One thing about life, it keeps rolling along. If you choose, you can gather an amazing number of adventures from it. You can haul-in unique memories with your mind and camera.
(Rick's bike in front of the Death Valley sign. We rode down to Bad Water where you're actually breathing 182 feet below sea level. It's hot, it's dry, it's scorching sand, rock and cactus.)
But then, life shows you several different looks as you travel on your bike through the West. Nothing so spectacular as Yosemite, which means 'killer' or 'wide mouth' in Native American lore.
(Death Valley sand dunes. There's not much more than weeds, cactus, wild burros, rocks, lizards and the sun in that desolate valley.)
John Muir, America's first conservationist, lived in Yosemite and he wrote about it extensively in his world travels. He also created the National Park System that we all enjoy today. His efforts preserved all our 421 National Parks for each of us to enjoy.
(Nothing quite like watching Yosemite Falls drop for hundreds of feet from the top of the valley down to the Merced River. It's almost like living in a dream.)
There's nothing much grander than standing next to a 2,500-year-old Sequoia Tree in Sequoia National Park. It weighs 120 tons, stretches 300 feet into the air and expels 500 gallons of water 24/7. Those giants have stood since the Roman Empire. They bear witness to the follies of humanity. They are ambassadors from a different time way back in the past.
(And then we visited the Sequoia Trees)
Okay, that's the month of June and Part 1 of this 2020 summer adventure. Next, we're on bicycles in the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone and Glacier National Park. It's a whole different mode of travel and just as exciting, enthralling and magical.
There's a statement by a fellow adventurer that you might like:
"I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon — if I can. I seek opportunity — not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act for myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations, and to face the world boldly and say, this I have done."
- Dean Alfange (1899-1989)
Share these videos all over America:
In a five minute astoundingly simple yet brilliant video, "Immigration, Poverty, and Gum Balls", Roy Beck, director of www.numbersusa.ORG, graphically illustrates the impact of overpopulation. Take five minutes to see for yourself:
http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=LPjzfGChGlE&feature=player_ embedded
"Immigration by the numbers—off the chart " by Roy Beck This 10-minute demonstration shows Americans the results of unending mass immigration on the quality of life and sustainability for future generations: in a few words, "Mind boggling!" www.NumbersUSA.org
-- Frosty Wooldridge
Population-Immigration-Environmental specialist: speaker at colleges, civic clubs, high schools and conferences
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Frosty Wooldridge, six continent world bicycle traveler, Astoria, Oregon to Bar Harbor, Maine, 4,100 miles, 13 states, Canada, summer 2017, 100,000 feet of climbing: