Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Nature Nerd Wednesdays

Welcome to Nature Nerd Wednesdays, your mid-week nature break to reconnect with the calming, refreshing, and inspiring effects of nature. Take a deep breath and enjoy...

Looking forward to a New Year! View from Admiralty Head Lighthouse - Fort Casey State Park. Lainey Piland photo

We're now a few days into what will be - for the majority of us - the first full workweek we've had since the holidays began. Let's all share a collective groan (ugggghhh...). I'm still feeling a bit hung over from the abundance of sleep, good food, and freedom I was able to enjoy with two consecutive holiday weekends, and still dreaming of the fantastic Wallace Falls "first day hike" I enjoyed on New Year's Day.

Speaking of Wallace Falls - did you know this park is actually one of Washington's many State Parks? Our National Parks tend to garner the most glory, but our smaller State Parks are comprised of land that is just as uniquely beautiful and historically and ecologically significant. I have an affinity for these places myself, and many of the photos on this blog were captured in State Parks.

The Washington State Parks Foundation is currently hosting a contest to determine the 2014 Photo of the Year. Click over to their Facebook Page to get lost in some amazing photos from Washington's State Parks (you might be surprised!) and to vote for your favorite. 

Now, hang that Discover Pass from your rear-view mirror and go make plans to visit some of our State Parks this year! Each park has its own unique story, and while visiting you'll learn more about the history of our great state while experiencing the amazing natural landscape that has presided over, succumbed to, and recovered from our human comings and goings through the centuries.

I'd love to hear which photo you voted for in the contest! Feel free to share in the comments below.

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