PUBLISHED: 3:52 PM on Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Juneau woman wins trip to favorite nature spot

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  Heather Adams with her boyfriend, Christian Nunez, who co-wrote the winning entry with her.
The next time Heather Adams of Juneau heads off for an outdoor getaway, it will be on Nature Valley. Adams is one of four grand prize winners of the Nature Valley Where's Yours? essay contest. Asked to describe a favorite spot in nature within the United States, Adams was one of more than 2,300 entrants who responded by posting an essay on Each of the four winners receives a trip with three friends to one of the many locations posted on the Where's Yours? Web site.

Adams' essay details Caribou Creek in Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and was judged on creativity, authenticity and descriptiveness. Each entrant was asked to choose their favorite spot in nature and rank it in terms of beauty, remoteness, value and intensity. Entries represented all 50 states, ranging from well-known nature spots to more remote places.

"I love discovering new places and being in the outdoors," Adams said. "The Where's Yours? contest allowed me to share my passion with other nature lovers, as well as discover hidden treasures that I never knew existed."

Adams' winning destination, Caribou Creek, is located in southeastern Alaska. Here, visitors can enjoy an abundance of activities, including backpacking, fishing, photography, camping, canoeing, hiking, walking, skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, horseback riding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Other winning locations were the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, submitted by Denise Ross of Vacaville, Calif.; Denali National Park, submitted by Nancy Cushing of Ormond Beach, Fla.; and Seneca Rocks in W. Va., submitted by Katie Mattson of Charlotte, N.C.

On Adams' last trip, she witnessed a rare snow-free valley view from the Mentasta Mountains. As the nation's largest national park, Wrangell-St. Elias occupies countless opportunities to experience nature.

Adams embraced her chance to the fullest.

Outdoor lovers can explore some of these undiscovered spots in nature by logging onto the Nature Valley "Where's Yours?" Web site, This online, interactive community is designed for those interested in finding new outdoor destinations.

By choosing a specific geographic location or particular outdoor activity, site visitors are able to read reviews of favorite nature spots posted by fellow outdoor enthusiasts, as well as post their own favorite spot.