A walk in the Canyon-Spring House

I’m not sure how it happened but I got to go on a hike, while on duty, to one of our backcountry sites! A group of my co-workers and I went to Spring House, an 8-mile 8-hour hike. Lets just say that I haven’t hiked 8 miles in …… well…. forever. But the aches and pains, and the huff/puffing was worth it. Spring House is one of our special backcountry hikes that we offer here at Mesa Verde National Park, quite possibly the most strenuous hike we have. It is advertised as “As you hike to Spring House, you will … Continue reading A walk in the Canyon-Spring House

The National Park Service’s 97th Birthday!

Today, the National Park Service turns 97 years old! I would say that it was America’s Best Idea, but I think I may be a little biased! The idea that people, communities and societies filled with our families, decided that they needed to set aside special areas for us, is quite amazing. It always surprises me when people I encounter today don’t understand the importance of being outside, and protecting these special places. Those places are reminders to us; about this Nation’s natural, cultural, and historical background. The National Park Service currently protects and conserves about 401 National Park Units. … Continue reading The National Park Service’s 97th Birthday!

Overshoot Day: August 20th, 2013

I know, I know, I missed posting this yesterday on the 20th, instead of today, the 21st. But the concept still applies, and it’s a horrbily frightening concept as well. We have already used up the natural resources that the Earth can produce this year. How terrible. So many people don’t believe in the affect that we, as humans,¬†have on this beautiful planet. Yes, many of our natural resources are “renewable”. Those resources however “renew” themselves at a MUCH slower rate than we have been consuming them. That right there is the underlining issue. Living too Large on a Finite … Continue reading Overshoot Day: August 20th, 2013

Save the Bee Nation

Not everyone “enjoys” bees, I remember some very unhappy memories of stepping on a few of them as a child during the summer months. Not fun. However, we are slowly realizing just how important bees are. They help to pollinate about a third of everything we eat. To find out more about what Colony Collaspe Disorder is, and what is¬†happening to our bee populations, check out these following links. Honey Bees and Colony Collaspe Disorder Scientists discover another cause of bee deaths… “The pollen they were fed had an average of nine different pesticides and fungicides, though one sample of … Continue reading Save the Bee Nation