“We abuse land because we see it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” –Aldo Leopold
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
*Norris Geyser Basin*
Yellowstone, despite its popularity, is one of the most wild and raw places I’ve ever been to. And walking through the park reminded me of the importance to keep these places as untouched as possible.
And believe me, often times I’m left fighting a battle between playing into tourism, or staying away forever so as to not contribute to its destruction through tourism…
So the only thing I can do is abide by the golden rule of leaving no trace behind.
*Upper Geyser Basin*
We made our way back to this basin. The day before, we had stopped just in time for Old Faithful to shoot under the sunset.
It was only right for two hearts in love to come across this beauty :)
This is why these pools are not your wishing wells. Throwing objects or coins only clogs them and robs them of their vibrant blues.
Morning Glory Pool
*West Thumb Geyser Basin*
Thermal water feeds right into Yellowstone Lake’s thumb.
And there were thermal vents poking right out of the lake. What a place…
But if I can remind you of anything today, let it be this: at the end of the day, when all politicians and governments and invisible country borders are gone, all we have is Earth.
So, to my American people…If you haven’t yet cast your vote, I hope that you consider voting for leaders who are willing to help protect our Mother and who will continue to help preserve incredible places like this.
Love & Light,
PS: You should watch Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary, Before the Flood :) It is eye opening and a perfect reminder of the importance of protecting our Home. Also worth watching on Netflix is The Ivory Game — seriously brought me to tears.
And totally unrelated, but wishing that every classroom in America could play this documentary — 13th. I skipped right over this on Netflix several times because what else could they possibly say about slavery, right? Wrong. Suddenly, so many things made sense. I highly recommend watching this!
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