After a thrilling day of hiking, biking, fishing, boating and birdwatching, settle into the sand at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and watch the sunset over Lake Michigan. The colorful skies and breaking waves make this a perfect summer experience. Photo by Rafi Wilkerson, National Park Service.
There’s nothing quite like a wetlands summer sunset. The colorful sky reflects in the still water as the chorus of frogs and crickets grows louder and louder. At Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge in Vermont, ducks, terns and herons swoop down to find their last snacks before returning to their nests. Grab a comfortable seat by the bog or on the edge of the forest and enjoy the show! Photo by Inna Malostovker (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Sunset at Joshua Tree National Park in California isn’t only beautiful, it’s a welcome relief. Summer temperatures often stay above 100 degrees until darkness helps bring them down to a relatively cooler 80. When visiting the park in the summer, remember to limit your activity during the day and stay hydrated. Take advantage of amazing starry skies and more tolerable night time temperatures to enjoy this special place. Photo by Brad Sutton, National Park Service.
Morris Wetland Management District includes wetlands and grasslands scattered throughout an eight-county area in Minnesota. Like other wetland management districts in the prairie states, the goal of the Morris District is to restore and protect enough habitat to meet the needs of prairie wildlife – particularly breeding waterfowl – as well as provide places for public recreation. The stunning summer sunsets are just a bonus. Photo by Alex Galt, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Everyone can take pleasure in a summer sunset at Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota. From Native American tribes to French-Canadian trappers to modern day park goers, people have celebrated the waters and forests of this stunning place. On many of the ponds, lakes and streams, more than 3,000 beavers live in a habitat ideal for their needs. It’s easy to spot their dams on the water and their chew markings on trees. The park is their home, so please be a courteous visitor and do not disturb them. Photo from Beaver Lake by Nathan Manz (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Sunset paints the sky pink and gold at Fire Island National Seashore in New York. Far from the pressure of nearby urban life, the dynamic barrier island beaches of Fire Island offer solitude, history and spiritual renewal. Explore Fire Island Lighthouse (pictured here), beachcomb for shells, or surf fish for striped bass, bluefish or fluke. Photo courtesy of Jill Peters.
On this day in 1861, the first major battle of the Civil War – the First Battle of Manassas – was fought on several hills not far from a critical railroad junction in Virginia. Over 60,000 soldiers got their first experience of combat, “Stonewall” Jackson earned his nickname and almost 900 dead men foreshadowed the carnage to come. Walking the fields at Manassas National Battlefield Park helps us better understand that hot, bloody day and the conflict that tore America apart. Photo courtesy of Buddy Secor.
Do you want to take a sunset stroll by Lake Michigan? Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan offers 65 miles of shoreline and endless views of the lake. Although the lakeshore is long and narrow, it still has excellent forests, wetlands, lakes and streams where visitors have a wonderful opportunity for canoeing, hiking, bird watching, wildlife viewing and enjoying nature at its best. Photo by Lorie D’Elia (www.sharetheexperience.org).