Today is the 97th anniversary of the creation of America’s beloved National Parks system, which means three things: all National Parks are offering free admission today, we have a great excuse to eat cake in its honor, and Trail Sherpa is officially launching its newest project, Parks Folio!
Visiting as many National Parks as possible has been a huge priority for my yearlong adventure, and as my tick list grows larger, so does my appreciation for these slices of natural wonderland. The Trail Sherpa crew shares my love for National Parks, which began with the Trail Sherpa National Parks Series, a series of photos (and stories) curated by Dave Creech. The project sparked an outpouring of images, stories, and experiences that readers wanted to share with Dave and Tim Miner (the brains behind Trail Sherpa), so the fellas got to work creating a digital space where adventurers could come together to create a collaborative National Parks experience.
And thus, Parks Folio was born.
The site invites users to submit their best National Parks photos, and share the story behind the image. It’s an incredible venue for folks to experience National Parks through the adventures of others. You can get an eyeful of a bighorn sheep in Yellowstone through Tim Miner’s close-up shot, rediscover the Great Smokey Mountains with Val Joiner, imagine solitude at Zion through Terry Tyson’s account at Emerald Pools, and more. I love this project because while it was under-wraps for a good chunk of summer while a solid database of content was harvested, it’s going to continue to grow as adventurers get outside and collect new photographs and stories.
I have to send some extra love to Dave and Tim for their dedication to this project. They are some of the hardest working people I have ever met, and are true warriors fighting the good fight to inspire folks to get outside. Cheers to you two!