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Sonja Saxe

@thenationalparksgirl

A collection of photos from my time spent in nature 🏕 @theoutbound Explorer @idratherbeinnature Ambassador

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

Early mornings in Kenai Fjords National Park 🙌 It's tough to sleep in when the sun rises at 5am, but that's okay, who wants to sleep when there's beautiful sights to see! PC:

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Sonja Saxe @thenationalparksgirl Instagram Photo / Video — Jun 19, 2017

Summiting Mt. Whitney was just as much of a mental challenge as it was a physical challenge. As we were climbing up the seemingly never-ending chute I had to make the tiniest goals for myself in order to stay motivated and moving. "Take 30 steps and then you can take a break", I would tell myself. After a short break I would then tell myself "okay, this time you're going to take 50 steps before stopping". And so this went on for 2 hours until finally, finally(!!!), we made it to Trail Crest at 13,600'. The hike was far from over but we were able to check off another portion of it and that was reason enough for a small celebration!

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

Date night in the Alabama Hills. First, we ate a dehydrated meal in the shadow of a giant boulder and then we watched the landscape change color as the sun sank beneath the horizon. It might not sound like much but I definitely prefer the camping version of "dinner and a show" to any other! . . . .

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Sonja Saxe @thenationalparksgirl Instagram Photo / Video — Jun 13, 2017

Gliding past walls of rock and ice in Kenai Fjords National Park 💎

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Sonja Saxe @thenationalparksgirl Instagram Photo / Video — Jun 12, 2017

Alex and I just spent a day exploring Santa Cruz Island in Channel Islands National Park and if you want to see the behind-the-scenes of our adventure head on over to and check out their Instagram Story! I shared our hike along the island's rugged coastline, sea cave explorations, and even some friendly dolphins playing in our ferry's wake on the ride home!

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Sonja Saxe @thenationalparksgirl Instagram Photo / Video — Jun 10, 2017

Well we did it, we summited Mount Whitney! We left the trailhead at 1am, were treated to a spectacular sunrise at 5:30am, and summited, breathless and in awe, at 11am. I'm still on a high just thinking about yesterday, or maybe that's just the altitude 🤔 Check out my stories for more photos and videos from our journey up Mount Whitney!

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

Hello from the Alabama Hills! Alex and I are here to attempt to summit Mt. Whitney. It's the tallest mountain in the contiguous US and it's a suffer-fest of a hike even in prime conditions. With this year's snow pack the peak is going to be even more difficult but we're going to give it our best shot. The man who rang up our snacks and camp fuel at the hiking store in Lone Pine informed us we must be masochists but hey! There's no fun like type 2 fun! 😆 pc:

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

Who wore it better: glacial-blue edition. I think I'll concede to the glacier this round 😅 pc:

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Sonja Saxe @thenationalparksgirl Instagram Photo / Video — Jun 4, 2017

The last light of the day slowly fades off the face of an unnamed mountain in Kenai Fjords National Park. Even though I just visited this park it's still on the top of my list of places to explore. It's funny how that list never manages to get any shorter 🤔

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Sonja Saxe @thenationalparksgirl Instagram Photo / Video — Jun 3, 2017

Happy National Trails Day! Here's to the trails that lead us to places like this. Here's to the trail workers that spend their days tirelessly building and maintaining the trails so that we can enjoy them. I never realized just how grateful I was for trail workers until I tried bushwhacking and ended up bruised and bleeding 😅 Which trails are you heading out on today?

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Sonja Saxe @thenationalparksgirl Instagram Photo / Video — Jun 2, 2017

I'm more than ready for relaxing summer days spent on the shores of an alpine lake!

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

When and I began hiking the Juniper Canyon trail in Pinnacles National Park we were completely engulfed in fog and it was pouring. We had seen only one other car in the entire park, which I'm certain belonged to the ranger who eagerly greeted us. I'm not sure if our solitude was a testament to our determination or our insanity but whichever it was it paid off. By the time we got to the overlook the rain had cleared and we had these sweeping views of the park to ourselves. We ate lunch as California Condors swooped overhead and clouds rolled by on the horizon and I appreciated every second of the experience. So it wasn't the winter backpacking trip in Yosemite we had planned but everything still worked out in the end 👌

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