As National Park Week wrapped up yesterday, I thought a lot about our national parks this past week. I thought about all the memories of our visits there.
I also thought about the junior ranger programs, the park rangers and volunteers, the history, the military service, the transportation options, the wildlife, the earth, the past, the nonprofit organizations, the mental health benefits, and the furry visitors to the park.
I smiled a lot during these thoughts. The national parks bring us great joy in addition to many other benefits. We could also a bit more joy in these times.
National Park Week provided us with a daily reminder of all the goodness within this great and unique system. While this year we all focused on it virtually, it is still a important week.
Thank you for coming along with me on this year’s National Park Week.
I just finished reading Wishtree written by Katherine Applegate. Fantastic book! I’m not surprised as I loved The One and Only Ivan also authored by Katherine Applegate.
In this novel, the author uses nature to tackle prejudice through the most beautiful use of words.
Red is the neighborhood oak tree that people place their wishes onto via a tie and cloth once a year. Red and his animal buddies have seen a lot over the years. In fact, Red has 216 rings on him.
I love the voice the author gives Red and his buddies to help out a new family to the area and grant a wish. As I read this book, I felt the oak tree’s feelings and wanted to give him a wish that I could grant.
“But sometimes things happen that aren’t so good. When they occur, I’ve learned that there’s not much you can do except stand tall and reach deep.”
After finishing the book, I stared at my own oak tree for some time wondering about his thoughts, memories, and wishes.
Highly recommend picking up this quick, but really beautiful read!
To continue our National Park Week, today is Earth Day!
To celebrate this day, you can do a number of activities. You can volunteer at a national park; learn about nature and science within a national park; visit a national park; learn about the history of the land; recycle; avoid plastic straws and utensils; and donate to the national parks.
Our national parks contain some amazing natural sights to check out! Take a moment today and enjoy them!
Happy Earth Day!