“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, one finds it attached to the rest of the world.”

John Muir

Jackson Lake-Mt. Moran

On this earth day let us give thanks to our over-burdened mother. Let us breathe deeply of the perfume of her blossoms and allow our eyes to be bathed in her unending beauty. Let us refresh and restore our spirits by soaking in the splendor of vast panoramas and marveling at the infinite variety of her creations. Let our muscles warmed by the sun be cooled with a scintillating breeze after the exertion of a walk on her shores, or a climb to her mountain tops.  Let our gaze go the velvet skies sparkling with pricks of light ruled by a glowing orb. Let us give thanks for the abundance rained down upon us by our good, generous and restorative mother. Let us think today about how we might ease her cares, protect her from industrial scars and gashes and gluttonous appetites for more. And let us say a prayer of thanks to our mother and think of ways that we might lift the heavy load we have placed upon her shoulders bending beneath the weight of our demands.

In the name of the Great Mother Earth

Linda Ballou-Adventure travel writer and Author of Wai-nani-High Chiefess of Hawai`i

Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler’s Tales

North American Travel Journalist Association