“Once destroyed, nature’s beauty cannot
be repurchased at any price.”
— Ansel Adams
This weekend we have Patriots Day in Massachusetts. I know the Marathon has been the center of attention this year, but well before the runners gather in Hopkinton on Monday there will be many people rolling out of bed early to re-enact the original Patriots Day. They will re-create the military face-offs between the British and the colonials in Lexington and Concord. They will converge finally at Minuteman National Historical Park. How lucky we are to have this site preserved like a time capsule for us and future generations! Minuteman is just one of several national park sites in the state. Taken together they preserve the unique history and natural landscape of New England.
You might not know (I didn’t) that National Park Week is April 19-27. This weekend will see special events at many national park sites – all prepared for YOU to enjoy. Last year I repeated filmmaker Ken Burns’ comment, that our national parks are “America’s best idea.” Perhaps it is the tug of better weather and the great outdoors, but this is becoming a predictable, seasonal endorsement for me. Our heritage of set-aside places for all to enjoy becomes more valuable with passing each year. Commercial development seems to bulldoze everything in its way. What chance would mere history or nature have without a mechanism for maintaining the open, wild or historic places in our world?
This year’s theme is “Go Wild for National Parks.” I encourage you to support our national parks in every way you can. Let your representatives in Congress know how much you value the space and shared heritage which the parks preserve. Let the rangers know you support them by visiting the parks, this week and all year. Get involved with a favorite park and continue to include it as a part of your life. Check out the Go Wild website to see what is happening near you.
The film link below will introduce a wildlife movie arriving in theaters this weekend. It looks like a great film for families on spring vacation. (But they will let you in even if you don’t have a child with you.) Get out there and support your parks!
Boundaries divide. Travel unites.
17 April 2014