Five for Friday: Walking is Wonderful

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C&O Towpath, north of Violette’s Lock

It’s been a hectic month, so I thought I’d go with an easy read for today. Nothing too taxing, just a celebration of the worlds that open up when you have a chance to take a walk.

1. After the rains of the previous week, we finally made it down to the river last weekend and ended up just north of Violette’s Lock, on the C&O Canal towpath. There was plenty of mud to dodge, but the weather was fantastic, and the humidity and insects are still at manageable levels. The river, though–the river was rushing, carrying so much water and debris following the deluge. It felt good to be out and just walk. Certainly one of those days that made me wish I had a pack full of food and water, with plans to be out for hours. The cherry on top was spotting the first oriole of the season, not to mention leafy green views like the one above.

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Five for Friday: George Masa, Changing Economies, and Controlled Burns

1.   George Masa, a photographer who worked on maps for the Appalachian Trail and what would become Great Smoky Mountain National Park, is being inducted into the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame next week. Read about him here, or view photos of him here.

2. From the Poetry Daily website, “A Landscape,” by Carl Dennis.

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The North Carolina seashore on an impromptu walk before a funeral a week ago.

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Five for Friday: NPS, Earth Day

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Olympic National Park, July 2015

1.   Saturday begins National Park Week, and Saturday, April 21, is fee-free day at the parks. Learn about other special events here. Take a hike!

2. Earth Day is Sunday, April 22. The Earth Day Network is focusing on plastic pollution this year. Get involved or just learn more here.

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Five for Friday

1. Updates on fees at U.S. National Parks.

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Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, July 2014

 

2. According to @AlaskaNPS, the Northern Lights may respond to whistling:

 

3. The Dark Mountain Project’s Dougald Hine interviews Jem Bendell, a professor of sustainability leadership at the University of Cumbria, in the U.K., about resilience, relinquishment, and restoration. Alongside that element of the discussion is this wonderful, and metaphoric, anecdote about a response following one of his talks:

“I remember one lady came up to me and said she used to be a pilot in the Outback of Australia and in her training, they used to do quite a spooky exercise which was called ‘extend the glide’. And it’s about, if the aircraft has a problem with the engines and they cut out, how do you then extend the glide to just give yourself more time to find yourself a safer place for the crash landing, but also on the off-chance that the engines might kick in again. And she said, that’s what you’re inviting us to start working on: how do we extend the glide?”

(You can read Bendell’s thoughts on the interview here.)

 

4. A lunar halo, as viewed in Chile, was named the Washington Post Capital Weather Gang’s picture of the week.

 

5. Poet Robert Cording’s prose piece, Cloud Shapes and Oak Trees, about art and experience. Keep reading, and you’ll get to a beautiful set of beliefs he issues later in the piece, introducing them with these lines:

“I often ask my students to write a statement of what they believe and what they would like their writing to accomplish. In that spirit, here’s my own little credo. I believe words evoke and depend on a reality apart from the acts of verbal reference, although poetry and, to my mind, theology are as Wallace Stevens said, ‘a revelation in words by means of words.’ I write, first and foremost, to honor the mystery of creation.  Here are some of the assumptions that underlie my work…”

Among those assumptions are this one, which I include because I appreciate it when writers quote Wendell Berry:

“We must love this world—not to figure it out or even understand it, but as Wendell Berry says, ‘to suffer it and rejoice in it as it is.'”