I can tell, my friend, that the elevator still goes to the top. In our
travels we have seen and appreciate nature. We did make it to
the top and not many have accomplished that….
Our elevators do reach the top, albeit with more stops and starts than back in 1960.
The appreciation of nature, it seems to me, is becoming less relevant to today’s youth than in our time. The electronic gadgets have replaced nature as a means of ‘escaping’ the humdrum of life.
Oh well, what can be done about that? My 12-year-old grandson would rather play his [name] than take a drive along the shores of Lake Erie. In fact, if he did get to the lake, he’d play his game on the beach rather than looking for fish, sail boats and shells.
And who can blame him.
Here’s the question for the future [when you and I are but a memory]: will he and his generation ‘care’ as much about our natural wonders, national parks and wildlife areas as we did in our youth? Worse yet, will the current set of individualistic far-right tea party types- the tax-phobics- dismantle them before he even gets to vote on whether to continue to preserve them?
Hello Muddy and Uptheflag,
My wife and youngest daughter love to take Nature Photos in the areas here on the Eastern Shore’s Beach areas and especially the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia too. There is another older couple we like to take off with as he has been taking photos since the 1940s.
I also have to agree that electronic gadgets have reduced the world for many of the young. From the “Walk Mans” of the 1980’s when they put in the ear plugs and did not interact with others on a school bus trip or were even aware of the scenery passing by to the “Game Boys” of the 2000’s were once again the noticeable world was no bigger than a two foot radius around them.
At least when I put a camera in my youngest hands and taught her to take close up art photos of drift wood or sea shells, she would at least experience her surroundings. With cameras being digital instead of film, this is very cheap and you maybe surprised what they can come up with. Maybe you could try this with your Grandson.
To answer your concluding question, I would say the young men who camped with their fathers like in the boy scouts will, or those who visited with their families to appreciate our great park systems. The battle in the future with the Teabaggers or their likes in the future with those who learned at an early age to understand and appreciate what natural wonders we really have here.
Bottom line, the investment we make today in the next generation to visit, learn, and appreciate the natural beauty of this country and understand that WE as citizens of this country OWN these sights. The Teabaggers, or whatever name they choose to go by at that time, will be wanting to fire sale our park systems to corporate entities to be mined, logged, or abused like they were before the likes of Teddy Roosevelt protected these lands.
I can give you an example in the Black Water Falls area of West Virginia. This is the view looking down the valley from the falls that the State of West Virginia had for their tourist board ads to come and visit the State.
A private corporation bought a section of the Park with the promise they were going to make nature trails, camp sights, overlook views, recreational areas, etc. to complement what was already done by the State Park System. As soon as the State sold control of this area of the Park to the corporation, they clear cut the forest and left a scorched earth look of what had been a mature forest for the wild life. When confronted about their assurances of developing the recreational aspects of what had been the Park, they pointed to the logging roads and called them nature trails. This was a bitter lesson learned by the State of West Virginia. This is what the Tea Party would have us do to all of our Park Systems.
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