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Day 34 of 100 Days of Gratitude

Saturday, April 15, 2017

I'm grateful that I live within 20 miles of a beautiful National Park (Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park in CO). And I have been privileged to explore many magnificent national parks...especially in the West. If you haven't been to the West, you can't imagine what you are missing!

Last night I was absorbed in a live presentation on American's National Parks given by Terry Tempest Williams, a highly renowned author, speaker and advocate of many causes. She shared stories of bison, birds, elk, plants, trees, rocks, mountains, lakes, sunsets, sunrises and cultures of America's National Parks.

Here's one:
A bison had been attacked and killed by hungry coyotes. After the coyotes were filled, smaller animals consumed every fiber of the fallen bison until only the white, shiny bones of the carcass remained. From a herd of 300 bison far across the land, seven bison approached the carcass, walking slowly in single file, evenly distanced from each other. They circled the carcass slowly, three times. Then six of them returned slowly, single file, equally distanced from each other--back to their "family". The seventh bison circled the carcass one more time, approached the carcass, nudged it --- trying to give it one more chance at life....and then slowly returned to the herd.

Another time she was driving down a dirt road on a perfect day with no traffic anywhere for miles and miles. The road had dozens of bison on both sides, so she slowed to 5 mph and continued on with her windows open, listening and humming to her favorite ...the magnificent Four Seasons (Vivaldi). Soon she realized the bison were gradually easing over toward her car on both sides, walking along and listening to the music, too.

I'm grateful for her dozens of shared experiences and hope everyone will take every opportunity to visit and support our unbelievably beautiful National Parks. It'll be a treasured memory.
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