On the International Day of Forests, we honor our connection to these remarkable places. From the water we drink and the houses we build to the vital space they create for wildlife, forests are part of our lives every single day. Johanna Hendrickson took this photo while exploring the Olympic National Forest in Washington. “One thing I love about being in the forest,“ she explains, ” especially on a foggy spring day, is how quiet it is. All you can hear are your footsteps and occasionally the eerie call of a sooty grouse off in the distance.” Olympic National Forest is managed by our friends at the U.S. Forest Service. Photo courtesy of Johanna Hendrickson.
The last moments of light before the sun sets at Zion National Park in Utah are a sight to behold. The Watchman stands tall overlooking the Virgin River flowing along the iconic trail. A view like this is easier to achieve than you might think. Pick a few days and plan your next adventure. Photo courtesy of Kenny Chen.
Scenic overlooks in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park in California offer gorgeous views of endless mountain beauty. Many of the park’s roads are spectacular but can be unnerving in winter if you’re not used to driving in snowy conditions. Be prepared and drive carefully and a pastel sunset over snow-dusted mountains can be your reward. Photo by Aaron Chen (www.sharetheexperience.org).