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So, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve shared a Park People post here on Inner Compass Blog. I’m going to be completely honest and just tell you the truth: it got super complicated, super fast. After taking a break and determining the best way forward, I now have a plan! Moving forward, the Park People posts will be shared once a month (first Monday) and will feature 4-6 people depending on the topic. If you have yet to submit to an upcoming edition, head over to the Park People Participants page to learn more. 

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Glacier National Park

Submitted by Tom Thrash from He Knew He Was Right // Connect with him via TwitterInstagram, or on his blog.

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Glacier National Park // Copyright Tom Thrash // Used with permission.

“As someone who sets travel goals from visiting every state to attending a ballgame in every stadium to skiing at dozens of resorts, I’m frequently asked which is my favorite this or my favorite that. It’s almost always a very difficult question. One definite exception is when I’m asked my favorite National Park: The reflexive answer is Glacier. The most apt description I’ve heard is that it’s like someone took Alaska and kept compacting it down until only the most magnificent parts were left. From the first time driving into it from the east on Rt 89 and seeing the mountains majestically rising above all else to numerous treks across its Going to the Sun Road, not to mention the route along its Many Glacier entrances, and seemingly countless hiking miles, I am floored every time, tempted to put away the camera which can’t possibly do it justice, and just take it in. We have some really beautiful lakes in the northeast, but I’ve never seen the shades of blue that I’ve seen in the lakes at Glacier. It’s not the easiest place to reach from the east, but I’ve found my way there five times, that’s how much I love it. On trips from May through September, I have never been disappointed with the wildlife viewing opportunities: bear, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, marmots are all well represented.”

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Mount Rainier National Park

Submitted by John Soltys from Moosefish // Connect with him via TwitterInstagram, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, or on his blog.

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Mount Rainier National Park // Copyright John Soltys // Used with permission.

“Mount Rainier National Park is where my kids fell in love with our public lands and where they have shown me they can take on the kinds of adventures that are amazing for adults and kids alike. For most in the PNW, Mount Rainier is a peak on the horizon, but we’ve come to know her in all seasons and all conditions. It’s where we test ourselves to see if we are ready for our next challenge and where we expose our raw selves. Plus the views are kind of nice, too.”

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Colorado Bend State Park

Submitted by Richard Horton II of Big Guy Hiking // Connect with him via TwitterFacebook, or on his blog.

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Colorado Bend State Park // Copyright Richard Horton II // Used with permission.

“There are 90+ state parks in Texas but one has a 70-foot waterfall that is spring fed in the hill country region. The hike to Gorman Falls was well worth the trip and pictures cannot tell the story of its beauty and power. There are other falls in Texas but this one is a breathtaking adventure. The hike is challenging the overlook view of the falls is a must also.”

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Olympic National Park

Submitted by Anne Trent from TrailandHitch.com // Connect with her via TwitterInstagramFacebookGoogle+, or on her blog.

Olympic National Park Anne Trent

Olympic National Park // Copyright Anne Trent // Used with permission.

“Three ecosystems grace this park: temperate rainforests, rocky Pacific shorelines, and sub-alpine forest adjacent to wildflower meadows. I feel lucky to hold so many fond memories of the Olympics and in all three areas. I’d love to take a beach trek out to Cape Johnson again.”

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Yellowstone National Park

Submitted by Grant and Bonnie from Our Wander-Filled Life // Connect with them via TwitterInstagram,  FacebookPinterest, or on their blog.

Yellowstone National Park // Copyright Grant and Bonnie // Used with permission.

Yellowstone National Park // Copyright Grant and Bonnie // Used with permission.

“Hands down this is our favorite place in the world. There is nothing we don’t love about this park… the wildlife, the scenery, the hikes, the history. The image we included is of a bear we spotted out on a hike. It was so cool to see a bear out away from the road.”

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Please visit the Park People Participants page to learn more about participating and be sure to download and display your participation badge after you’ve been featured! Hope to see your submission soon!

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