For outdoor enthusiasts, the best and only way to truly celebrate the Fourth of July is to spend it in the National Parks. The National Parks are home to some of the most beautiful natural spaces in the country and the world. While others might enjoy a day of fireworks and grilled hot dogs, you’ll enjoy a night sky full of skies, and a meal of summer sausage and noodles cooked on a simple stove. There’s no doubt that the Parks are full of adventure and wonder, but they’re also full of hazards and risks. No, we’re not talking about the bears in Glacier or the wolves in Yellowstone. We’re talking about your fellow visitors. To help you best enjoy your Fourth Of July getaway in the Parks, Infuze has put together this handy guide.
Get Off The Roads And Onto The Trails
We all love the National Parks because of the many ways that they can be enjoyed. Some love paddling through the Everglades, while others love climbing the Tetons. Others choose to admire them from the comfort of their car, and more power to them. But they have a tendency to clog the roads, and the infamous animal jams can occur anytime a deer pokes his head out from behind a bush. To avoid these traffic jams, spend more time on the trails. You’ll be shocked by how quickly the crowds thin out even just a mile off the trailhead. You’ll quickly find that you’ll have a part of the park all to yourself, where you can truly enjoy nature to its fullest.
Pack It In, Pack It Out
The National Parks are a major draw for visitors from all over the world. While this is a great way to create new defenders and champions for these spaces, it is also a great way to clutter these spaces up quickly. Despite the Park Service’s commitment to leaving no traces, their visitors are less committed. Be cognizant of what you’re bringing with you into the park, and make sure to pick up after yourself. Don’t litter, and try and bring reusable containers with you rather than single serve packaging. Also, be aware of your eating habits. Don’t share your cheese crackers with that chipmunk, it’ll only encourage them to continue this harmful habit. If you find a bear-proof trash bin, make sure to seal it completely after you throw your trash away.
Take Nothing But Pictures, Leave Nothing But Footprints
After being a part of such a beautiful landscape for even a few minutes, it’s tempting to bring a part of that landscape with you as you leave. Surely a simple stone or a prickly pine cone won’t be missed right? Wrong! Part of loving and protecting our parks is leaving everything the way you found it. You might not realize it, but that pine cone could be a part of some creatures home, or food resources. Instead of bringing physical parts of the park home, feel free to document every part of your trip with your camera! You’ll love looking back at your pictures and sharing them with friends and families.
If you’re not the type to take pictures and prefer to live in the moment, try taking a mental snapshot. Sit still for a few minutes and let your senses go to work. Take a deep breath, and pay attention to what you’re smelling. Listening for the rustling of the wind through the trees, the tumbling of water across rocks, and the chattering of creatures. Watch the landscape gently twist and shift as the sun moves, and clouds float overhead. Let all of this sink in, and you’ll make the Park a part of you.
The fact is, Fourth of July is one of the most popular times of the year to visit the National Parks, making planning ahead even more important than a regular trip to the Park. This means that you’ll need to reserve your backcountry permits or campsites far in advance. Make sure you have enough food to last for your visit as nearby stores, or shops within the park may face shortages on popular food choices. Finally, make sure you’ve got plenty of gas in the tank, as you might be driving more slowly through the Park due to the amount of traffic.
Enjoy your Fourth of July adventure and remember to stay hydrated on your trail travels. With the Infuze Hydro Camelbak filter, you’ll get a quick sip of your favorite drink enhancer whenever you want it thanks to our unique design.