Share the Experience Photo Contest!

Share the Experience Photo Contest!

Attention all outdoor enthusiasts! The Official Recreational Federal Lands Photo Contest – Share the Experience – is now open! They are seeking photos from amateur photographers that highlight the best of America’s federal lands, national parks and historical sites. The winner will grace the America the Beautiful Federal Recreation Pass in 2017. Here is a basic rundown of the details. There are six categories for photo entries: Adventure & Outdoor Recreation; Historical & Cultural; Scenic, Seasons & Landscapes; Every Kid…

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Haleakala National Park for Photographers

Haleakala National Park for Photographers

So you are planning a trip to Maui and you want to capture some great photos of the stars and sunrise on Haleakala. What should you bring? -A camera capable of taking long exposures. Any DSLR, GoPro, point and shoot with a manual mode, and even an iPhone (with the right app) will suffice. This trip I used an Olympus Tough TG-4 and a GoPro.  Photo above taken with the Olympus Tough TG-4, Live Capture mode. Exposure was only about…

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Yoga in the Park

Yoga in the Park

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park and San Antonio Missions National Historical Park would like to invite you to practice yoga in their park, for free! Sounds like a great excuse to get some friends together and experience your park in a new way. A little yoga in the sun, bonding time, and a few laughs in a national park is a recipe for an epic outing! Heather and I are huge fans of yoga and have both practiced for a few years now….

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Flashback to my first national park visit – Shenandoah National Park

Flashback to my first national park visit – Shenandoah National Park

Growing up, I spent a lot of time outside and at the shore, but always close to my home in South Jersey. So it wasn’t until college that I began to travel and visit national parks, starting with Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. I remember the drive from Williamsburg, VA to the southern Rockfish Gap entrance to the park, because it was one of my first drives in the Appalachian mountains. The flat terrain and straight roads you could see…

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Meteor Shower Viewing

Meteor Shower Viewing

Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park is hosting an Eta Aquarid meteor shower viewing on Saturday, May 7th. Even though the meteors do not fall quite as abundantly for us here in the northern hemisphere, we are still able to view the quick moving and often bright meteors during predawn hours. The Eta Aquarid meteor shower typically favors the southern hemisphere and is annually visible from April 19th-May 20th. This year, May 6th brings with it a new moon, supplying us…

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USPS Centennial Stamps

USPS Centennial Stamps

On August 25, 2016 the National Park Service celebrates 100 years of existence! In honor of this momentous occasion they have decided to celebrate all year long. The National Parks Services is hosting a myriad of events and free park days throughout the year. Today, however, I would like to discuss stamps. Yes…Stamps! The United States Postal Service has decided to join in on the Centennial festivities! On April 25th, the USPS unveiled the 16th, and final, stamp in a…

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Sunrise at Haleakala National Park

Sunrise at Haleakala National Park

I just returned from a family trip to Maui. We arrived Saturday evening and the rest of our party arrived on Sunday afternoon, so on our first morning there, Sam and I made the trek to the summit of Haleakala National Park to watch the sunrise at the top of the world. It is a breathtaking, magical experience, and below are some tips for your trip!             Plan your visit at the beginning or end…

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Passport to your National Parks!

Passport to your National Parks!

  The Passport to your National Parks book is a great way to keep track of your National Park visits. The traditional book has 104 pages, is priced at $9.95 and can be purchased in most visitor centers (unless they are out of stock) or online.  A special edition is available in 2016, honoring the National Park Service centennial. The book breaks down the parks into regions, with a map and list of sites at the beginning of each region,…

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