Wednesday, October 29, 2008


"The water is so rapid and the bed of the river so rocky, that going by water appeared impractical; and the mountains so amazingly high, steep and rocky, that it seemed impossible to go along the river by land."
- Lewis and Clark journal entry, August 24, 1805.
Oars.com featured this picture and quote on their homepage.
What a beautiful setting. Our country is beautiful. It encompasses more than just the people in it. [i'm going to sound tree-hugery] It makes me a little sad to see so much of our history forgotten and destroyed. That's all. :) Have a wonderful end of the week.

3 comments:

  1. In all seriousness I completely understand how you feel. I love nature (my dad used to call me nature girl). I loved being outside so much, my mom used to have to drag me inside when I was young. But yes it does make me sad how much of nature really gets destroyed, it's beauty lost forever. *sigh*

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  2. I have a sad "history forgotten and destroyed in the land" story of my own. In the house I grew up in, we lived in front of a park that included a series of ponds and quarries. There was a naturally grown bamboo "maze" by one of the ponds. All the bamboo shoots had overgrown and created tunnels. It was the richest, best playground for children growing up when I did. I can't say how many hours I spent there with my brother.

    Years ago, I took my husband back to see it...excited to show him all the wonders of the area I'd loved. Only to discover that the ponds we used to swim in had been gated off from use, EVERYTHING had been cemented over, the bamboo maze was gone (but that had burnt down while we still lived there)... it was nothing at all like the wonderland I remembered. It was so sad to see the changes...which sometimes, I don't think are a good thing. :(

    Then again, in today's world, that type of "playground" would be too dangerous for kids to be alone in.

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