Sure, you know the national parks. Mt. Rainier, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon…Voyageurs? Located in the northern reaches of Minnesota, Voyageurs is one of the least-known parks in the NPS, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t well worth a visit. The watery, remote park spans 340 square miles, and much of it is only accessible by boat. Filled with tiny, untouched islands covered in lush forest and graced often by the Northern Lights, Voyageurs is an otherworldly paradise perfect for canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and–in the case of the Pattiz brothers’ newest video–shooting mesmerizing time lapses.
This video is the latest installment of Will and Jim Pattiz’s project More Than Just Parks, in which they visit and document each of our country’s 59 National Parks. Last year, when they were just embarking on the journey, Will told Adventure Journal that he and Jim’s first experience in a National Park was “life-changing,” and that the main objective of this passion project–which is funded almost entirely by the brothers themselves–is to help more people feel the way they did when they first set foot in Arizona’s Petrified Forest.
Their luxuriously shot short films vary park-to-park; the brothers focus a great deal on representing the diversity within our parks system, in hopes of getting more people–including both those who have never been and those who think they’ve seen it all–to visit our designated wilderness lands. By nature, the project does something else, too: it introduces people to the parks they didn’t know existed; ones that just might be closer to home than the more recognizable parks in the system. All their videos are free and available to the public at their Vimeo page, so plug in some good headphones, full-screen it, and give yourself a serious case of wanderlust.
Nobody ever gets enough national parks. Here are some of our favorite NPS books for diving in deeper:
The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks, by Terry Tempest Williams
The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, by Dayton Duncan
The Last Season, by Eric Blehm
Ranger Confidential, Living, Working, and Dying In the National Parks, by Andrea Lankford
The Soul Of Yosemite: Finding, Defending, And Saving The Valley’s Sacred Wild Nature, by Barbara J. Moritsch