Today, I made a check on a “bucket list” item. I went up the Aerial Tramway in Palm Springs, escalating 2.5 miles to an arctic tundra habitat almost 11,000 feet above sea level. I’ve posted a video from YouTube, but I didn’t create or publish it. Anyway… it was worth every penny… and it wasn’t that expensive! Why haven’t I done it before? Lord knows I’ve been coming out to Palm Desert for over fifteen years! I think I was scared of heights? The ride? The cost? The hiking? The time? Lame, lame, lame, lame, and lame.
Well, I did it today, along with two of my daughters, and we had a wonderful time. I think I’ll be posting a pic to Instagram, so my readers will be able to see our adventure from my blog.
But what I really want to share with my readers today is a lovely poem by John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club and protector of our natural parks. No one will ever confuse me with an environmentalist, but I am thankful that our state and national parks exist. They are worth the taxes! Here is the poem I wish to share; it is spiritual… it is scriptural… it is lovely.
Let children walk with nature,
let them see the beautiful blendings.
communions of death and life,
their joyous inseparable unity,
as taught in woods and meadows,
plains and mountains and streams.
And they will learn that death is stingless.
And as beautiful as life.