If this country was an iceberg, the national parks would represent the tip you see above the water. Bountiful photos of the parks attest to the beautiful, diverse landscapes of the United States, but equally impressive are the landscapes in between. Still, our most recent park made me more grateful than ever for the protection efforts of those who came before us. Stepping into Glacier National Park in northwest Montana was like stepping into a fairytale. There was great mystery in the misty mountains and fields of wildflowers hugging the slopes. Words cannot fully express what we can only honor with photos and our latest Centennial Poster.
An incredible park!! Wish I had been there too!
Oh me too! It would be awesome to plan a trip there with you guys 😀
This is also the salamander capital of the world; the park harbors 30 species, giving it the planet’s most diverse population. “Catching” salamanders in the park is illegal. So the only safe way for kids to hunt for, capture, examine, and then return salamanders to their habitat unharmed is through a ranger- or naturalist-led program—one of the many hands-on junior ranger and Smoky Mountain Field School opportunities available to kids in the park. California’s side-by-side, southern Sierra Nevada national parks—Sequoia and Kings Canyon—collectively are known as the “land of giants.”
Oh cool, I didn’t know that! Happy to hear there are guided programs to help kids, just another reason to appreciate the park efforts. We can’t wait to get out into the land of giants, this country has already shown us such beautiful diversity in landscape and species.