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These Are Our Favorite National Park Photos (So Far)

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It’s hard not to state at the wildflowers on public lands in Alaska.Over the last few years of glorious adventures, we’ve visited a lot of public lands and taken a lot of favorite National Park photos. While there are (only?) 59 National Parks, there are 417 parks areas including national monuments, preserves and seashores. That doesn’t include land under the Bureau of Land Management or land managed by the Army Corps of Engineers or state parks.

We’re fans of all of it. We don’t really care who manages it.

If you’re curious to learn more about the parks, you can read about the history of the National Parks, or check out Ken Burns’ truly fantastic documentary on the subject (but maybe save it for the winter when you’re not as inclined to be outside).

Throughout our adventures on federal public lands we’ve seen some breathtaking things. At least twice I’ve been so overwhelmed by it that I’ve literally cried.

Here are some of our favorite National Park photos of the things we’ve seen.

Yellowstone National Park hot spring
A hot spring in the Norris Geyer Basin in Yellowstone National Park. We are used to looking at them from the side. This is what you see if you look down.
Wonder Lake, Denali National Park
Wonder Lake sits 85 miles in on the Denali Park Road. Nearby Wonder Lake campground hosts campers in the park’s open season, and is only accessible by the park bus. But if you’re lucky enough to score a Denali Road lottery pass, like we did, you can drive your own vehicle here. And if you’re really lucky, the mountain will be out in all of its glory and put on a show.
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The Harding Ice Field in Kenai Fjords National Park. Most of Kenai Fjords is under water or in the winter. This part is not.
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Mammoth Cave National Park is gorgeous above ground — and below. This trail in the above ground portion was especially pretty on this very cold day in February, 2016.
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Dinosaur National Monument is home to dinosaur bones and wildflowers. We visited on our road trip to Alaska in 2016.
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These “ghost forest” trees in Kenai Fjords National Park were saturated with salt water during the 1964 earthquake. The result? They’ve been preserved.

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One of our favorite things about Alaska summer is the wildflowers. These were in Kenai Fjords National Park on the Harding Ice Field trail. Behind them is the Harding Glacier.
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Linchen grows in thick patches next to creeks in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
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Just after Christmas, 2016 we took our first trip to Seward, Alaska near Kenai Fjords National Park where we stayed in a military resort. We watched movies, explored the town and enjoyed some winter sun.
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This view in Rocky Mountain National Park moved me to tears.
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Dinosaur National Monument is rugged and amazing.
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This December sunset view near Desoto National Memorial, Florida was worth watching as long as possible.
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The McClellan Gate in Arlington National Cemetery is particularly stunning in fall.
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The Ozark National Scenic Riverways include the Current River, which has awesome kayaking.
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Big Spring off the Ozark National Scenic Riverway is an incredible natural spring.
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It’s hard to take good pictures in caves — this is a decent into Mammoth Cave National Park’s wild cave tour.
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A gorgeous sunset in Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Cade’s Cove campground.

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A rainy day spent hanging out with this 2 year old while her parents are busy welcoming her new sibling into the world. Seemed like a perfect time to head back into our backyard woods after an over month long hiatus. Following a kid bright with wonder around the woods is its own kind of outdoor pleasure. #humansoutside365 ...

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I run. It’s where I find my best therapy. But that’s not always been the case. I started running because of one person -- Lisa Hallett -- and the organization she cofounded, wear blue: run to remember (@wbr2r). Lisa and I share the unbreakable bond of not just being Army wives whose husbands were in the same unit, but of trauma and loss experienced when that unit lost so many soldiers in combat, including her husband Capt. John Hallett.
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In Humans Outside, Episode 20: The Powerful Connection of Nature, Movement & Grief - @lisa.a.hallett - Lisa Hallett shares the role spending time outside has had in her healing and helping her family move through loss.
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On this day, Memorial Day, we are sharing one of the podcast episodes that touches on the role time outside has played in the life of one family who has dealt with the loss Memorial Day acknowledges and marks.

I run. It’s where I find my best therapy. But that’s not always been the case. I started running because of one person -- Lisa Hallett -- and the organization she cofounded, wear blue: run to remember (@wbr2r). Lisa and I share the unbreakable bond of not just being Army wives whose husbands were in the same unit, but of trauma and loss experienced when that unit lost so many soldiers in combat, including her husband Capt. John Hallett.

In Humans Outside, Episode 20: The Powerful Connection of Nature, Movement & Grief - @lisa.a.hallett - Lisa Hallett shares the role spending time outside has had in her healing and helping her family move through loss.

Click on the link in our bio or download the podcast from Itunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe today so you never miss an episode!

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I didn’t want to. But I did it anyway. 20 road miles, pushing me over 200 for this month. A little rain, a little breeze, and lots of remembering. Memorial Day weekend is an important time for me to run, pushing me back to my original running why. In a way the struggle miles are the miles I want on this weekend. They remind me of what it was like to get out here to start with years ago, and they push me to dig deeper to a different kind of push forward. #humansoutside365 #wearblueruntoremember ...

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Just look at this gorgeous trail, like a fairytale. Spent 7 miles here today, and ending the day with a campfire and my first night in a tent this year (my family camped the last two nights but I went home and to bed because I had to work really early the next day). It’s not much warmer, but we’re embracing summer for what it is. #humansoutside365 ...

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I am this cold. This weather reminds me of the last weekend of May three years ago that I decided to just try spending some time outside every day Memorial Day through Labor Day, 99 days. It was a rainy, cold day just like this and I was so annoyed that Alaska wasn’t bending to my weather desires. I determined we’d bend ourselves to her instead. When the 99 days were over, I wasn’t ready to stop heading outside, so I decided to see what would happen if I did it every day for a full year and for a set amount of time, 20 minutes. It’s now been almost 1,000 days since that September 1, 2017 start date — 994 to be exact. And chilling here on another rainy summer day in Alaska I think the top thing I’ve learned about THIS particular weather is that it’s OK not to love it, it’s OK to not suffer in it, but you gotta understand that it has benefits in its own way, too. And so I’m hanging at the campsite with my family, wearing 2 jackets and a down dress and a hat and mittens and hand warmers and loving every second Alaska gives me. #humansoutside365 ...

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When was the last time you were fired-up? We mean really fired-up?

Fired-up-ness is status quo living for Mike Erwin, founder and Executive Director of veteran service organization Team Red, White & Blue, which connects veterans with their communities. Mike is laser-focused building leaders and living a life focused on positivity, and he’s doing it through fitness, community service -- and heading outside.

Catch Mike in this week's episode drilling down on how heading into nature develops strong leaders, plus tips on keeping that leadership fire burning when the going gets tough. Listen to the new episode, dropping today!

Ep 34: How Spending Time Outside Makes You a Better Leader (Mike Erwin). Click on the link in our bio or download the podcast from Itunes, @stitcherpodcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe today, so you never miss an episode!

@erwinrwb @teamrwb
#teamrwb #crossfit #runnersofinstagram #outside #recovery #outsidefriends #getoutsideandplay #herohusband #akrunners #getoutsideandexplore #memorialday #relievestress #crossfit #liveboldly #run
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Memorial Day is coming up and we have a chance to do something big for the families of the fallen with wear blue: run to remember. No matter where you are, we are invited to join with the wear blue community and dedicate your Memorial Day, May 25, steps to remember a fallen service member. If you don’t know one, you can have one assigned to you. Go to @wbr2r’s website & sign up.

Walk or run a mile or 20 -- any distance is enough. It’s the remembering that matters, friends. Be surprised, lifted and pushed forward by how meaningful this is. I promise you won’t regret it.

We don’t have an outdoor hero this week -- just an ask that you support wear blue with your steps. The fallen heroes that we are honoring by doing so are more than enough.

You can see more pictures of me running in blue than you probably need by following Humans Outside on Instagram. And I want to see your daily outdoor time, too. Post it with the hashtag #humansoutside365.

#runnersofinstagram #outside #wearblueruntoremember #recovery #outsidefriends #getoutsideandplay #akrunners #sunshine #getoutsideandexplore #relievestress #liveboldly #run #memorialday
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