National Wilderness Month

So one great thing that President Obama has pulled off that will be a benefit to us all is that he declared September as “National Wilderness Month” also this month marks the 47th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, which has led to the protection of nearly 110 million acres of public lands set aside for future generations to enjoy. The act also contains language that stands with “the pursuit of happiness” among the poetic gems of our political discourse: “A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape,” the act reads, “is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” Read more: here.

So in honor of National Wilderness Month I’m making a list of places I’d like to visit within the next year that are right here in my grand backyard of the good ol’ US of A. I want to travel the world but sometimes I forget how many amazing places are right here in the states. My list which most are right here in California:

– Camp in Big Sur
– Swim in Lake Tahoe
– Hike Half Dome in Yosemite National Park
– Rock climb in Joshua Tree (I’ve already done this but I want to do it again) –
Visit Sequoia National Park
– Hike the Grand Caynon

I know I said a year but I’m pretty sure I can make all those happen. Some can be long weekend trips. Anybody interested??? 🙂

Half Dome in Yosemite

Lake Tahoe (source)

Grand Canyon (source)