Naturalist, John Muir, stated:

“In every run with Nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”

Taking his advice to heart, I spent twenty three days road tripping west across fourteen states and nine national parks exploring nature and discovering what it had to offer. I am a strong believer that the best way to explore is by foot, and I did so by running through various parts of the National Parks. The serene, majestic beauty that came with every run was overpowering, inspiring, and truly refreshing to my mind, body, and soul.

Trail Run - Mountain Background

Over the course of the trip I covered all different terrains such as the sandy beaches of the Pacific Coast, dirt paths of the Hoh Rainforest, sandstone trails of the Grand Canyon, twelve-foot snow banks residing at Crater Lake, and the granite rock of Half Dome.

Snow Run with Lake

I’d be lying if I said that all these hikes were easy. The journey along some of these trails, put me outside of my comfort zone, but the final reward, view, and feeling of self-achievement was worth it. I learned that being challenged isn’t something you should fear, but something you should embrace. Embrace the adventure and the excitement of not always knowing what is around the next bend, tree, waterfall or incline.

Mountain Run

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to take a chunk of time to discover the beauty our county has to offer. Running amongst giant sequoia trees, waterfalls that haven’t flowed in over 20 years, pristine lakes, wild horses, views of the Cascade Mountain Range, and rocks covered in starfish and sea anemones during low tide are experiences I will never forget and will always hold dear to my heart. Although these are wonderful experiences, natural beauty lies all around us. It’s just up to you to realize and appreciate it. I challenge you to take the scenic route every now and then and explore, for you may find far more than what you were seeking, I know I did.

Canyon Run

National Parks covered: Canyonlands, Arches, Grand Canyon, Sequoia, King’s Canyon, Yosemite, Crater Lake, Olympic, Theodore Roosevelt.

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