Even National Parks! And today is their birthday. This means a lot, actually.
“During the Westward Expansion it was clear that nature was receding and the appreciation of nature was diminishing. The Antiquities Act of 1906 was a general authority for presidents to set aside “historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest” on lands owned or controlled by the United States as “national monuments.” President Theodore Roosevelt took advantage of the act and proclaimed 18 national monuments by the end of his term.By the end of the century, presidents had proclaimed more than 100 national monuments. By 1916 the Department of the Interior was responsible for 14 national parks and 21 national monuments but had no organization to manage them. To remedy this, President Woodrow Wilson approved legislation creating the National Park Service on August 25, 1916.” And thus, 100 years later here we are!
I like to think of nature as the only thing we will have forever. Throughout the centuries that have past, and the centuries that will only come, nature will always be here. The world is constantly changing. The people are changing, the cities are getting bigger, more roads are being made, more people are being born. Throughout war and turmoil, peace and love- nature will always be there.
I am fortunate enough to have a mother whom believes strongly in seeing parks. We live in Minnesota and I could tell you I have been to almost every State/ Regional Park this state has to offer. As kids our family would pack into our Suburban with PB & J sandwiches, Walmart brand oreos and juice- and off we would go for the day. We would drive all over the state, park the truck, hike a little, and with the rare chance we were allowed to swim, we would go crazy. Then, on to the next park.
As I grow up I am beginning to appreciate these parks more than I did as a kid. Those day trips were long, man. But now I love hiking. I want to see more parks.
As a family we went road tripping out to the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion. A different trip we went to the Badlands and Theodore Roosevelt. Another time my dad and I went white water rafting in Utah, and stopped at Arches and Canyonlands. Recently, my family (+ boyfriend at the time) took a road trip out to Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, and Rocky. I really hope to see Yosemite, Sequoia and the Redwoods sooner than later.
Of course, living in Minnesota I have seen Grand Portage, Mississippi, Saint Croix, Voyageurs and Isle Royale. All BEAUTIFUL parks, and if you live in the Land of 10,000 lakes, I really hope you have the chance to see them.
Really, I hope and pray everyone has a little spot for nature in their hearts. In the end, it might be all we will ever have. No, you don’t need to road trip to see all the big National Parks. Taking a hike in your nearest State Park is just as good. My favorite quote from Anne Frank says- “The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.”
Appreciate nature. Thanks so much.