There are 63 National Parks in the United States, each profound in its own right.
While it used to be only the adventure enthusiast who’d seek the mighty peaks of the Rocky Mountains or Cascade Range, now even the most dedicated of urbanites are checking out the trails in hordes.
Too bad President Biden is trying to ruin the mass exodus to the great outdoors with his latest coronavirus mandates.
Winter is as good a time as any to experience the oasis our National Parks offer.
With the explosion of Instagram, it’s hard to enjoy a scenic overlook during peak times with a hundred tiny screens crowding the view.
The only issue now is that President Joe Biden has mandated that Americans must wear masks in all federal areas – and that includes National Parks!
But while annoying, don’t let it stop you from taking a winter vacation and exploring the great outdoors.
The Wonderland Trail at Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington, is a challenging – but rewarding – hike for both experienced hikers and those looking to push themselves in new ways in 2021.
With a panoramic view of snow-capped mountains and descending valleys, you’ll see a bit of everything including glaciers, canyons, and waterfalls.
However, this two-week hike up 23,000 feet and stretching 93 miles will be near deadly if wearing a mask.
After about 6,900 feet, oxygen begins to deplete rapidly, so the only mask you should be wearing when hiking Wonderland Trail is an oxygen mask.
Of course, Biden isn’t concerned with hikers dying from a lack of oxygen, he just doesn’t want them dying from COVID.
Angel’s Landing at Zion National Park, Utah, is another must-see.
According to Fodors Travel, Angel’s Landing is named after its rock pillars which are so steep, only “angels could land on it.”
Although it’s the most popular hike in Utah, the winter months are much less crowded, making social distancing much easier.
But the last stretch of this glorious hike is along a narrow 600 foot ridge – you definitely don’t want to suddenly get lightheaded or have your glasses fog up because you’re wearing a mask.
The North Kaibab Trail at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona is located toward the North Rim.
The trails here are less populated and much easier to navigate than all the obstacles we’re currently facing in our daily lives. It will definitely offer a much-needed reprieve!
National Parks have a way of transcending us far away from our day-to-day reality to a place that seems to predate the consequence of sin and power.
Of course Biden is going to do his best to taint such an experience, but there are some things that man can never control – and nature is one of them.