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Sonja Saxe

@thenationalparksgirl

A collection of photos from my time spent in nature πŸ• @theoutbound Explorer @idratherbeinnature Ambassador

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Sonja Saxe @thenationalparksgirl Instagram Photo / Video — May 23, 2017

When 3000-4000' peaks shoot straight from the ocean they create quite a dominating shoreline! πŸ“Έ:

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Sonja Saxe @thenationalparksgirl Instagram Photo / Video — May 22, 2017

I'm forcing myself to take a break from Alaska photos! So here's a photo of my favorite feature in : Excelsior Geyser! Also, each day this week I'm sharing a quick photography tip over on 's page so be sure to stop over there and check them out 😊

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Sonja Saxe @thenationalparksgirl Instagram Photo / Video — May 21, 2017

Sunsets were late in Alaska, like "way past my bedtime" late, but I stayed up for them because they looked like this! πŸ‘Œ

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Sonja Saxe @thenationalparksgirl Instagram Photo / Video — May 18, 2017

Kayaking next to Northwestern Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park with πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ

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Sonja Saxe @thenationalparksgirl Instagram Photo / Video — May 16, 2017

Our trip to Kenai Fjords was full of wildlife sightings and one of the most common critters we encountered were these curious seals. As we were paddling they would pop their heads out of the water and watch us slowly make our way through the fjord. After a few moments they'd sink back beneath the surface only to pop up in a new spot and watch us from a new angle. I can't read seals' thoughts, but if I could I imagine this guy would be thinking something along the lines of "what's wrong with those weird, skinny surface seals?" πŸ˜…

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Sonja Saxe @thenationalparksgirl Instagram Photo / Video — May 15, 2017

On the second and final night of our kayak trip in the Northwestern Fjord of we camped on a beach near Sunlight Glacier. We spent the night listening to the creaking, cracking, and calving of the glaciers that fill the fjord. It was remarkable and humbling. I couldn't dream up a more beautiful experience if I tried!

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Sonja Saxe @thenationalparksgirl Instagram Photo / Video — May 14, 2017

I've spent the past few days exploring with and although I really don't like to play favorites, I think I have a new favorite national park. I knew it would be a special place but nothing prepared me for just how beautiful and impressive it would be. From mountainous fjords jutting from the ocean towards the sky to the cracking and moaning glaciers to the abundance of marine wildlife this place is unforgettable! Unfortunately today is our last day in Alaska but we are going to squeeze in one last hike and if you want to tag along with me head over to and tune into their Instagram story because I'm taking it over!

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Sonja Saxe @thenationalparksgirl Instagram Photo / Video — May 8, 2017

Can you spot me in this photo?! 🐜Tomorrow and I are heading to Alaska for a little kayaking, hiking, and camping! Alaska is without a doubt my favorite state. It has a raw, wild beauty and it's easy to pretend that maybe, just maybe, you are seeing places no human has seen before.

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Sonja Saxe @thenationalparksgirl Instagram Photo / Video — May 7, 2017

I've been in a bit of a nostalgic mood recently so I spent some time going through my archives, reminiscing about past adventures, and re-editing a photo here and there when inspiration strikes. This shot is from October 2015 (has it been that long already?!) when I visited Maui and drove the Road to Hana. This scenic route is 64.4 miles long, has 600 curves, 54 bridges, and takes you on one unforgettable journey past fairytale-like landscapes and waterfalls galore πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ

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Sonja Saxe @thenationalparksgirl Instagram Photo / Video — May 1, 2017

The Milky Way and the Ajisai Japanese satellite (a helpful Reddit user figured that out) traverse the sky over a moonlit Crater Lake πŸŒŒπŸ’«

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Sonja Saxe @thenationalparksgirl Instagram Photo / Video — Apr 28, 2017

When out hiking or backpacking I can easily slip into that hustle-to-the-destination mode but sometimes it's nice to force myself to stop and take in my surroundings. After all, I may only get to see some of these places once in my lifetime so I need to spend every second I can soaking up these views!

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Sonja Saxe @thenationalparksgirl Instagram Photo / Video — Apr 25, 2017

Not much compares to the feeling of relief that sweeps over me after seeing first light the morning after a long, cold night of winter camping. In the depths of the night when I'm huddled in my sleeping bag, futilely trying to get a good night's rest I definitely question my sanity, but all doubts are erased when these views are sprawled out before me πŸ”₯ Side note: all along the right side of the frame you can see ski tracks. Talk about some stellar runs!

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