16 Pictures of Capitol Reef National Park

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16 Pictures of Beautiful Capitol Reef Capitol Reef National Park, Utah Back in 2012, I said that I wasn’t that impressed with Capitol Reef National Park, but I said that during a quick drive-through after spending a week in Moab and then four days at Bryce Canyon National Park. At the time, I just wasn’t as blown away […]

The Remote Cathedral Valley

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The Remote Cathedral Valley Capitol Reef National Park, Utah Cathedral Valley is located at the northern end of Capitol Reef National Park, a remote area with no services or paved roads. (I was very surprised to have full 4G service at the campground though!) Both Upper and Lower Cathedral Valley offer gorgeous views of sculptured […]

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve San Luis Valley, Colorado I had been to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve twice in my years in Colorado, but I hadn’t shot the park because both trips were during my pre-photography years. Not to mention one of those trips involved way too much tequila… Located […]

Capitol Reef National Park

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Capitol Reef National Park Utah “Located in south-central Utah in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth) extending almost 100 miles.” (NPS) I once said that I wasn’t that […]

Driving Utah’s Burr Trail

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Driving Utah’s Burr Trail Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah Originally developed by a rancher named John Atlantic Burr to move his cattle between summer and winter grazing grounds, the Burr Trail is now one of those classic Utah “backways” that the State frequently advertises as it takes you into some of Utah’s most beautiful and […]

Sunrise at the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

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Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes Death Valley National Park, California The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes – Contrary to people’s preconceived idea of a desert, less than one percent of Death Valley National Park is actually covered in sand dunes throughout five different locations. For sand dunes to exist, it takes a supply of sand, strong winds, and then […]

Titus Canyon & Red Pass

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Titus Canyon & Red Pass Death Valley National Park, California Once again, having not done enough research, I ended up at another ranger station in Stovepipe Wells asking the ranger “if you were to pick one place in the park, where would you go right now?” “Titus Canyon… well if you have a high-clearance vehicle.” […]

The Golden Canyon & Gower Gulch Loop

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The Golden Canyon & Gower Gulch Loop Death Valley National Park, California I usually do a little more research, but for some reason I went into my Death Valley trip pretty unprepared so on our first day, I stopped into the ranger station and simply asked, “If you had time to do one hike, and […]

Badwater Basin Salt Flats

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Badwater Basin Salt Flats Death Valley National Park, California Covering nearly 200 square miles, Badwater Basin is home to the largest protected body of salt flats in the entire world and at 282 feet below sea level, it’s the lowest point in North America.* These seemingly endless salt flats are always changing – “The source […]

Sunset at Zabriskie Point

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Sunset at Zabriskie Point Death Valley National Park, California With a beautiful panoramic view over the golden badlands of the Furnace Creek Formation, Zabriskie Point is one of the more popular spots and most visited areas within Death Valley National Park. The vista was built by the Pacific Coast Borax Company in the 1920s and […]

Death Valley National Park

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Death Valley National Park California “In 1849 emigrants bound for California’s gold fields strayed into the 120-mile long basin, enduring a two-month ordeal of “hunger and thirst and an awful silence.” One of the last to leave looked down from a mountain at the narrow valley and said, “Good-bye, Death Valley.”” – National Geographic Straddling […]

The Second Annual Lake Powell Expedition

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The Second Annual Lake Powell Expedition Lake Powell, Utah The flooded Glen Canyon area is considered “America’s lost national park” and in looking at the surreal beauty of Lake Powell and imagining about what lies below, it certainly feels that way. It’s a very surreal place. But out of that lost national park at least rose Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, […]

Desert Shenanigans – The Annual Spring Moab Trip

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Desert Shenanigans – The Annual Spring Moab Trip Moab, Utah Sunset over Canyonlands National Park, 35 miles of mountain biking, an afternoon floating down the Colorado River baking in the sun, a hundred mortars, and sunrise over Arches National Park. I love the springtime desert shenanigans… One for the Road Photography – Shop & Prints

Mesa Arch Sunrise – Take Two

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Mesa Arch Sunrise – Take Two Canyonlands National Park, Utah I was relatively new to photography back in 2012 when I photographed a Mesa Arch sunrise and I had been itching to shoot it again because now I look back at my ‘prized picture’ from that morning and all I see are the technical blemishes from a […]

Courthouse Towers Sunset

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Courthouse Towers Sunset Arches National Park, Utah After realizing we couldn’t make it to Canyonlands in time for sunset, we were hoping to at least get some shots in Castle Valley on the way to camp. The sky was flat gray and looking really bleak as we drove down Route 128 on our way in to Moab. We had […]

The Best Views I’ve Ever Seen, Part I

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The Best Views I’ve Ever Seen, Part I I keep finding myself writing, “It was one of the best views I’ve ever seen!” or at least some variation of the phrase. A lot of times it’s probably a slight exaggeration of excitement from a fresh trip, but not always. It got me thinking that if I had to […]

A Pit Stop in Grand Teton National Park

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A Pit Stop in Grand Teton National Park Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming The Great Road Trip of 2015 I had driven nearly 800 straight miles from Lake Louise (Alberta), across all of Montana, through Yellowstone, and in to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. It was midnight and I still had 500 more miles […]

The Final Shot – Lake Moraine

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The Final Shot – Lake Moraine Banff National Park, Alberta The Great Road Trip of 2015 Before heading back south, I had one more morning to shoot at Lake Moraine. I climbed the rockpile overlook, fired up the JetBoil for some coffee, and waiting for the sunrise. A lot of times, adventure photography is much […]

A Last Sunset in Banff

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A Last Sunset in Banff Banff National Park, Alberta The Great Road Trip of 2015 A Last Sunset in Banff – I had caught a glimmer of hope that morning while re-energizing at Lake Louise, but then the snow and rain came back in while I was in Yoho and although it was shaping up to clear, […]

Re-energized in Lake Louise

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Re-energized in Lake Louise Banff National Park, Alberta The Great Road Trip of 2015 When I get down travelling, usually a decent hotel does the trick for me and even through a hot shower and warm bed left me feeling re-energized, I was still feeling defeated as I stood on the shore of Lake Louise waiting […]

Jasper National Park – The Icefields Parkway – Day 1

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The Icefields Parkway – Through to Jasper Banff & Jasper National Park, Alberta The Great Road Trip of 2015 After another socked in shoot at Moraine Lake for sunrise and a quick stop by incredibly-crowded Lake Louise, I was on my way up the iconic Icefields Parkway. Named for features visible from the road such as the Columbia Icefield, the […]

Sunset at Moraine Lake – Banff National Park

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Sunset at Moraine Lake Banff National Park, Alberta The Great Road Trip of 2015 Continuing my misfortune with weather, I sat with false hope on top of the rockpile above Moraine Lake watching small breaks in the clouds let some light through; The peaks above mostly obscured by clouds. This was the spot on my trip […]

Banff National Park

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Banff National Park, Alberta The Great Road Trip of 2015 “In the fall of 1883, three Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers stumbled across a cave containing hot springs on the eastern slopes of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. From that humble beginning was born Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park and the world’s third. Spanning 6,641 […]

Waterton Lakes National Park

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Waterton Lakes National Park The Great Road Trip of 2015 “It’s where mountains meet the prairies,” Named in honor of English naturalist Charles Waterton, Waterton Lakes National Park is a small, quiet national park in the at the southern tip of the Canadian Rockies. It borders Glacier National Park in Montana to the south, together making up the […]

Hiking Grinnell Glacier

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Hiking Grinnell Glacier Glacier National Park, Montana The Great Road Trip of 2015 I didn’t really have any intention of hiking Grinnell Glacier. Known as one of the more scenic trails in the park, I wanted to hike it, but dire warnings of bear activity in Many Glacier played over and over in my head. It […]

Going-to-the-Sun Road

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Going-to-the-Sun Road Glacier National Park, Montana The Great Road Trip of 2015 Coming in to West Glacier, the lingering morning storm obscured the peaks of Glacier National Park. Figuring a fire would be nice, I quickly grabbed a site at Apgar Campground for the night and excitedly went out in to the park with no plans. I just […]

Glacier National Park

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Glacier National Park, Montana The Great Road Trip of 2015 (*Text taken and compiled from NPS.gov.*) “Known to Native Americans as the “Shining Mountains” and the “Backbone of the World”, Glacier National Park preserves more than a million acres of forests, alpine meadows, lakes, rugged peaks and glacial-carved valleys in the Northern Rocky Mountains. The […]

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming The Great Road Trip of 2015 Since I had visited it mid-day back in 2011, I had been wanting to get back and shoot the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone during the golden hours. I just hadn’t found the opportunity. I was on my way to Glacier National […]

The Great Road Trip of 2015

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The Great Road Trip of 2015 Colorado to Alberta I had been planning and romanticizing it in my head for months – my great Road Trip of 2015. I was to start by quickly heading though Jackson and Yellowstone, on to Glacier National Park in northern Montana, and eventually across the border in to Canada to spend some […]

Winter in Grand Teton National Park

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Winter in Grand Teton National Park Wyoming Winter in Grand Teton National Park – Located in northwestern Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park protects stunning mountain scenery and a diverse array of wildlife. Rising more than 7,000 feet above the valley of Jackson Hole, the Teton Range dominates the park’s skyline. Natural processes continue to shape […]

Hiking the Teton Crest Trail

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Hiking the Teton Crest Trail Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming Featured in major articles from National Geographic, to Backpacker, to Outside, arguments have been made that hiking the Teton Crest Trail is one of the best backpacking trails in the country, if not the world. The signature hike of Grand Teton National Park threads its way for 39-miles (63 […]

Grand Teton National Park

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Grand Teton National Park Jackson Hole, Wyoming *Text taken and compiled from NPS.gov.* “Located in northwestern Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park protects stunning mountain scenery and a diverse array of wildlife. Rising more than 7,000 feet above the valley of Jackson Hole, the Teton Range dominates the park’s skyline. Natural processes continue to shape the […]

Grand Canyon North Rim

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Some Quiet Days on the Grand Canyon North Rim Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona I was driving south across the Kaibab Plateau along Route 67 as I watched the rain slowly turn to sleet and the sleet quickly turn to snow. Visibility was minimal and even at 25 mph, the brakes on my jeep were nearly useless. I felt like an idiot […]

Hiking the Subway Bottom-Up Trail Description

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Hiking the Subway Bottom-Up Trail Description Zion National Park, Utah Hiking the Subway Bottom-Up Trail Description – The Left Fork of North Creek in Zion National Park, also known as the Subway, is one of the park’s more popular and iconic hikes, taking you along (and through) the river to a tube-like, undercut slot canyon resembling […]

Hiking the Subway Top-Down Trail Description

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Hiking the Subway Top-Down Trail Description Zion National Park, Utah Hiking the Subway Top-Down Trail Description – The Left Fork of North Creek in Zion National Park, also known as the Subway, is one of the park’s more popular and iconic hikes, taking you along (and through) the river to a tube-like, undercut slot canyon resembling an […]

Hiking the Subway in Zion… Again

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Hiking the Subway… Again – The Left Fork of North Creek Zion National Park, Utah Hiking the Subway in Zion – I have never been rock climbing and I have never been too interested in it either. But I was told rappelling is easy, especially with fixed anchors – Once the rope’s set up through the […]

Hiking the Legendary Zion Narrows

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Hiking the Legendary Zion Narrows Zion National Park, Utah “The Indians call the canyon through which it runs “Mu-koon’-tu-weap” or Straight Canyon. Entering this, we have to wade upstream; often the water fills the entire channel, and although we travel many miles, we find no flood plain, talus, or broken piles of rock at the foot of the […]

Hiking Angels Landing in Zion

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Hiking Angels Landing Zion National Park, Utah Hiking Angels Landing – I’ve stood on the edge of 1,000 cliffs, looking straight down. I’ve skied rocky couloirs that I probably had no business being in. I’ve mountain biked along sharp ridgelines at uncomfortable speeds. And I’ve jeeped features that simply don’t seem possible for a vehicle […]

The Emerald Pools Hike in Zion…Meh

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The Emerald Pools Hike…Meh Zion National Park, Utah Me and a buddy had hiked the subway before the rest of our group rolled in to town somewhere around 4:30 a.m. the next morning. Sitting around camp as the sun got higher, we decided we couldn’t just wait for them to roll out of their tents so we […]

Hiking the Subway in Zion

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Hiking the Subway – The Left Fork of North Creek Zion National Park, Utah Hiking the Subway in Zion – Despite the rising sun and baby-blue cloudless sky, it wasn’t the warmest of mornings in the desert of southern Utah. It was somewhere around 50° so still nothing a few minutes of hiking couldn’t warm, but […]

Zion National Park, Utah

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Zion National Park, Utah The very name Zion, a Hebrew word for refuge, evokes its significance. (*Text not original content and is simply copied & compiled from NPS.gov*) Zion National Park – Zion is Utah’s oldest national park, designated in 1919, and is located along the edge of a region known as the Colorado Plateau, encompassing some of the […]

On the Road to Zion

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On the Road to Zion Zion National Park, Utah I had been to Zion National Park once and that was way before I appreciated landscapes the way I do today. It was back in my late-teens when everything sucked, especially extended family road trips, Griswold style.* And if I remember correctly, we only had time to ride the 80-minute […]

Sunrise at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park

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Sunrise at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park Moab, Utah Delicate Arch, a 65ft (20m) Entrada Sandstone arch in Arches National Park, is the unofficial symbol of Utah and arguably one of the most beautiful and iconic arches in the world. Its image graces postcards, magazines, books, posters, signs, billboards, stamps, licence plates, and of […]

A Lazy Afternoon in Arches National Park

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A Lazy Afternoon in Arches National Park Moab, Utah Double Arch is highly trafficked, to say the least. Most times I had visited, there must have been nearly 100 people clambering all over the sandstone. But this night was different. As I approached the colossal adjoining arches, there was only one family of three climbing down from […]

Remarkable Arches National Park

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Remarkable Arches National Park Moab, Utah Arches National Park in southeastern Utah has the highest concentration of natural stone arches in the world with over 2,000 documented arches dotting the landscape. The park sits atop an underground evaporite layer (salt bed). This salt bed was deposited in the Paradox Basin of the Colorado Plateau nearly 300 million […]

Mount Rainier National Park

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Mount Rainier National Park Washington I was absolutely blown away by how amazing Mount Rainier National Park was. I had seen a lot of beautiful pictures and even read up on the park beforehand. “Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount […]

White Pass, Washington

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White Pass, Washington Not much to say. White Pass was a very unexpected surprise for us – a beautiful 46 mile mountain pass leading from Yakima to Mt Rainier National Park’s southeastern entrance. One for the Road Photography – Shop & Prints

Arenal Volcano Costa Rica

The Arenal Volcano & La Fortuna

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 The Arenal Volcano & La Fortuna Waterfall La Fortuna, Costa Rica The Arenal Volcano & La Fortuna Waterfall – The road to La Fortuna was long and hot with temperatures topping out at 41°c. Between Aguas Zarcas and Quesada, we got stuck behind a truck maxing out around 15kph, traffic through Florencia was abysmal, and […]

Arenal Volcano National Park

Arenal Volcano National Park

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Arenal Volcano National Park La Fortuna, Costa Rica **Note, this text is just taken directly from Arenal.net.** The 29,692-acre Arenal Volcano National Park is located within the larger 504,094-acre Arenal Conservation Area, which protects some 16 reserves between the Tilarán and Guanacaste mountain ranges. This area contains a great wealth of geologic and biological complexity, […]

La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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La Paz Waterfall Gardens Vera Blanca, Costa Rica La Pas Waterfall Gardens – Technically we didn’t even go… The road heading north from Poas Volcano National Park was just as beautiful as the drive in from the south – More rolling green hills surrounded by lush jungles covering the mountains. We originally planned to stop […]

Paos Volcano National Park

A Quick Stop at Poás Volcano National Park

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A Quick Stop at Poás Volcano National Park Costa Rica After all the buses, taxis, and boats we had been in over the last ten days, it felt good being driving on my own – Music blasting, windows down, and ripping through the winding roads surrounded by lush coffee fields and flower farms all the way […]

The Hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park

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The Hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park Utah Bryce Canyon National Park – Back in July, I finally got down to Bryce Canyon National Park and even though I don’t technically have a list, it quickly shot to the top of my ‘favorite spots’ list. It’s a park with just mind-bottling geography consisting of bright […]

Lazy Days at the Grand Canyon

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Lazy Days at the Grand Canyon Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona Lazy Days at the Grand Canyon – After hiking to the Colorado River on South Kaibab Trail and back up the Bright Angel Trail the day before, I’m fairly confident literally every single muscle in my body hurt as I stood at Mather Point […]

South Kaibab, Bright Angel Trail & the Death Zone

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South Kaibab, Bright Angel Trail & the Death Zone Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona South Kaibab, Bright Angel Trail, & the Death Zone – The South Kaibab Trail was one of the more well-known trails in the Grand Canyon and very heavily traveled. It’s one that you can hike down 100’ simply for a different perspective […]

Grand Canyon National Park

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The Grandest of Canyons Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona The last time I had been to Grand Canyon National Park was seven years ago when I didn’t appreciate landscapes the way I do today. I remember once saying that I thought Canyonlands National Park was just as, if not more impressive than the Grand Canyon. […]

Turret Arch through North Window…

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Turret Arch through the North Window Arches National Park, Utah Turret Arch through the North Window – When I was at Landscape Arch the day before, I had talked to another amateur photographer, who told me he had shot Turret Arch through North Window, but he was also among 30 people clamoring for a spot on the […]

Sunset at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park

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Sunset at Delicate Arch Arches National Park, Utah Sunset at Delicate Arch – After shooting sunrise at Mesa Arch, my next ‘goal’ to shoot sunset at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park… 11 hours later. I took care of some stuff in town and after a failed attempt to bag a campsite inside Arches’ Devil’s Garden, drove back out […]

Sunrise at Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park

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Sunrise at Mesa Arch Canyonlands National Park, Utah Sunrise at Mesa Arch – For the last 3 weeks, the mountains of Colorado had experienced absurdly warm temperatures (60°+) just making me crave summer. I just couldn’t kick the nagging feeling I just had to get out of there for a few days so with a random […]

Camp 4 – Yosemite National Park

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Camp 4 Yosemite National Park, California Yosemite National Park is one of the jewels of the American parks system, boasting 3.7 million visitors per year, most of which (about 90%) spend all their time in Yosemite Valley gazing up at the towering cliffs and gushing waterfalls. Under the shadows of Eagle Peak 3,780 feet above, I […]

 
 
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