America's Great Outdoors
Oolah Valley in Gates of the Arctic National Park offers hidden delights to the intrepid hiker willing to explore off the beaten path.Photo: National Park Service

Oolah Valley in Gates of the Arctic National Park offers hidden delights to the intrepid hiker willing to explore off the beaten path.

Photo: National Park Service

There are many amazing sights to see at Grand Canyon National Park. Lightning storm over the North Rim would be one of them. Photo: Michael Leonard (www.sharetheexperience.org)

There are many amazing sights to see at Grand Canyon National Park. Lightning storm over the North Rim would be one of them.

Photo: Michael Leonard (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Snow fell earlier this week in the middle and high elevations of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This photo was taken on Sparks Lane in Cades Cove late last March, but you could have captured pretty much the same scene if you had visited the cove early this week! ©2013 Kristina Plaas, All Rights Reserved.

Snow fell earlier this week in the middle and high elevations of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

This photo was taken on Sparks Lane in Cades Cove late last March, but you could have captured pretty much the same scene if you had visited the cove early this week! ©2013 Kristina Plaas, All Rights Reserved.

David Bahr, Glacier Bay National Park’s 2013 Artist in Residence, will have one of his photos from his trip in Glacier Bay exhibited at the Smithsonian as a part of the “Wilderness Forever” public photography exhibit! Approximately 50 winning contest entries were chosen for display as large-format prints in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History for a 2014 exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. David’s image of an eagle won the wildlife photography competition for professional photographers. A stunning photo!

David Bahr, Glacier Bay National Park’s 2013 Artist in Residence, will have one of his photos from his trip in Glacier Bay exhibited at the Smithsonian as a part of the “Wilderness Forever” public photography exhibit! Approximately 50 winning contest entries were chosen for display as large-format prints in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History for a 2014 exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. David’s image of an eagle won the wildlife photography competition for professional photographers. A stunning photo!

Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning six major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems. A lifetime of discovery awaits.Photographed by Justin Kern September 10, 2012 and shared in Mount Rainier Flickr photo group http://flickr.com/groups/MountRainierNPS.

Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning six major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems. A lifetime of discovery awaits.

Photographed by Justin Kern September 10, 2012 and shared in Mount Rainier Flickr photo group http://flickr.com/groups/MountRainierNPS.

Lunge feeding with several humpback whales in Kenai Fjords National Park.Photo: Nirav Patel (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Lunge feeding with several humpback whales in Kenai Fjords National Park.

Photo: Nirav Patel (www.sharetheexperience.org)

While cold temperatures are dominating most of North America, Everglades National Park is blissfully located in a sub tropical environment. Have you planned your winter vacation? Maybe a 70’F sunset in Flamingo should be on your itinerary!Photo: National Park Service

While cold temperatures are dominating most of North America, Everglades National Park is blissfully located in a sub tropical environment. Have you planned your winter vacation? Maybe a 70’F sunset in Flamingo should be on your itinerary!

Photo: National Park Service

In the shadow of 13,063-foot Wheeler Peak, 5,000 year old bristlecone pine trees grow on rocky glacial moraines. Come to Great Basin National Park to experience the solitude of the desert, the smell of sagebrush after a thunderstorm, the darkest of night skies, and the beauty of Lehman Caves. Far from a wasteland, the Great Basin is a diverse region that awaits your discovery. Photo: Karen Robinson (www.sharetheexperience.org)

In the shadow of 13,063-foot Wheeler Peak, 5,000 year old bristlecone pine trees grow on rocky glacial moraines. Come to Great Basin National Park to experience the solitude of the desert, the smell of sagebrush after a thunderstorm, the darkest of night skies, and the beauty of Lehman Caves. Far from a wasteland, the Great Basin is a diverse region that awaits your discovery.

Photo: Karen Robinson (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Today marks the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, the Union victory that ended General Robert E. Lee’s second and most ambitious invasion of the North. Often referred to as the “High Water Mark of the Rebellion,” Gettysburg was the war’s bloodiest battle with 51,000 casualties. Photo: Buddy Secor

Today marks the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, the Union victory that ended General Robert E. Lee’s second and most ambitious invasion of the North. Often referred to as the “High Water Mark of the Rebellion,” Gettysburg was the war’s bloodiest battle with 51,000 casualties.

Photo: Buddy Secor

Good morning from Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park.Photo: Dave Dill (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Good morning from Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park.

Photo: Dave Dill (www.sharetheexperience.org)