The Nurture of Nature

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” —John Muir

Thomas_Moran_-_Golden_Gate _Yellowstone_National_ParkAndrea here, The Summer Solstice took place this past Saturday where I live (those of you in the Southern hemisphere had, of course, the Winter Solstice.) I always love the longest day of the year, and the golden glow of sunset stretching into the evening. It got me to thinking about Nature, and how aside from the four dates marking the change in season, we rarely stop and think about our connection to the rhythms and cycles of the natural world.

My musings were also sparked by the PBS series by Ken Burns on the history of the American National Parks, which I have been streaming over the last week. (you can see it here) In this troubling time of ills, both natural and man-made, I found it to be incredibly uplifting and inspiring.

“Keep close to Nature's heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”
—John Muir

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Americans are polarized about so many things these days, so it’s heartening to watch a show about what writer Wallace Stegner has called “the best idea we (Americans) ever had.” The idea of setting aside grand swaths natural beauty for posterity first took shape within another time of great conflict for America. In 1864, during the midst of the Civil War, President Lincoln signed the Yosemite Land Grant bill, giving the Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoia trees to the state of California “upon the express conditions that the premises shall be held for public use, resort, and recreation.”

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“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.” —John Muir

John_Muir_by_Carleton_Watkins _c1875The sublime beauty of the new state park was recognized by the intrepid people who managed the arduous trek to visit it. But it took the lyrical writing of Scottish-born naturalist, John Muir, who lived in the valley for many years, to bring the idea of the importance of Nature to the human spirit to a broader audience all around the country. Like Thoreau before him, Muir penned poetry and essays that inspired Americans to look around them, and realize that they are part of something so much greater than themselves.

“The power of imagination makes us infinite.”
—John Muir

Half_dome_yosemite_national_parkThe novel idea of preserving majestic land for the public to enjoy took another step forward in 1871. Word-of-mouth reports from trappers and explorers about an amazing stretch of wilderness in Wyoming territory with geysers, boiling mud and thermal pools led the U. S. government to dispatch a geological survey expedition to the area. Among the members were the photographer William Henry Jackson and the artist Thomas Moran. The images they brought back to Washington created a sensation, and Congress passed a bill creating Yellowstone National Park, preserving the wildness in perpetuity for the American people. (The wonderful paintings of Albert Bierstadt also helped spark the public’s imagination and create support for preserving the land.) President Ulysses Grant signed the billed in 1872, creating the very first national park in the world.

800px-Albert_Bierstadt_-_Valley_of_the_Yosemite_-_Google_Art_ProjectNo nation before had ever created such an oasis for its people. What’s wonderful about the national parks is that we, the people of the United States, own them. Their awesome beauty is open to ALL of us. They are places where one can seek solace and rejuvenation—where one can reconnect with the wind, the stones, the water and trees; where one can hear rivers sing and leaves whisper; where one can converse with flora and fauna and feel a part of the majesty of Nature.

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Green-Yosemite-7-768x978Muir left Yosemite to visit Alaska, and then to start family. When he returned after some years for a visit, he was appalled that commercialism had crept into the parkland and was destroying some of the natural beauty. Teaming up with the editor of Collier’s magazine, he started writing essays and lobbying for the surrounding lands and rivers that fed into the original Yosemite Land Grant to be protected from development. His passion sparked a national letter-writing campaign to Congress, which passed a bill in 1890 making a huge tract of land adjoining his beloved Land Grant mountains and valleys the second national park.

Today we have 419 National Parks, and while—as in the past—there are forces seeking to whittle away at the safeguards to keep them pristine and preserved for future generations, most Americans agree that they are national treasures.

"Earth has no sorrow that earth cannot heal.” —John Muir

BirdI love being in Nature, and really do find it restores and rejuvenates the spirit. I walk down through meadows and tidal pools by Long Island Sound every day, and love all the infinite simple beauties of the wind ruffling through the grasses, the sunlight on the water, the vaiety of wildlife and bird species—a bald eagle has shown up this year, which is very exciting! (photos of the national parks and John Muir from wikicommons)

So, what about you—do share Muir’s love and sense of connection to Nature. Have you visited a national park? And do you have a favorite local spot where you enjoy communing with nature?

105 thoughts on “The Nurture of Nature”

  1. I absolutely loved what you’ve said here: “Their awesome beauty…majesty of Nature.” You have captured the essence of what I feel on every hike I go. How I feel alive (even as I’m gasping for breath) with my boots thudding on soft earth, snapping twigs and rolling pebbles, while around me, I breathe in the fresh evergreens.

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  2. I absolutely loved what you’ve said here: “Their awesome beauty…majesty of Nature.” You have captured the essence of what I feel on every hike I go. How I feel alive (even as I’m gasping for breath) with my boots thudding on soft earth, snapping twigs and rolling pebbles, while around me, I breathe in the fresh evergreens.

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  3. I absolutely loved what you’ve said here: “Their awesome beauty…majesty of Nature.” You have captured the essence of what I feel on every hike I go. How I feel alive (even as I’m gasping for breath) with my boots thudding on soft earth, snapping twigs and rolling pebbles, while around me, I breathe in the fresh evergreens.

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  4. I absolutely loved what you’ve said here: “Their awesome beauty…majesty of Nature.” You have captured the essence of what I feel on every hike I go. How I feel alive (even as I’m gasping for breath) with my boots thudding on soft earth, snapping twigs and rolling pebbles, while around me, I breathe in the fresh evergreens.

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  5. I absolutely loved what you’ve said here: “Their awesome beauty…majesty of Nature.” You have captured the essence of what I feel on every hike I go. How I feel alive (even as I’m gasping for breath) with my boots thudding on soft earth, snapping twigs and rolling pebbles, while around me, I breathe in the fresh evergreens.

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  6. I have been to very few national parks; but I have been to many of the lesser attractions which are also under this system. My husban and I have life-time memberships, which we bought 10 years ago.
    Alas, our traveling days are almost over, but I’m glad we have those memberships.

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  7. I have been to very few national parks; but I have been to many of the lesser attractions which are also under this system. My husban and I have life-time memberships, which we bought 10 years ago.
    Alas, our traveling days are almost over, but I’m glad we have those memberships.

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  8. I have been to very few national parks; but I have been to many of the lesser attractions which are also under this system. My husban and I have life-time memberships, which we bought 10 years ago.
    Alas, our traveling days are almost over, but I’m glad we have those memberships.

    Reply
  9. I have been to very few national parks; but I have been to many of the lesser attractions which are also under this system. My husban and I have life-time memberships, which we bought 10 years ago.
    Alas, our traveling days are almost over, but I’m glad we have those memberships.

    Reply
  10. I have been to very few national parks; but I have been to many of the lesser attractions which are also under this system. My husban and I have life-time memberships, which we bought 10 years ago.
    Alas, our traveling days are almost over, but I’m glad we have those memberships.

    Reply
  11. Beautiful post, Andrea! I’m very lazy so I don’t often go to national parks, but whenever I’m in Sweden I can’t resist going for a walk in the forest. The forests and lakes there are definitely balm for the soul and I love them! Just spending time in our garden is also wonderful – nature is awesome even in smaller spaces!

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  12. Beautiful post, Andrea! I’m very lazy so I don’t often go to national parks, but whenever I’m in Sweden I can’t resist going for a walk in the forest. The forests and lakes there are definitely balm for the soul and I love them! Just spending time in our garden is also wonderful – nature is awesome even in smaller spaces!

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  13. Beautiful post, Andrea! I’m very lazy so I don’t often go to national parks, but whenever I’m in Sweden I can’t resist going for a walk in the forest. The forests and lakes there are definitely balm for the soul and I love them! Just spending time in our garden is also wonderful – nature is awesome even in smaller spaces!

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  14. Beautiful post, Andrea! I’m very lazy so I don’t often go to national parks, but whenever I’m in Sweden I can’t resist going for a walk in the forest. The forests and lakes there are definitely balm for the soul and I love them! Just spending time in our garden is also wonderful – nature is awesome even in smaller spaces!

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  15. Beautiful post, Andrea! I’m very lazy so I don’t often go to national parks, but whenever I’m in Sweden I can’t resist going for a walk in the forest. The forests and lakes there are definitely balm for the soul and I love them! Just spending time in our garden is also wonderful – nature is awesome even in smaller spaces!

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  16. All I can say is thank God for people like John Muir. I shudder to think what would have become of these treasures had they not fought to preserve them.
    Many years ago, on a road trip to California, we decided to detour and stop by the Grand Canyon. None of us had seen it before. Starting early in the morning we were plagued with one problem after another (car problems, mis-direction, etc.). I remember thinking nothing is worth this much trouble.
    Well, I was wrong. We finally arrived early in the evening. I don’t have words to describe how beautiful it was – except truly GRAND!

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  17. All I can say is thank God for people like John Muir. I shudder to think what would have become of these treasures had they not fought to preserve them.
    Many years ago, on a road trip to California, we decided to detour and stop by the Grand Canyon. None of us had seen it before. Starting early in the morning we were plagued with one problem after another (car problems, mis-direction, etc.). I remember thinking nothing is worth this much trouble.
    Well, I was wrong. We finally arrived early in the evening. I don’t have words to describe how beautiful it was – except truly GRAND!

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  18. All I can say is thank God for people like John Muir. I shudder to think what would have become of these treasures had they not fought to preserve them.
    Many years ago, on a road trip to California, we decided to detour and stop by the Grand Canyon. None of us had seen it before. Starting early in the morning we were plagued with one problem after another (car problems, mis-direction, etc.). I remember thinking nothing is worth this much trouble.
    Well, I was wrong. We finally arrived early in the evening. I don’t have words to describe how beautiful it was – except truly GRAND!

    Reply
  19. All I can say is thank God for people like John Muir. I shudder to think what would have become of these treasures had they not fought to preserve them.
    Many years ago, on a road trip to California, we decided to detour and stop by the Grand Canyon. None of us had seen it before. Starting early in the morning we were plagued with one problem after another (car problems, mis-direction, etc.). I remember thinking nothing is worth this much trouble.
    Well, I was wrong. We finally arrived early in the evening. I don’t have words to describe how beautiful it was – except truly GRAND!

    Reply
  20. All I can say is thank God for people like John Muir. I shudder to think what would have become of these treasures had they not fought to preserve them.
    Many years ago, on a road trip to California, we decided to detour and stop by the Grand Canyon. None of us had seen it before. Starting early in the morning we were plagued with one problem after another (car problems, mis-direction, etc.). I remember thinking nothing is worth this much trouble.
    Well, I was wrong. We finally arrived early in the evening. I don’t have words to describe how beautiful it was – except truly GRAND!

    Reply
  21. I’ve been to a few national parks, mostly close to home: Utah, Idaho, Wyoming… I live in Utah and I’m fortunate that I have mountains basically in my backyard with a system of trails that I can get to within minutes from my house. There is definitely something wonderful about being in them and out in nature.

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  22. I’ve been to a few national parks, mostly close to home: Utah, Idaho, Wyoming… I live in Utah and I’m fortunate that I have mountains basically in my backyard with a system of trails that I can get to within minutes from my house. There is definitely something wonderful about being in them and out in nature.

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  23. I’ve been to a few national parks, mostly close to home: Utah, Idaho, Wyoming… I live in Utah and I’m fortunate that I have mountains basically in my backyard with a system of trails that I can get to within minutes from my house. There is definitely something wonderful about being in them and out in nature.

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  24. I’ve been to a few national parks, mostly close to home: Utah, Idaho, Wyoming… I live in Utah and I’m fortunate that I have mountains basically in my backyard with a system of trails that I can get to within minutes from my house. There is definitely something wonderful about being in them and out in nature.

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  25. I’ve been to a few national parks, mostly close to home: Utah, Idaho, Wyoming… I live in Utah and I’m fortunate that I have mountains basically in my backyard with a system of trails that I can get to within minutes from my house. There is definitely something wonderful about being in them and out in nature.

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  26. Andrea this posting is wonderful. I love to be outdoors and have had many spots I love to visit. I have been to many of the National and State parks. On every trip we take our aim is at least one or two National Parks. I read many of John Muir’s writings as well as others who express similar topics. I am lucky to have lived in places that were close to many of the National Park Systems treasures. I am lucky that my family all love to get away to wild and scenic places instead of man made tourist spots.
    I have many places I love to go to if I only have a day. Lake Michigan’s shore is not far away, or any woodlands or views are perfect. Even my back yard has turned into quite a lovely wildlife patch where I can watch birds, small mammals, insects, stars, and more. This is also where I can feel wonderful with a good book, feel a cool breeze and hear the birds sing. The outdoors is my church.

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  27. Andrea this posting is wonderful. I love to be outdoors and have had many spots I love to visit. I have been to many of the National and State parks. On every trip we take our aim is at least one or two National Parks. I read many of John Muir’s writings as well as others who express similar topics. I am lucky to have lived in places that were close to many of the National Park Systems treasures. I am lucky that my family all love to get away to wild and scenic places instead of man made tourist spots.
    I have many places I love to go to if I only have a day. Lake Michigan’s shore is not far away, or any woodlands or views are perfect. Even my back yard has turned into quite a lovely wildlife patch where I can watch birds, small mammals, insects, stars, and more. This is also where I can feel wonderful with a good book, feel a cool breeze and hear the birds sing. The outdoors is my church.

    Reply
  28. Andrea this posting is wonderful. I love to be outdoors and have had many spots I love to visit. I have been to many of the National and State parks. On every trip we take our aim is at least one or two National Parks. I read many of John Muir’s writings as well as others who express similar topics. I am lucky to have lived in places that were close to many of the National Park Systems treasures. I am lucky that my family all love to get away to wild and scenic places instead of man made tourist spots.
    I have many places I love to go to if I only have a day. Lake Michigan’s shore is not far away, or any woodlands or views are perfect. Even my back yard has turned into quite a lovely wildlife patch where I can watch birds, small mammals, insects, stars, and more. This is also where I can feel wonderful with a good book, feel a cool breeze and hear the birds sing. The outdoors is my church.

    Reply
  29. Andrea this posting is wonderful. I love to be outdoors and have had many spots I love to visit. I have been to many of the National and State parks. On every trip we take our aim is at least one or two National Parks. I read many of John Muir’s writings as well as others who express similar topics. I am lucky to have lived in places that were close to many of the National Park Systems treasures. I am lucky that my family all love to get away to wild and scenic places instead of man made tourist spots.
    I have many places I love to go to if I only have a day. Lake Michigan’s shore is not far away, or any woodlands or views are perfect. Even my back yard has turned into quite a lovely wildlife patch where I can watch birds, small mammals, insects, stars, and more. This is also where I can feel wonderful with a good book, feel a cool breeze and hear the birds sing. The outdoors is my church.

    Reply
  30. Andrea this posting is wonderful. I love to be outdoors and have had many spots I love to visit. I have been to many of the National and State parks. On every trip we take our aim is at least one or two National Parks. I read many of John Muir’s writings as well as others who express similar topics. I am lucky to have lived in places that were close to many of the National Park Systems treasures. I am lucky that my family all love to get away to wild and scenic places instead of man made tourist spots.
    I have many places I love to go to if I only have a day. Lake Michigan’s shore is not far away, or any woodlands or views are perfect. Even my back yard has turned into quite a lovely wildlife patch where I can watch birds, small mammals, insects, stars, and more. This is also where I can feel wonderful with a good book, feel a cool breeze and hear the birds sing. The outdoors is my church.

    Reply
  31. I first came across John Muir last year when I was travelling in Alaska and enjoyed his writing very much. Here in the UK we have some stunning National Parks too. I am fortunate enough to live in a place designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and over the last few months it has been interesting – and lovely – to see how many more people have been discovering its wonders for themselves. I have loved nature for as long as I can remember and find being outdoors so inspirational. Thank you for the post, Andrea!

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  32. I first came across John Muir last year when I was travelling in Alaska and enjoyed his writing very much. Here in the UK we have some stunning National Parks too. I am fortunate enough to live in a place designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and over the last few months it has been interesting – and lovely – to see how many more people have been discovering its wonders for themselves. I have loved nature for as long as I can remember and find being outdoors so inspirational. Thank you for the post, Andrea!

    Reply
  33. I first came across John Muir last year when I was travelling in Alaska and enjoyed his writing very much. Here in the UK we have some stunning National Parks too. I am fortunate enough to live in a place designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and over the last few months it has been interesting – and lovely – to see how many more people have been discovering its wonders for themselves. I have loved nature for as long as I can remember and find being outdoors so inspirational. Thank you for the post, Andrea!

    Reply
  34. I first came across John Muir last year when I was travelling in Alaska and enjoyed his writing very much. Here in the UK we have some stunning National Parks too. I am fortunate enough to live in a place designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and over the last few months it has been interesting – and lovely – to see how many more people have been discovering its wonders for themselves. I have loved nature for as long as I can remember and find being outdoors so inspirational. Thank you for the post, Andrea!

    Reply
  35. I first came across John Muir last year when I was travelling in Alaska and enjoyed his writing very much. Here in the UK we have some stunning National Parks too. I am fortunate enough to live in a place designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and over the last few months it has been interesting – and lovely – to see how many more people have been discovering its wonders for themselves. I have loved nature for as long as I can remember and find being outdoors so inspirational. Thank you for the post, Andrea!

    Reply
  36. I do love nature and feel restored when I’m out among it, whether I’m sitting and watching birds or taking a walk in any of the metroparks around here. I have visited the national parks. It was mainly while I was growing up that I visited many of the Praks considered to be America’s Crown Jewels. The most recent national pak I visited was during a flightseeing tour from Las Vegas to the Western part of the Grand Canyon. It was incredible to see the colors of the cliffs in the soft light of a September morning.

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  37. I do love nature and feel restored when I’m out among it, whether I’m sitting and watching birds or taking a walk in any of the metroparks around here. I have visited the national parks. It was mainly while I was growing up that I visited many of the Praks considered to be America’s Crown Jewels. The most recent national pak I visited was during a flightseeing tour from Las Vegas to the Western part of the Grand Canyon. It was incredible to see the colors of the cliffs in the soft light of a September morning.

    Reply
  38. I do love nature and feel restored when I’m out among it, whether I’m sitting and watching birds or taking a walk in any of the metroparks around here. I have visited the national parks. It was mainly while I was growing up that I visited many of the Praks considered to be America’s Crown Jewels. The most recent national pak I visited was during a flightseeing tour from Las Vegas to the Western part of the Grand Canyon. It was incredible to see the colors of the cliffs in the soft light of a September morning.

    Reply
  39. I do love nature and feel restored when I’m out among it, whether I’m sitting and watching birds or taking a walk in any of the metroparks around here. I have visited the national parks. It was mainly while I was growing up that I visited many of the Praks considered to be America’s Crown Jewels. The most recent national pak I visited was during a flightseeing tour from Las Vegas to the Western part of the Grand Canyon. It was incredible to see the colors of the cliffs in the soft light of a September morning.

    Reply
  40. I do love nature and feel restored when I’m out among it, whether I’m sitting and watching birds or taking a walk in any of the metroparks around here. I have visited the national parks. It was mainly while I was growing up that I visited many of the Praks considered to be America’s Crown Jewels. The most recent national pak I visited was during a flightseeing tour from Las Vegas to the Western part of the Grand Canyon. It was incredible to see the colors of the cliffs in the soft light of a September morning.

    Reply
  41. Mary, John Muir really deserves the thanks of our nation. His poetic writing really stirred people to think the natural beauty of our wildernesses, and join in the fight to preserve them.
    The Grand Canyon is on my Wish List. I’ve the words truly can’t capture its breathtaking beauty and majesty.

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  42. Mary, John Muir really deserves the thanks of our nation. His poetic writing really stirred people to think the natural beauty of our wildernesses, and join in the fight to preserve them.
    The Grand Canyon is on my Wish List. I’ve the words truly can’t capture its breathtaking beauty and majesty.

    Reply
  43. Mary, John Muir really deserves the thanks of our nation. His poetic writing really stirred people to think the natural beauty of our wildernesses, and join in the fight to preserve them.
    The Grand Canyon is on my Wish List. I’ve the words truly can’t capture its breathtaking beauty and majesty.

    Reply
  44. Mary, John Muir really deserves the thanks of our nation. His poetic writing really stirred people to think the natural beauty of our wildernesses, and join in the fight to preserve them.
    The Grand Canyon is on my Wish List. I’ve the words truly can’t capture its breathtaking beauty and majesty.

    Reply
  45. Mary, John Muir really deserves the thanks of our nation. His poetic writing really stirred people to think the natural beauty of our wildernesses, and join in the fight to preserve them.
    The Grand Canyon is on my Wish List. I’ve the words truly can’t capture its breathtaking beauty and majesty.

    Reply
  46. This was a lovely post. I’m not a traveler and never have been so haven’t seen any of these places in person. Here in Ireland we wouldn’t have anything on that scale but we do have some beautiful places. In the county next to mine there’s a replica village from Viking times. It has lovely scenery and is very peaceful when walking around it. My daughter and I visit it almost once a year. We take a picnic and have a wonderful day out. It calms the spirit. Not as dramatic as the Grand Canyon or similar places but beautiful just the same.

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  47. This was a lovely post. I’m not a traveler and never have been so haven’t seen any of these places in person. Here in Ireland we wouldn’t have anything on that scale but we do have some beautiful places. In the county next to mine there’s a replica village from Viking times. It has lovely scenery and is very peaceful when walking around it. My daughter and I visit it almost once a year. We take a picnic and have a wonderful day out. It calms the spirit. Not as dramatic as the Grand Canyon or similar places but beautiful just the same.

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  48. This was a lovely post. I’m not a traveler and never have been so haven’t seen any of these places in person. Here in Ireland we wouldn’t have anything on that scale but we do have some beautiful places. In the county next to mine there’s a replica village from Viking times. It has lovely scenery and is very peaceful when walking around it. My daughter and I visit it almost once a year. We take a picnic and have a wonderful day out. It calms the spirit. Not as dramatic as the Grand Canyon or similar places but beautiful just the same.

    Reply
  49. This was a lovely post. I’m not a traveler and never have been so haven’t seen any of these places in person. Here in Ireland we wouldn’t have anything on that scale but we do have some beautiful places. In the county next to mine there’s a replica village from Viking times. It has lovely scenery and is very peaceful when walking around it. My daughter and I visit it almost once a year. We take a picnic and have a wonderful day out. It calms the spirit. Not as dramatic as the Grand Canyon or similar places but beautiful just the same.

    Reply
  50. This was a lovely post. I’m not a traveler and never have been so haven’t seen any of these places in person. Here in Ireland we wouldn’t have anything on that scale but we do have some beautiful places. In the county next to mine there’s a replica village from Viking times. It has lovely scenery and is very peaceful when walking around it. My daughter and I visit it almost once a year. We take a picnic and have a wonderful day out. It calms the spirit. Not as dramatic as the Grand Canyon or similar places but beautiful just the same.

    Reply
  51. I do love the woods, and my favorite woods is the area I am most familiar with, in northern New Jersey where I grew up. You can find nature anywhere, no matter where you live, but the national parks are spectacular. I’ve been to many of them, from Maine to Florida to Idaho, but I’ve never been to Yosemite. It’s definitely on my bucket list.

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  52. I do love the woods, and my favorite woods is the area I am most familiar with, in northern New Jersey where I grew up. You can find nature anywhere, no matter where you live, but the national parks are spectacular. I’ve been to many of them, from Maine to Florida to Idaho, but I’ve never been to Yosemite. It’s definitely on my bucket list.

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  53. I do love the woods, and my favorite woods is the area I am most familiar with, in northern New Jersey where I grew up. You can find nature anywhere, no matter where you live, but the national parks are spectacular. I’ve been to many of them, from Maine to Florida to Idaho, but I’ve never been to Yosemite. It’s definitely on my bucket list.

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  54. I do love the woods, and my favorite woods is the area I am most familiar with, in northern New Jersey where I grew up. You can find nature anywhere, no matter where you live, but the national parks are spectacular. I’ve been to many of them, from Maine to Florida to Idaho, but I’ve never been to Yosemite. It’s definitely on my bucket list.

    Reply
  55. I do love the woods, and my favorite woods is the area I am most familiar with, in northern New Jersey where I grew up. You can find nature anywhere, no matter where you live, but the national parks are spectacular. I’ve been to many of them, from Maine to Florida to Idaho, but I’ve never been to Yosemite. It’s definitely on my bucket list.

    Reply

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