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  • Greetings from New River Gorge National Park & Preserve

    The pandemic came crashing in on me and I felt stuck and quite lost. I struggled really hard with who I was and what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. In the beginning of June, I chose myself for the first time in forever. I came…

  • Greetings from Stonewall National Monument

    Stonewall National Monument was designated a National Park Service (NPS) site just two months after I launched a three-year, nonstop journey to visit all 400+ NPS sites. That project ended up becoming a way to provide the LGBTQ+ outdoors representation I didn't see when I started my road trip, and…

  • Greetings from Badlands National Park

    My wife Jamie and I love packing up our 3 pups and our girls and going camping. This is our visit to Badlands NP. I was so nervous to take our pride flag out but did it anyway and I am so happy I did. We want to show our…

  • Greetings from Acadia National Park

    Pride is a beacon 🌈 We take our Pride as a queer couple with us wherever we go, and when we travel, a lot of times it’s to a National Park. We’ve made it a priority to pack our pride flag on our travels, right up there with all of…

  • Greetings from Mount Rainier National Park

    On our first date, we connected over our tales of the outdoors - the mountains we’d climbed, the backpacking trips we’d accomplished, the feeling of peace in laying in silence under the stars. Since getting married, we’ve taken up travel full-time, gravitating to places where park lands are aplenty and…

  • Greetings from Arches National Park

    My girlfriend and I woke up in Southern California and at 5AM she asked me “Zion or Arches”? We had two friends (another queer couple) in Arches so headed there on a whim where our chosen family met us with an already set-up tent, dinner, and cold drinks. I love…

  • Greetings from Joshua Tree National Park

    It didn't take long into our relationship to realize nature would be our safe haven. Humans are programmed to make judgement calls every single day and sometimes those feelings save our lives and other times they really hurt. Think about a time when you had a terrible feeling in your…

  • Greetings from Joshua Tree National Park

    My girlfriend and I decided to wake up in the dead of the night to see the sunrise in Joshua Tree National Park. It had been on my to do list for awhile now and I had heard how Cholla Cactus Garden was the best spot for such an adventure.…

  • Greetings from Rocky Mountain National Park

    My fiancée asked me to be her wife on June 4 at Spraque Lake overlooking the snowy caps of the breathtaking Rocky Mountains! Our best friends were there to cheer along as I said yes!

  • Greetings from Yosemite National Park

    My parents divorced when I was a toddler but I still got to benefit from their shared love for the outdoors. My mom moved us to Northern California when I was 8 and I'll never forget my first visit to Yosemite where we camped for several days. I vividly remember…

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