America's Great Outdoors
On August 21, 1959, Hawaii joined the Union. Happy anniversary to the 50th state! Photo of Kīlauea Point Lighthouse in the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge by Raul Ruiz (www.sharetheexperience.org).

On August 21, 1959, Hawaii joined the Union. Happy anniversary to the 50th state! 

Photo of Kīlauea Point Lighthouse in the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge by Raul Ruiz (www.sharetheexperience.org).

The sea otter version of a pedicure in Glacier Bay National Park.Photo: National Park Service

The sea otter version of a pedicure in Glacier Bay National Park.

Photo: National Park Service

The majestic Park Avenue in Arches National Park. Photo: Richard Briggs (www.sharetheexperience.org)

The majestic Park Avenue in Arches National Park.

Photo: Richard Briggs (www.sharetheexperience.org)

It’s not every day you catch a bird posing for your photo mid-flight.Photo from Glacier Bay National Park by Michael Hogan @ TizzyLish Photography

It’s not every day you catch a bird posing for your photo mid-flight.

Photo from Glacier Bay National Park by Michael Hogan @ TizzyLish Photography

Happy 50th anniversary Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge! The refuge (in Missouri) was officially established on August 11, 1964, to provide a feeding and resting area for migratory birds.The refuge covers 3,750 acres in the floodplain of the Mississippi river and is comprised of moist soil units, open water, wet meadows and bottomland forest habitats. Nearly 300 species of birds visit the refuge during their journeys as well as the Great River National Wildlife just to the north.Photo: Carmen Cortelyou/USFWS

Happy 50th anniversary Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge! The refuge (in Missouri) was officially established on August 11, 1964, to provide a feeding and resting area for migratory birds.

The refuge covers 3,750 acres in the floodplain of the Mississippi river and is comprised of moist soil units, open water, wet meadows and bottomland forest habitats. Nearly 300 species of birds visit the refuge during their journeys as well as the Great River National Wildlife just to the north.

Photo: Carmen Cortelyou/USFWS

A bull caribou takes an evening stroll down the park road a few nights ago with Denali in the background. Photo by Daniel A. Leifheit

A bull caribou takes an evening stroll down the park road a few nights ago with Denali in the background.

Photo by Daniel A. Leifheit

Less than three hours from Seattle, an alpine landscape beckons in North Cascades National Park. Discover communities of life adapted to moisture in the west and recurring fire in the east. Explore jagged peaks crowned by more than 300 glaciers. Listen to cascading waters in forested valleys. Witness a landscape sensitive to the Earth’s changing climate. Help steward the ecological heart of the Cascades.Photo: Jim Armstrong (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Less than three hours from Seattle, an alpine landscape beckons in North Cascades National Park. Discover communities of life adapted to moisture in the west and recurring fire in the east. Explore jagged peaks crowned by more than 300 glaciers. Listen to cascading waters in forested valleys. Witness a landscape sensitive to the Earth’s changing climate. Help steward the ecological heart of the Cascades.

Photo: Jim Armstrong (www.sharetheexperience.org)

There is some excellent stargazing to be had in the Pole Creek Wilderness, Idaho.Photo: Bob Wick

There is some excellent stargazing to be had in the Pole Creek Wilderness, Idaho.

Photo: Bob Wick

The rugged beauty of the Badlands draws visitors from around the world. These striking geologic deposits contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Ancient mammals such as the rhino, horse, and saber-toothed cat once roamed here. The park’s 244,000 acres protect an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets live today.Photo: Kevin Palmer (www.sharetheexperience.org)

The rugged beauty of the Badlands draws visitors from around the world. These striking geologic deposits contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Ancient mammals such as the rhino, horse, and saber-toothed cat once roamed here. The park’s 244,000 acres protect an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets live today.

Photo: Kevin Palmer (www.sharetheexperience.org)

"If it isn’t God’s backyard, then he certainly lives nearby." - Robin Williams on Glacier National Park. RIPPhoto: Kim Hang Dessoliers

"If it isn’t God’s backyard, then he certainly lives nearby." - Robin Williams on Glacier National Park. RIP

Photo: Kim Hang Dessoliers