Oscar-quality Doctorloop's video trip through Big Bend National Park is not. And yet, it's corny enough to make it interesting.
The video short, entered in the National Park Foundation's "Your Parks Video Challenge," was made by a science teacher and his significant other as they toured the park located deep in the heart of Texas. Take a look. It's short and entertaining in its own way.
"The segment about the Javelinas is true. We saw them from the car several times but whenever I got out to get a better picture they were nowhere to be found. My wife would not come out because she was convinced they were going to ambush me as soon as I got far enough from the car," Doctorloopy told the Park Foundation. "On the float trip down the Rio Grande we did hit a thunderstorm. Our guide told us he could count on one hand the times that had happened to him. There were only the three of us on the river in canoes and it got a bit intimidating when the thunder started bouncing off the 1,000 foot canyon walls. But, when the lightning started I thought for a minute we were just going to abandon ship and resettle on the Mexican side of the border!"
The video is just the latest submitted in the contest presented by the National Park Foundation and Olympus. Each week until September 14 one of the entered videos will be highlighted by the foundation.
The video that showcases the most inspiring, meaningful and thoughtful story and/or experience will win an exclusive top-of-the line prize package from the National Park Foundation and Olympus.
Park goers are invited to submit videos, up to two minutes in length, between now and September 14th. Participants must be 13 years of age or older to enter. (Sorry, Ken Burns, you're banned from entering.) The online audience will then vote for their favorite at www.YourParks.com until September 22nd. Together fans voting online, along with the National Park Foundation and Olympus, will crown one winning video and 10 runners-up to be announced at the end of September.
The grand prize winner will receive an exclusive, all-expense paid trip for two to the national park of his/her choice, the recently released Olympus PEN camera kit, and a Federal Recreation Lands Pass – good for free entry into any one of the 391 National Park Service units. Runners-up will also receive a Federal Recreation Lands Pass as well as an Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 digital camera. In addition, winners will receive gift cards for outdoor footwear and apparel from Merrell.