Late July! What?
Fittingly, as we head into the second half of summer, we're switching gears here in NVR-land. We wrapped up our LGBT travel extravaganza with our recent journey to San Diego for their yearly Pride event. While our LGBT advocacy focus will remain strong through the end of the year (hands up for federal marriage equality!), we're switching gears for a bit.
Because we need our outdoors fix.
As is usually the case at this time of year, we're going to be starting a run of nature-centric travel. We're excited about that because many National Parks will be involved. We're thrilled about that because we're in the big run up to the 100th anniversary of the national parks in 2016.
Join us in the celebration!
First, find your National Park and learn all about the upcoming Centennial.
Next, get outside! Here are five reasons we believe regular encounters with nature are mandatory:
Because it's simply spectacular.
The planet we inhabit is fascinating. The most enriching and mind expanding things aren't man made. They're in nature.
Because it's rejuvenating
It's like a spa visit, without the expense.
Because it right sizes our significance.
The mind likes to keep its owner riled up and in a near constant state of dis-ease, regretting the past and/or worrying about the future. Nature reminds us that we're each powerful as individuals but, ultimately, very small.
Because it connects us with the earth.
Putting yourself in nature makes it tough to neglect the place we live.
Because it brings clarity.
Being in nature frees the mind of the mental constructs that we fall prey to in our everyday worlds. It's not linear, it's not organized and it's not concerned about our preoccupations. It's where we've made all of our most profound life decisions.
Follow our journey over the coming months. Spoiler alert: An upcoming visit to one of our favorite state's National Parks will also include working at the state fair (bold worthy, don't you think?). Long story short.... About a year ago – on a plane bound for Hawaii – we met some people who own a business that operates at a state fair. We pretty much invited ourselves as free labor, and the rest is history.