Through the Lens: Olympic National Park, Sol Duc Valley
One of the new features we've built into the updated National Parks Traveler is the ability to have audio and video embedded into the site. As internet connections have become faster and have allowed for more downloadable media content in recent years, we thought it would help round-out the discussion on parks to include some original audio and video clips from time to time. I'm happy to present the first of such park media today. This is a video clip about the Sol Duc Valley in Olympic National Park. It would probably best be described as a travelogue, but I hope you'll find that it plays a little different than most you've seen. This video clip follows my journey first along the Lake Crescent road and then up the Sol Duc Valley. My first stop is to the Salmon Cascades (no jumping salmon while I was there though - September is typically the best month for that). I have a look around the Sol Duc Hot Springs, and then I finish up with a hike to the Sol Duc Falls.
We've got multiple options for viewing the audio and video content. If you've got iTunes or similar software on your computer, we've now got a podcast feed you can subscribe to. To get things started, you'll see that the podcast includes some content I had originally developed on the Park Remark website. Also, I'll be uploading video content to YouTube, so it will be easy to find and share with others. Look for videos uploaded by 'natparkstraveler' for our content.
If all that sounds a little too techie, don't worry, any audio/video content we upload will be viewable on this site. The software for video delivery is Quicktime, and for audio delivery its Flash, both of which you probably already have on your computer.
We've got some ideas we are already working on for additional audio and video presentations for the site. There are some interviews I'd like to present, and I've got more video content for future "Through the Lens" presentations. Please let me know if you've got some ideas for stories that you would like to see developed for audio or video on the site.
My favorite moments as a ranger in the parks were giving illustrated evening programs around the campfire. The web is my outlet today, and while I don't have the opportunity to see and speak directly to my audience, I still hold hope that you'll enjoy the show!