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Renee Hahnel  Travel photographer & blogger ✨ Business - Living in a van & visiting all 59 US National Parks 🚐

Driving the Going-to-the-Sun Road will take your breath away ✨

Katmai National Park was a dream come true (park 34/59). From the moment we stepped off the float plane we were greeted by the biggest grizzly bears I have ever seen (literally, there were two on the beach next to our plane). It was surreal watching these impressive creatures feast on salmon by the falls and along the river, sometimes only a few yards from us. Thankfully there was a raised platform to view them from, though we did bump into a number of them on the trails too! Another highlight was seeing countless sows and cubs playing by the water and learning to fish. I feel extremely grateful to have had such an experience 🐻

We just finished up the first (and biggest) section of our National Parks road trip - 33 parks down, 26 to go! I recently teamed up with @cosmopolitan & @smithoptics to get out and adventure with the new #ChromaPop sunglasses. Read all about my story and this road trip by clicking the link in my bio! We are now heading up to Alaska to explore 8 of our most wild & rugged parks to date. Thanks so much for following along! βœ¨πŸ•ΆοΈ #AmplifyAwesome #ad

The last 4 days in Glacier National Park flew by. We hiked, rafted, saw a bunch of wildlife, took A LOT of photos & hung out with some awesome people. I feel incredibly thankful to be able to explore such a beautiful place ✨ Check out my stories to see our adventures on the river - a big thank you to @isaacsjohnston for taking us out rafting!

Grand Teton - 31/59 on our National Parks Road Trip partnering with @drinkevolve 🌼 Their delicious drinks & powders are now 30% off for Amazon Prime Day! Plus a portion of the proceeds go towards the National Parks Foundation (how cool is that?!) Click the link in my bio to grab yourself some! My favorite is the mellow mocha πŸ˜‹βœ¨

An indescribable moment ✨

Living in the moment is one of the most challenging yet rewarding things you will ever do 🌼
I struggle to switch off from technology, from the constant check lists & chatter running through my head. The best days are when I remind myself to slow down & take it all in. The sunrise this morning was pretty magical & a million times better than staring at my laptop or phone β˜€οΈ
If you look really closely at this photo you might be able to spot a Moose butt in the trees πŸ‘€

This is my 6th visit to Grand Teton National Park and I am still mind blown every time I see these incredible jagged peaks. It's almost not fair how anything can be that magnificent...

Happy birthday Canada. Thanks for being so darn beautiful πŸ’™ #canada150

Who doesn't love a summer road trip?! ✨

Salty hair, sandy feet & sunkissed skin ✨ I cannot wait to return to Virgin Islands National Park someday 🌴We just put up a mini guide to the park on the @drinkevolve website. Click the link in my bio to check it out ✌🏼

The roar of the waterfall echoed so loudly around the cave that @matthewhahnel & I couldn't hear each other shout. We were shivering, soaking wet & incredibly tired. It's hard to describe just how magical yet rugged Iceland is. I've road-tripped around the island twice, each for 2 weeks at a time. Both trips were emotionally & physically tough... but experiences like this made it 100% worth it. I can't wait to return again one day ✨
Thanks for all the nice feedback about my latest blog post. If you haven't seen it - find out what's in my camera bag by clicking the link in my bio πŸ“·

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