved around our puny Earth. But here's the secret: insignificance is the only way to experience wonder and awe. See yourself as an ant, and the world returns to you in colossal splendor. Leave room in your head only for you, and you'll lead a life of isolating self-importance. @ourearthstory

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One of the most common types of cave formation is the stalagmite. They are formed as drops of water laden with minerals hit the cave floor and build up a mound of calcite crystals over time. The faster the water drip rate, the larger the stalagmite. An easy way to tell the difference between a stalactite and a stalagmite is to remember that a stalactite hangs tight to the ceiling and a stalagmite you might trip over. NPS/Daniel Leifheit #CarlsbadCaverns #NationalPark #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #NPS101

3 days ago

Zion's Canyon Overlook Trail during an overcast sunrise ⛅️if you are lucky enough you might meet some of Zion's wildlife here!!

3 days ago

We hiked for a few miles along a serene, windswept path. The rustling of sparsely remaining leaves on white branches ushered us into this grotto of baby blue water. We found a secluded pool with a waterfall crashing down into it. The flow from the hot spring burned our legs as the icy cascade fell on our heads and back. It was equally relaxing as it was confusing on our bodies. When the wind picked up, we packed out for lovely after-soak dinner. -N

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🌏The translucent, cerulean spirit waters of the Fifth Water Hot Springs in Utah 🌎

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The croak of the frog, the chirp of a cricket. Sounds that give away a hiding spot to the predators of the high desert. So why make a peep at all? Perhaps it is for the simple joy of existence, an uncontrollable bellow and song for the wondrous nature of the moment. Maybe the perfect perch on a juniper branch or in a canyon puddle is all that's needed to sing continuously into the night. Without regard to the frightful movings of the world. @ourearthstory

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Good view. #Repost @homesteadnps (@get_repost) ・・・ | The Heritage Center at Homestead National Monument of America, which looks out over the 100 acres of restored prairie, was designed to suggest the shape of a plow breaking the land for farming. Other symbolic features of the building include the Living Wall, which is a representation of how much land was transferred to citizens from the public domain, and also the north wall inside the lobby, which is constructed to resemble the layers of sod found beneath the prairie. See these features for yourself on your next visit to Homestead National Monument of America! www.nps.gov/home | #HomesteadNM #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #NPS100 #FunFact #FunFactFriday

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“Growing up I was always the big kid in class. I thought lots of experiences were out of my reach. After graduating high school I wanted to experience life like my parents did and moved to Mexico. My tios wouldn't let me barrow their rides so I walked. I hiked a few miles up a mountain to visit my grand tias and tio. The hike kept getting easier. Nature seemed magical. I felt my ancestors shining through me. They were happy. I thought if I kept mother earth in my heart and went on adventures were my ancestors lived for thousands of years that we would be connected even though languages or traditions were taken by colonialism. The chubby kid in class walking with ancestors.” -Manuel / @meniiix ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pronouns: he/him ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Location: Mooney Falls, Havasu, Arizona. Ancestral land of the Havasupai, Hopi, Hualapai. #mooneyfalls ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Tag #unlikelyhikers or #unlikelyhiker to be featured! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ [image description: person sits next to the top of a waterfall smiling. Red rock surrounds white rushing water.]

3 days ago

Five Days of Giveaways! For the next 5 days you have a chance to win an awesome prize from Unlikely Hikers! Our first prize is a $100 gift card from @REI! This would be a great gift for a loved one, or yourself because you’re worth it. The challenge will change every day and the winner will be chosen at random, but you must follow instructions carefully: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Day One: post your own Unlikely Hiker feature on your profile! Rules: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -Hashtag #UnlikelyHikers AND #OptOutside at the beginning of the post -Write 125 words or less about what makes you an unlikely outdoorsperson (whatever that means to you, doesn’t have to be hiking). -Include a selfie in nature along with the location and your gender pronouns. (they/them, he/him, she/her, etc) -Entries must be posted by 12am eastern time! -Winner will be featured on Unlikely Hikers on top of getting the $100 gift card to REI ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Good luck! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ [image description: misty forest of alders and maples covered in moss. Gauzy sunlight breaking through. Text overlay reading “Five Days of Giveaways! Day One”]

3 days ago

Your next visit to a National Park may feature #Greening Youth. #GYF interns are changing the outdoor recreation experience from visitor trips to programs for Junior rangers and visitors. Help support the future leaders of conservation. Donate today: https://www.gagives.org/c/GGD/a/gyfoundation #GeorgiaGivesDay . . . #outdoorsman #conservation #preservation #culture #diversity #parks #landscape #summer #optoutside #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #sustainablediversity #youth #jobs #GYFStrong #diversityoutdoors #melaninbasecamp #exploring #hikers #student #leadership #brownpeoplecamping #sustainability #optoutside

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The beautiful snow accumulating on Mount St Helens makes the road to Marble Mountain a very difficult travel. Cornice along the Summit rim is going through the process of forming and collapsing, sometimes triggering small slides. Stay safe out there for any holiday adventures! . To keep up on Current Conditions, check out our website. http://www.mshinstitute.org/explore/climbing-permits/current-conditions.html . 📷Andy Goodwin . #mountsthelens #findyourpark #encuentratuparque #optoutside #pnwonderland #modernhiker #nationalvolcanicmonument #washington #neverstopexploring #formomentslikethis #thetrailspeaks #getoutstayout #wanderlust #climbhigh

3 days ago

Folds Of Time (2017) ________________________________________________________I'm finally getting around the wrapping up my last photo tour to an area I've been dreaming about for a long time. And the experience was far more dreamy than I could have imagined. ________________________________________________________ #FindYourPark #Parks101 #GoParks @the59parks @usinterior #ShareTheExperience #EncuentraTuParque #nationalpark #nps #SupportYourNationalParks #Recreationgov #campingcollective #campoften #campeveryday #modernoutdoors #TheGreatOutdoors #WhatGetsYouOutdoors @campinghiking @camptrend @goneoutdoors @outdoorproject

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Christmas 1862 was bittersweet. The holiday season was certainly a welcome distraction from the ongoing war, yet endless families had an empty chair at the table that year. For the communities around Manassas Junction, that December was still a time of rebuilding from the second major battle in thirteen months. The Manassas Battlefield Trust is pleased to present, with Manassas National Battlefield Park, "Christmas 1862" at the historic Stone House. Join us to celebrate Victorian Christmas traditions with caroling, crafts, cider, cookies, and more, as well as remember the soldiers who were away from home for Christmas 1862, and those who would never return. The event is free and open to the public, but a reservation will be required and donations will be accepted. Tickets available at manassasbattlefield.org **Please note: As an historic building, the Stone House is not handicap accessible. Dress for the weather. Restrooms are available at the Manassas National Battlefield Park Visitor Center, but not at the Stone House. #ManassasBattlefield #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

3 days ago

Sueños Congelados

5 days ago

A tremendous variety of speleothems or cave formations have grown in Carlsbad Cavern. Cave pearls are a unique formation that grow when there is a mineral rich pool of water with an object in the pool that acts as a nucleus that calcite can grow around. Often water dripping into the pool agitates the cave pearl and new calcite is deposited in a smooth spherical pattern. #CarlsbadCaverns #NationalPark #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #NPS101