HDR Glacier National Park (Earth Day 2012) by Mark Janke

Camping With Your Mother

“And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.” 

– William Shakespeare

Today is earth day!  If you’re not out camping and seeing scenes like the one I enjoyed (above), at least have an adventure and go outside for a while.  Take your allergy medications, breathe some fresh air, go for a walk, give thanks for the beauty that daily surrounds us, eat some granola, wear natural fiber clothing, recycle, grow your armpit hair out ladies!, go barefoot so you can feel mother earth under your every step, and hug a tree (& a hippie…but not a creepy one).

Today is a great day to remind ourselves to be responsible campers this season.  Take only pictures, leave only footprints (& the remains of your camp after a grizzly bear played whack-a-mole with it)!

All kidding aside, the wild places on this planet are being tamed.  After living in Europe for a while, I realized that Americans love to vacation in Europe.  They like the history of the stones, the metropolitan life that is smashed up against the suburbs (European’s call it “rural”).  Europeans, on the other hand, often travel to the United States to visit the vast undeveloped areas in national parks and the blank horizon of Kansas.

Try this, be a European tourist today and enjoy the nature that is all around you…even if it is mauling the campers in the site next to yours!

Here’s a Time-Lapse video NASA shot from the International Space Station for the upcoming film “Earth”:

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