Backpacking trip in White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire full of rain and a lot of tent time.
We took a boat trip into the Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge near Lafayette, Louisiana and it didn’t quite work out as we hoped. Life! After New Orleans we wanted to head out into the wild to see alligators, birds and water bogged Cyprus trees.
The Grand Canyon ended up nestling deep in our minds and while we were working on our pieces for the trip, I happened to read the latest issue of National Geographic. Fortuitous for it presented, like the most satisfying answer to a question, the article “Are We Losing the Grand Canyon?” by Kevin Fedarko.
For our visit to the Grand Canyon we decided to take on the two faces of the North and South Rims. Given the expanse of the canyon (277 miles long by up to 18 miles wide) we decided we needed several days and a break in between rims which would land us in Page, Arizona.
With so many people travelling to experience the natural marvels of the world, the great question looms, how can we keep these marvels as they are for future generations? In the US we have the National Park Service (NPS), which I focus on here, and programs like Leave No Trace to help preserve these sights, but what really does it take for us to be the best stewards of our environment?