Sunrise over Crater Lake.
Watching this sunrise slowly build and peak over the horizon made all the early mornings and fruitless efforts worthwhile. Such an incredible sight! Next time you're lying in bed, questioning whether it's really going to be worth getting up and going out, do yourself a favor and go.
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Wrangell seems to be enjoying life on the road
Summer sunsets are worth taking detours for and I’m sure glad we took a detour for this one! #maine #sunset
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Day five at Yellowstone we slept in and had a big pancake breakfast. We were so glad we got geyser crazy and did the old Faithful area in one day. This gave us this day (our last in Yellowstone) to sleep in and do what we all love to do: find a quiet hiking trail to a lake or pond and sit and enjoy the views. We stopped at the volcano mud area to see the mud volcano and dragon’s mouth. Bison were all around right next to the boardwalks along the walk. This was worth the stop being in the area. The dragons mouth is so wild to see and hear. You can tell where the name comes from. From there we were done with crowds and sight seeing. We were ready to just enjoy the park in it’s natural state. We got the kayaks approved by the rangers and our small watercraft license. Thanks to the ranger he led us to Gull Point Drive and another perfect spot off the beaten path. We sat and enjoyed the beautiful views of the mountains and kayaked the shoreline of lake Yellowstone. There was even a little area for the kids to kayak on their own in calm water that was encircled by land. The “beach”’is made of tiny pebbles and rock made from lava. The colors are black browns and even glass looking. Sometimes it is sharp on your feet so make sure you wear water shoes. Also, the mosquitos are there so bring bug spray and set up your spot away from the trees and grass.
Day four at Yellowstone we decided to take on Old Faithful and everything surrounding. We prepared ourselves and kept joking that it was like going to Disney. So many things to do and so many people. We were an hour away from the area and decided to start at the Grand Prismatic and midway geyser Basin. One the way there we saw a beautiful young male elk right on the side of the road. We safely viewed the elk unlike other people trying to get close. We can not believe how close some people get to these wild animals! The line was so long to get into the small parking lot (for such a popular spot) so we decided to head to the lower basin area. The fountain paint pots were so fun to watch bubble and pop. I think the boys could have watched that all day. Clepsydra was also stunning and worth the stop over. There were many crowds here but it seems as if everyone clusters at the front and doesn’t walk to the back. We then drove back to Grand prismatic and the line was better. Excelsior greats you with steam and haunting views of its size. Watching the water run off into the river is amazing. As you walk up to Grand prismatic you can see the vibrant colors off the surface, all shades of blues and oranges. We liked the view but wanted to see it from the top! Next we planned on doing the fairy falls hike to overlook the Grand prismatic. The bathroom line was so long at Grand prismatic that we assumed there would be one at fairy falls. Well there is not nor at biscuit basin or black basin. With kids with camelbacs on and adults that drink coffee this is an issue. So we headed to Old Faithful. We actually got there 40 min before old faithful performed. So we had a picnic lunch and waited. It was so exciting and surreal to see Old Faithful. The kids loved it and squealed with excitement. After we headed back North to Black Sand Basin. This is a short walk with a ton of character. Totally worth a stop to see all the lively hot springs geysers and basins. We listened to a ranger talk about all the scientific and medical advances and discoveries that have been done because of the bacteria and organisms found in Yellowstone’s hot springs and basins. Continued in comments below
Stormy sky’s have never looked so good❤️🌵☀️✌🏼
Buckskin just flooded, at least that’s what I’m reading. Guess that’s how those logs get up there. I’d sure love to witness that destruction, without dying of course.
One of the worst thingd about working again is having to wear clothes that need to be ironed...and then having to iron said clothes.
"HEY BEAR! HO BEAR!" Lots of yelling & clapping along the trail, hanging our food in the trees, and carrying bear spray -- just a few of the precautions we took to avoid an unexpected encounter with a bear. Glacier National Park, keeping us on our toes. 🐻
Lucky enough to see some black bear from the car and a bunch of other animals while hiking -- moose, mountain goats, deer, rabbits, fox, golden eagle, bald eagle, loons, and rodents galore.
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I may just run away to hill country and never look back. I haven’t gone on a hike in FOREVER and this one was perfect in every way.
Run around the lake ✅
Swim across the lake ✅
Hike the mountain that overlooks the lake ✅
Do it all in one day ✅
Meet Captain Mark! Mark moved to Alaska 30 years ago, beginning his journey as a Denali National Park bus driver. Later he relocated to Seward, pursuing his captain’s credentials. Mark’s love of nature runs deep and he loves to share his knowledge with guests. ⠀
That evening glow coating the rugged red rock canyon walls in Utah! — #StayWild
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Today on the blog (parkrangerjohn.com) we are sharing our experience staying at the gorgeous Glacier Park Lodge in Glacier National Park.
Have you visited this lodge?
Raise your hand if you like camping in the fog 🙋