Chase the sunset to Channel Islands National Park in California. Located over 12 miles off the coast, the park encompasses five remarkable islands and their ocean environment, preserving a wealth of natural and cultural resources. Each of the islands is a fascinating world unto itself with unique wildlife and awesome views. Sunset on Anacapa Island is a highlight for many visitors. Photo by Aaron Echols (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The desert can be a beautiful, but harsh place. At Saguaro National Park in Arizona, the namesake cacti grow very slowly, using a large root system to soak up all available water and nutrients. Rarely branching before the age of 50, an adult saguaro may weigh six tons and be over 50 feet tall. The average lifespan of a saguaro is usually 150 – 175 years, but biologists believe that some plants may live over 200 years. That means they’re patiently waiting for your visit. Photo by Hongxun Gao (www.sharetheexperience.org).
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.
A brilliant purple and orange sunset splashes across the sky off the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Virginia. The warm colors illuminate the cool winter scene of a partially frozen Potomac River. The parkway provides a scenic place to play and rest in the busy Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Photo courtesy of Geoff Livingston.
The brilliant orange and red sunset highlights a craggy snow-covered portion of Olympic National Park in Washington. Missing the mountains can cause quite an ache, so for those who can’t see them all the time, we share them regularly. These majestic mountains are the ancestral home to Twana/Skokomish, Quinault, Hoh, Quileute and Klallam/S’Klallam people. Photo courtesy of Becky Stinnett.
On the Delaware coast, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge occupies a maze of waterways and wetlands. The area provides us with an appreciation of how people, land resources and wildlife have coexisted and collectively shaped the current surroundings. A nationally recognized birding spot, the refuge attracts people as well as hundreds of thousands of migrating waterfowl and shorebirds. Photo by Gene Bailey (www.sharetheexperience.org).