Tuesday, March 04, 2008

"...the natural world endures..."

Years of National Geographic Traveler sit in my apartment's front room. I've enjoyed that magazine immensely.

While reading the final article in Mel White's 2004 series about driving from Alaska to Florida, I particularly enjoyed this graf:

As for travel epiphanies... What I have instead is the comprehensive reinforcement of two beliefs I already held. First, although the cultural world undeniably has become more homogenized, the natural world endures, genuine and full of wonders, and it's here that travelers looking for diversity find the greatest rewards. There may be a Wal-Mart in Whitehorse, Yukon, and the same cable channels on televisions from the Bering Sea to Biscayne Bay, but anyone willing to get out of towns and cities can find proof of place in every park, preserve, and wildlife refuge. Flamingos do not nest on the tundra; spruce doesn't grow in the plains; pronghorn don't graze in the Deep South piney woods. People who lament the increasing sameness of the country are spending too much time in the mall.
Amen.

As I finished the article, it suddenly hit me. I met Mel White in Brinkley, Ark., two years ago. Holy cow.

3 Comments:

Blogger Denise said...

I really like that.

There is so much diversity in nature, so much to appreciate.

I love looking at nature through my children's eyes and being able to enjoy it all with them.

Plus, they would rather go to a park than the mall ANY day of the week!

March 04, 2008 3:15 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

"There is so much diversity in nature, so much to appreciate."

preCISEly.

March 04, 2008 3:53 PM  
Blogger dguzman said...

Cool, and so true.

March 13, 2008 1:45 PM  

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