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Alonso de León, Spanish governor of Coahuila established the corridor for what would become the El Camino Real de los Tejas in multiple expeditions to East Texas between 1686 and 1690 to find and destroy a French fort established by René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle on what de León considered to be Spanish lands. The route would be refined in 1691-1692 by Domingo Terán de los Ríos, the first governor of Spanish Texas, in an effort to make better connections to the Spanish missions in East Texas. [wikipedia]⠀ ⠀ 📍: McKinney Falls State Park, part of the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail⠀ 📅 : April 2018⠀ ⠀ #nationalparkgeek #waterfallwednesday #parkchasers #nationalparkstraveler #findyourtrail #trails50 #getolympus


The El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail is a National Historic Trail covering the U.S. section of the El Camino Real de Los Tejas, a thoroughfare from the 18th-century Spanish colonial era in Spanish Texas instrumental in the settlement, development and history of Texas. The National Park Service designated the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail as a unit in the National Historic Trail system in 2004. [wikipedia]⠀ ⠀ 📍: McKinney Falls State Park, TX part of the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail⠀ 📅 : April 2018⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #nationalparkgeek #findyourtrail #trails50#getolympus #mckinneyfalls


A huge thank you to @parkchasers for this interview to kick off National Parks week! Please give them a follow (if you aren’t already). ⠀ ⠀ I’m honored and humbled to be profiled by like-minded folks who love our parks ⠀ ⛰🏝🏕🏜🚙⠀ #parkchasers#gotravel#explorepubliclands#nationalparksweek


It's International Dark Sky Week! The award-winning Dark Sky Places Program was started by IDA in 2001 to encourage communities around the world to preserve and protect dark sites through responsible lighting polices and public education.⠀ ⠀ The Dark Sky Places program offers five types of designations:⠀ ⠀ International Dark Sky Communities⠀ Communities are legally organized cities and towns that adopt quality outdoor lighting ordinances and undertake efforts to educate residents about the importance of dark skies.⠀ International Dark Sky Parks⠀ Parks are publicly- or privately-owned spaces protected for natural conservation that implement good outdoor lighting and provide dark sky programs for visitors.⠀ International Dark Sky Reserves⠀ Reserves consist of a dark “core” zone surrounded by a populated periphery where policy controls are enacted to protect the darkness of the core.⠀ International Dark Sky Sanctuaries⠀ Sanctuaries are the most remote (and often darkest) places in the world whose conservation state is most fragile.⠀ Dark Sky Developments of Distinction⠀ Developments of Distinction recognize subdivisions, master planned communities, and unincorporated neighborhoods and townships whose planning actively promotes a more natural night sky but does not qualify them for the International Dark Sky Community designation. []⠀ 📍: Big Bend, Mesa Verde, Olympic, Manzanar, Joshua Tree ⠀ #nationalparkgeek #darksky #darkskypark #getolympus


Some of the prettiest and most easily accessible falls in Mt. Rainier National Park, Christine Falls offers a charming intimate setting for viewing the powerful falls. This signature view of the lower falls is framed by the historic, arching Christine Falls Bridge. The falls drop 69 feet in drops of 32 and 37 feet respectively and are notorious for being nearly impossible to photograph together. Since the lower drop of the waterfall is spanned by a bridge it most often photographed – and photographed often. The upper tier of the fall is not as easily viewed. Find this little gem on the road to Paradise. Limited parking at the falls is available. [] #waterfallwednesday⠀ ⠀ ⠀ 📍: Mount Rainier National Park, WA ⠀ 📅 : May 2017⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #nationalparkgeek #visitrainier #getoutdoors #getolympus #nationalparklife #ig_pnw #landscapephotomag


#triviaTuesday POP QUIZ!⠀ ⠀ Our nation's 36th President, Lyndon B Johnson had a unique and sarcastic nickname, dating back to his 1948 US Senate race. What was the nickname, and how did it come about?⠀ ⠀ UPDATE: congrats to @chrisriefphoto and @shankelcus for correctly answering “Landslide Lyndon” for winning that election by 87 votes. ⠀ 📍: Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, TX⠀ 📅 : April 2018⠀ ⠀ #smallpark #lyndonbjohnsonnps #texas #nationalparkgeek


Woke up this morning thinking about Crater Lake. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ 📍: Crater Lake National Park, OR⠀ 📅 : May 2017⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #travel #explore #learn #nationalparkgeek #findyourpark


A National Seashore, in the United States, is any of a number of coastal areas reserved by the federal government for recreational use by the public. Padre Island National Seashore separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Laguna Madre, one of a few hypersaline lagoons in the world. The park protects 70 miles of coastline, dunes, prairies, and wind tidal flats teeming with life. It is a safe nesting ground for the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle and a haven for over 380 bird species. It also has a rich history, including the Spanish shipwrecks of 1554. []⠀ @padreislandnps #padreislandnps 📍: Padre Island National Seashore, TX⠀ 📅 : April 2018⠀ ⠀ #travel #explore #learn #nationalparkgeek #findyourpark #nationalseashore #southtexas


Not far from the entrance to @lyndonbjohnsonnps, is a beautiful patch of spring wildflowers. Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson was nicknamed the “Johnny Appleseed of wildflowers” and was an avid conservationist. As First Lady, Lady Bird started a capital beautification project (Society for a More Beautiful National Capital). It was intended to improve physical conditions in Washington, D.C., for both residents and tourists, by planting millions of flowers, many of them on National Park Service land along roadways around the capital. She said, "Where flowers bloom, so does hope." #wildflowers #bluebonnets


Next stop, one of my home parks, but in the meantime, here are more pelicans. #nationalparkgeek #padreislandnps #findyourpark #parks101 #southtexas


The American white pelican rivals the trumpeter swan, with a similar overall length, as the longest bird native to North America. Both very large and plump, it has an overall length of about 50–70 inches. It has a wingspan of about 95–120 in. The species also has the second largest average wingspan of any North American bird, after the California condor. This large wingspan allows the bird to easily use soaring flight for migration. In the breeding season, there is a laterally flattened "horn" on the upper bill, located about one-third the bill's length behind the tip. This is the only one of the eight species of pelican to have a bill "horn". The horn is shed after the birds have mated and laid their eggs. Outside the breeding season the bare parts become duller in color, with the naked facial skin yellow and the bill, pouch, and feet an orangy-flesh color. (Wikipedia) 📍: Padre Island National Seashore, TX⠀ 📅 : April 2018⠀ #travel #explore #learn #nationalparkgeek #findyourpark #getolympus #wnpa1938


Sunset, No filter. ⠀ ⠀ 📍: Padre Island National Seashore⠀ 📅 : April 2018⠀ ⠀ #travel #explore #learn #nationalparkgeek #getolympus #wnpa1938


Padre Island National Seashore (North Padre Island) is the longest undeveloped barrier island in the world. The national seashore is 70 miles (110 km) long with 65.5 miles (105.4 km) of Gulf beach. PAIS hosts a variety of pristine beach, dune, and tidal flat environments, including the Laguna Madre on its west coast (wikipedia)⠀ ⠀ 📍: Padre Island National Seashore, TX⠀ 📅 : April 2018⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #travel #explore #learn #nationalparkgeek#wnpa1938 #padreislandnps


DYK? On the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Palo Alto of the Mexican-American War, President Harry Truman returned all flags captured during the war to Mexico. ⠀ ⠀ 📍: Palo Alto National Historical Battlefield, TX⠀ 📅 : April 2018⠀ ⠀ #travel #explore #learn #nationalparkgeek #nationalbattlefield #wnpa1938 #usparksandmonuments


I don’t miss living in DC very often, but Cherry Blossom season always gets me waxing nostalgic. ⠀ The Yoshino produces single white blossoms that create an effect of white clouds around the Tidal Basin and north onto the grounds of the Washington Monument. Intermingled with the Yoshino are a small number of Akebono cherry trees, which bloom at the same time as the Yoshino and produce single, pale-pink blossoms. (Wikipedia)⠀ ⠀ 📍: National Mall NPS⠀@nationalmallnps 📅 : April 2013⠀ ⠀ #travel #explore #learn #nationalparkgeek #cherryblossoms #washingtondc #nationalmall


“I have bad news for you, for all of our fellow citizens, and people who love peace all over the world, and that is that Martin Luther King was shot and killed tonight.⠀ ⠀ Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice for his fellow human beings, and he died because of that effort.⠀ ⠀ In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it is perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in. For those of you who are black--considering the evidence there evidently is that there were white people who were responsible--you can be filled with bitterness, with hatred, and a desire for revenge. We can move in that direction as a country, in great polarization--black people amongst black, white people amongst white, filled with hatred toward one another.⠀ ⠀ Or we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand and to comprehend, and to replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand with compassion and love.⠀ ⠀ For those of you who are black and are tempted to be filled with hatred and distrust at the injustice of such an act, against all white people, I can only say that I feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling. I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man. But we have to make an effort in the United States, we have to make an effort to understand, to go beyond these rather difficult times.” - Sen Robert Kennedy⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #travel #explore #learn #nationalparkgeek #findyourpark#FYPyes#parks101#npcapics#goparks #NationalParkLife#nationalpark#nationalparks#americasbestidea#ShareTheExperience#npcollective#nationalparkfoundation#TheModerndayExplorer#findyouradventure#npca#nationalparktrust #protectourpubliclands #climatechangeisreal#protectingparks#optoutside#OurWild#naturephotoUSA


Visited San Antonio Missions today. Mission San José has always been my favorite mission - from the Rose Window to the iconic archway. The connection of past and present in this living historical park always draws me in.⠀ ⠀ 📍: @missionsnps⠀ 📅 : April 2018⠀ ⠀ #travel #explore #learn #nationalparkgeek#wnpa1938


#TriviaTuesday POP QUIZ!⠀ ⠀ Everglades National Park is a complex area comprised of 8 natural features and ecosystems. Can you name them?⠀ ⠀ First person to answer correctly wins today's prize pack! (see final photo for details)⠀ ⠀ Good luck!⠀ ⠀ UPDATE: congrats to @theadventurous3 for answering correctly ! #travel #explore #learn #nationalparkgeek #getolympus #omdem1markii #national_park_photography #thenationalparkspass