Florangela Davila and Santana Banana at the Quinault Rainforest in Olympic National Park (photo by Glenn Nelson).
During a year reporting on national parks, I either accompanied, encountered or befriended a lot of people. They ranged from family and journalist colleagues to the rangers who interpret and steward the lands.
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The author's wife Florangela Davila and dog Santana in the Quinault Rainforest in Olympic National Park (photo by Glenn Nelson).
Shelton Johnson, a ranger at Yosemite National Park, portrays Elizy Bowman, Buffalo Soldier (photo by Glenn Nelson).
The author's daughter Sassia Nelson finds a quiet moment during sunrise on Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park (photo by Glenn Nelson).
Alan Spears of the National Park Conservation Association looks down on Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park (photo by Glenn Nelson).
The specks in the lower middle are hikers as seen from Maple Pass in North Cascades National Park (photo by Glenn Nelson).
A third grader at a program from La Ranger Troca, a mobile visitor center of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (photo by Glenn Nelson).
Stargazers at Panoramic Point in Kings Canyon National Park (photo by Glenn Nelson).
Scott Tucker, then superintendent at Lewis & Clark National Historical Park (photo by Glenn Nelson).
Ravis Henry, an interpretive ranger from Canyon De Chelly National Monument, delivers the welcome address at the World Ranger Congress in his native Navajo (photo by Glenn Nelson).
Michael Liang, who is gay, Chinese American and a ranger at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, was a Centennial Ambassador for the National Park Service (photo by Glenn Nelson).
José González, founder of Latino Outdoors, at Saguaro National Park (photo by Glenn Nelson).
Environmental journalists are briefed on drought and trees at Beetle Rock in Sequoia National Park (photo by Glenn Nelson).
Based in Seattle, Wash., Glenn Nelson is a contributing editor at High Country News and founder of The Trail Posse, which regularly covers race, diversity and inclusion in the outdoors. He also is a member of the Next 100 Coalition, a national alliance of organizations of color advocating for equal access to public lands. Nelson has won several national awards for his writing, photography and Web publishing. A graduate of Seattle University and Columbia University, he was born in Japan and started his career at The Seattle Times. He later founded HoopGurlz (now at ESPN), which covered girl’s basketball and college prospects nationally, and helped found Scout.com, a network of sports websites. Nelson is the primary author of a teen book about the NBA, has been published in numerous magazines and book collections, had his photographic work appear at the Smithsonian, and has been profiled by NPR. He also serves on the boards of Audubon Washington, Confluence Project and Friends of the Waterfront, as well as the Washington Governor's advisory committee on outdoor recreation.