Some days, weeks, years, and decades seem difficult.
I think, at heart, I am a simple person. I believe what Scout told Jem in To Kill a Mockingbird, ” I think there is just one kind of folks. Folks.” I am having a hard time holding to that ideal, or, more precisely, getting the world to accept it. So what I do is cling to the ground to help preserve my sanity (or at least a bit of equilibrium). My ground includes the bugs, the bindweed, and the first tomatoes in my garden. More fundamentally, though, I am thinking about the wild (more or less) places I have been lucky enough to hike in.
I had been planning to write a post about the hundredth anniversary of the National Park Service. For a few minutes earlier today, I thought the topic was too light for this day, week, month, and year of violence, ethnocentrism, demagoguery, and hatred. I dropped that thought almost immediately. I believe also what Thoreau said, “In wildness is the preservation of the world.”
Enough words. Below are a few photos of some of my favorite places within the National Parks system. May we have peace (I still believe in that ideal, too).