Another rotation round the sun.
Wishing the happiest of birthdays to this beautiful spirit @molevy
"To be a climber, one has to accept that gratification is rarely immediate." Bernadette McDonald
The same lesson learned by alpine climbers persistently pushing towards the summit is also relevant to those of us who prefer to hike to the subalpine on a trail: all our patience waiting for the snow to melt will be rewarded with clear switchbacks to colorful meadows and sweeping views. Soon.
In the meantime, please be aware that most hikes above 4-5,000 feet still are covered in snow and will require mountaineering gear and route-finding skills for quite a while. If you're hoping to hike a trail, it's a good idea to check in with a ranger for current conditions. This page of the park website contains phone numbers and hours of visitor and information centers: https://www.nps.gov/noca/planyourvisit/hours.htm
Remember: our patience will be rewarded. Soon.
#FindYourPark #NPWest #Hurryupandmeltalready #noactuallysnowpackisagoodthing #stillimpatient
[Image Description: A lone figure hikes up a snowfield towards a jagged peak.] NPS/Bender photo
One of the most accessible waterfalls along State Route 20 is Ketchum Falls. This 161-foot tall waterfall is located near mile post 124 and is often missed by passing motorists. Tucked in a cleft alongside the road, you may only get a glimpse of it as you cruise by at 45 miles per hour. To enjoy this waterfall it is best to come early in the season, as it will be a trickle by the end of July. Simply park your car at the first highway pullout east of mile post 124 and walk back along the shoulder of the road to get an up close and personal view of Ketchum Falls.
Where did Ketchum Falls get its name? It was named by members of the pioneering Davis Family after Seneca Ketchum, the newspaper editor in Sedro-Woolley from 1898 to 1901 sent a photographer into the Cascades to capture pictures of the scenery. Have any of you caught glimpses of Ketchum Falls as you drove along the highway? [Image description: Water tumbles down a series of cascades.] 📷: A. Killion
This starfish is one to look at, but not touch. The upper surface is covered with nasty spines. There are toxic chemicals in the spines, and once you are stuck, it will hurt, and continue to hurt for hours if not days.
Such evidence to support it is that unusually heavy rainstorms wash nutrients from the land into the water, which feed the tiny plants and animals that are the food of the young starfish, so more juveniles survive and they grow up into the invading hordes of coral-killers.
From this viewpoint it makes sense to reduce the amount of soil, piggery sewage, and high phosphate laundry detergents that flush down our streams into the ocean. These nutrients might help more crown-of-thorn juveniles survive and grow up to eat our corals.
#FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS101 #IYOR2018 #OceanMonth
Please help us welcome Yatia Lancaster to our park's summer team! Yatia is an intern through the Greening Youth Foundation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities internship program and a student at Claflin University. We're excited to work with her this summer to continue to connect young people with national parks.
#FindYourPark #HBCUI #NPwest
“If an animal’s eyes are in the front, it likes to hunt. Eyes on the side, it likes to hide.” #Repost @ncascades
Check out our latest blog post (link in bio) about mountain school’s partnership with the National Park Service and how we work together to teach lessons about North Cascades National Park’s wildlife, cultural and natural history.
Who’s excited for NOCA50? 🙋🏽♀️🙋🏼♂️ Join the park and the Washington’s National Park Fund as we turn 50!! The season in the park is underway and we turn 50 years in 2018.
What do you want to see in the next 50? @wanatlparkfund
Ended our National Park Service and Earth Day Week with a WAVE. END PLASTIC POLLUTION NOW is the theme for this year 2018 Earth Day and Celebrating Parks Stars is the theme for the National Park Service Week.
Today, NPSA and partner agencies (Park Stars) such as EPA, CRAG, ASCC Landgrant, and NMSAS greeted morning commuters Samoa style with messages to end plastic pollution. Plastic pollution poses a big issue for our small island, and its important that we act together to tackle this important issue. Many thanks to all those who showed their support. Together we can make a difference. ("E mama le avega pe a tatou galulue fa'atasi"). #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS101 #NationalParkWeek #EarthDay #IYOR2018
There are a lot of stories out there waiting for you to live them...
Soaked up the sun’s rays while we buried our toes in the sand, spotted a peregrine falcon overhead and listened to the crashing waves.
Gorgeous Portland. Home sweet home. #pdx
Happy National Park Week! We celebrate "Park Stars"
Mystical southern night sky from Ofu Island! We get a brighter, richer view of the Milky Way in the southern hemisphere due to our location on the globe. Earth is part of the Milky Way Galaxy. It is our home!
Because we are part of this galaxy, when we look up into the night sky, we are looking at it on-edge, thus it appears as a whitish band across the sky. It's as if we held a round hand mirror at arms length and then turned the mirror to the right or left, we would then see only its straight edge.
Some groups of stars called constellations have been given fanciful names like the Big Dipper or Orion the Hunter. Several of these constellations provide important navigational guides to travelers, including the early Polynesians who crossed vast expanses of open ocean. But one key reference point is missing in the southern sky-there is no South Pole Star to act as a compass point like there is a North Pole Star (Polaris) in the northern hemisphere, so an important southern constellation is the Southern Cross (sumu). #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS101 #IYOR2018