The sun had long since set by the time I got to Crater Lake National Park. I had made the long drive from Davis, CA to Crater Lake National Park after work to spend the weekend in Oregon’s only national park. I couldn’t wait to check out Crater Lake as it would be my 42nd national park and the last of the Cascade mountain national parks. As with most of my trips, this was a last minute decision to spend the weekend in Crater Lake.
Alaska is a bucket list vacation destination. A typical visitor is coming to visit the amazing scenery, do some fishing/hunting, or view some epic wildlife. This is the state to do all of these plus so much more. Visitors typically come in June, July, and August. These are the short summer season in Alaska. Alaska is BUSY during those months. Avoid the popular months and check out an Alaskan September.
The United States has one of the world’s greatest system for protecting our natural resources. The national park system was started in 1872 when Yellowstone National Park was created. Since then 417 different national and historical resources have been added to our national park system. Each park is a wonder in itself. They are our national gems and are some of the most instagramable places in the world. I asked my fellow travel bloggers to share the most instagramable places in the United States National Parks (I shared a few of my favorite places as well).
Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Spotlight Thursday is from my first solo road trip. On my way to Mount Rainier National Park, I stopped in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. After a while, bison herds start to all look the same. This herd was a little different since it was the only one during my visit that had calfs with them. Without further ado, here is how I made a deal with a bull bison in Yellowstone National Park.
I stepped off the plane and on to a South Pacific Island. Yet, I haven’t even left the United States. I am still ‘technically” in the United States. I had landed at the Pago Pago International Airport on the island of Tutuila in American Samoa. American Samoa is an unincorporated unorganized territory of the United States. Basically, the islands are owned by the US but operate under local rule and customs. The U.S. Federal Government has limited involvement in American Samoa politics and American Samoans are U.S. Nationals but not citizens. I have traveled to this far flung island chain south of the equator and halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii to spend four days exploring the National Park of American Samoa.