Submitted by Adam Luraas of Springfield
This photo was taken at sunrise at Cut Bank campground in Glacier National Park in August 2005. Along with the beautiful colors and incredible mountains we woke to, we heard elk bugling. My wife and my parents camped here after hiking to Triple Divide Pass, where water drains to the Pacific, Atlantic, and the Hudson Bay. During the hike, we were highly aware of grizzly bears and sure enough we saw a sow and her cubs playing and thrashing around in a wet meadow from a trail high above. Glacier National Park is very important to me because I grew up going there as a child. I then worked there as a wildland firefighter during the summer of 2000. Later on, I brought my future wife there and then as a married couple. Glacier National Park is very much a part of me. Now I dream of bringing my two sons there and standing on the shore of Lake MacDonald teaching them to skips stones as the sun sets, shines, or rises.I couldn't agree more with the idea that National Parks are America's best idea. I've worked and lived in many across the country. They have made me who I am and continue to shape my family. We have a deep connection to them even locally to Buffalo National River where my wife and I fell in love and Ozark National Scenic Riverways where my son experienced his first camping trip before the age of two. Thank you for this opportunity to share my love for our national parks!