NP - Alaska and Pacific Islands

American Samoa NP – Ofu

American Samoa is a group of islands in the South Pacific comprised primarily of Tutuila and the Manu’a Islands (Ofu, Olosega and Ta’u).  It is located about 2600 miles Southwest of Hawaii and about 4800 miles southwest of the mainland United States.  Samoa (formerly Western Samoa)  is its closes neighbor, but on the other side of the International Date Line, making American Samoa one day behind Samoa.

The Samoa Islands are part of Polynesia, and have been populated for over 3000 years.  Samoa is believed to be the birthplace of the Polynesian culture.

The lagoon along the south coast of Ofu offers the best snorkeling waters in the park.

For more information about this park, visit the National Park Service website at:

http://www.nps.gov/state/as/index.htm

Wrangell-St. Elias NP – Kennecott Mines

This featured photo is one of my favorites.  We were hiking on a glacier, with crampons on our feet.  Kennecott was one of the neatest stops in Alaska.  I felt like a kid again…exploring an old mine, hiking glaciers and mountains, and fearing for bear!  I loved this place.

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