There’s an enthusiastic debate raging among the US National Parks, and for once, the current presidential administration has nothing to do with it. The deeply divided issue? It’s not about the budget or park fees; it’s an endearing argument over which park has the prettiest sunset.
The whole thing began, as these things often do, on social media. On May 5th, the Saguaro National Park in southern Arizona d a photo featuring a gorgeous sunset overlooking a field of cacti. The relatively innocuous caption read, “Did you know @saguaronationalpark has the best sunsets in the world?” Not to be outdone, Joshua Tree National Park in southern California shot back in the . “Best sunsets in the world? Lol suuuuure.”
Ummm, what?! Did you know @saguaronationalpark has the best sunsets in the world? AND, the saguaro, which is an incredible cactus, can live up to 150-200 years old!! 🌵🌵 (LN, 📸: @discoverychannel ) #nojoke #seriouslythough #whyhaventyouvisited #datlandscapetho #saguaronationalpark
Saguaro National Park did not let that dig go unanswered. “We are a little biased but still true,” they replied, “Wanna have a sun-set off?” And with that, #ParkSunsetWars was officially on. Using that hashtag, park guests and rangers are posting their stunning shots of these places at dusk. But it’s not just limited to Joshua Tree and Saguaro—the photos feature national parks from across the US.
A SUNSET OFF? YOU’RE ON @saguaronationalpark. While your sunsets are nice, you might wanna get your facts straight because ours have been putting in work since day one. Check out this #tbt from 2015 (📸 NPS/Brad Sutton: #alttext Joshua trees sillhouetted by sunset background) #parksunsetwars
Although the two desert locales started #ParkSunsetWars, they aren’t the only ones to trade “insults” back and forth. Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska tweeted, “Oh really? Another hot park wanting to compete with us? We like to keep things cool when viewing our sunsets.” They included a picture of sunlit fog over snow caps. The comment didn’t go unnoticed by Death Valley National Park, one of the hottest places on Earth, who replied, “Beautiful! It must be nice to see a sunset a few times a year for you.” What a sick burn.
— Kenai Fjords NP (@KenaiFjordsNPS) May 16, 2018
This playful banter doesn’t answer who wins this bizarre battle, but that’s okay; we get to enjoy some beautiful views. Does that make us the real winners?
A post d by The Wild Groves (@thewildgroves) on May 23, 2018 at 6:09pm PDT
A post d by Mark Navarro (@marknavarrophoto) on May 23, 2018 at 2:53pm PDT
While there’s no “winner” to this battle, we’re the real winners because we get to see these beautiful views!
A post d by Stefen Keen (@stefen_keen) on May 24, 2018 at 9:53pm PDT
A post d by 🌏 ⒾⒼ ⓅⒽⓄⓉⓄⒻⓉⒽⒺⒹⒶⓎ 🌏 (@ig_photoftheday) on May 24, 2018 at 9:37am PDT
A post d by Natala Ianushevna (@natalaianushevna) on May 17, 2018 at 5:15pm PDT
Sunset over the Great Smokey Mountains🌄
A post d by Josh Prettyman (@joshprettyman) on Mar 24, 2016 at 8:51am PDT
h/t: [IFL Science]