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Yosemite is Open 360

California is on fire. (What else is new).  However, this summer fires closed Yosemite Valley for an extended period of time.  The valley wasn’t at risk of the fire, rather the wind was pushing the smoke into the valley and causing very bad air quality.  Recently the park re-opened, reddit user cesar1894 shared this video of the park created last winter:

I love me Yosemite National Park, it’s quite possibly one of the most beautiful places in the world.

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I’m Back

I never really was “gone”

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360° Cuyahoga

Here’s a 360° Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  It’s not much, I did only spend half a day there, remember.  Still, it’s cool to watch and play around in.  I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of that camera!

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Cuyahoga Valley NP

Cuyahoga Valley National Park is located right outside of Cleveland Ohio, and unlike Niagara Falls, is actually directly on the way to Chicago.  So I’m totally going to being stopping there as I make my way across the nation for Thanksgiving.

It’s sorta like Vacation, except, it’s not going to be as crazy, or dangerous, or deadly.  Also, I’m not going to film it.  Enjoy.

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Lake Clark

Beautiful Sunset

The 5th National Park on my list from Alaska is Lake Clark.  Located around Port Alsworth, I stayed at The General Lodge for a week.  From there were went on an overnight kayak trip, an all day hike, and explored the small town.  It was fun, The General was really a great spot, everything was taken care of for you!

Beaver Pond Reflection

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Alaska in 360°

Remember the 360° camera I got earlier this summer.  Well, naturally I brought it with me to Alaska.  I took lots of 360° photos, and lots of video.  I even set it up to record a time-lapse of kayaking and hiking.  Unfortunately, Youtube highly compresses the 360 video.  Hopefully they’ll fix that little issue soon.

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Gates of the Arctic National Park

River View

The park I was most excited to get to – Gates of the Arctic.  I spent 6 days on the Noatak River kayaking over 80 river miles with 11 awesome new friends.  It was some of the most fun I have ever had.  Instead of re-canting what I’ve spent countless nights putting together, I will point you towards the review page I made for the trip.  Honestly, that’s what I’ve been waiting for mostly, to put the finishing touches on that site.  Well, now it’s done.

Check it out!

Moving the Plane

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Wrangell-St. Elias

I told you I would have some photos, and now I do.  At least part of the trip anyway.  Here are some photos from Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.  I have some of the other parks done, but not fully uploaded yet, if you’re savvy you could find them, or you could wait.  I bet you’ll wait.

The last day started out the best, but ended in some nasty weather. Our hike to a waterfall took us though lush meadows like this though, and all the rain kept them nice and fresh.


Ice and Trees
The Nizina Glacier flowing into the background.
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Happy Birthday NPS!

100 years ago Congress created the National Park Service to oversee management and protection of the various lands that were quickly being protected by presidents and Congress.  I’m not finished visiting every park yet, there’s still 30ish left for me to get to, but I’m making a dent in the list, and that’s what matters to me.

I celebrated this year by spending 4 weeks in Alaska.  I didn’t get to every park, I make it to the hard to reach ones however.  I do not have any photos put together for Gates of the Arctic, or Kobuk Valley yet.  Here’s a photo from Wrangell-St. Elias.

This valley isn’t leftovers from the mine, it’s leftovers from the Kennicott Glacier. As it receded, it left this moraine behind.
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Natchez Trace Road

Rock Spring

Not everything in the National Park system is a park.  There are actually a handful of National parkways.  The Natchez Trace Parkway is one of them, and it winds its way 444 miles through Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee.  You can drive the whole thing in a few days.  Roadtrippers has a nice write up on things to do along the way and places to go.  Not surprisingly, some of them I’ve heard of, particularly the Windsor Ruins in Mississippi.